There are several things you can do to stop your wifi problems (Image: Getty Images)
WiFi speeds can make or break your day but many of us don’t want to spend a fortune on broadband packages and extra boosters to get fast Internet.
98% of Brits report that they rely on the Internet every day and yet 34% don’t feel confident tackling these network problems themselves, according to a Virgin Media O2 survey.
The research also showed that over half of respondents (59%) could get a more reliable connection if they placed their hub in a better location within their home.
To tackle the problem, Virgin Media O2 has teamed up with room planner and feng shui expert, Cliff Tan.
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Gareth Lister, Director of Connectivity at Virgin Media O2, said: “Broadband is an essential part of everyday life. Whether you’re working from home, shopping online, or catching up on that must-watch series, connectivity is at the heart of life.
“But being aware of where to put your router is often overlooked.
“With reliable broadband at the top of most people’s priority list, a night out with friends and a date to hit with their partner, we teamed up with feng shui expert Cliff Tan to come up with our top tips some about avoiding common connectivity mishaps. so our customers can enjoy a harmonious home with WiFi around every corner.”
Four things you should avoid that affect your WiFi speed
Virgin Media’s O2 broadband expert has outlined four things you should avoid in your home to avoid any ‘unwanted Wi-Fi woes’:
Avoid putting your router in a cabinet, keep it out in the open (ideally up high) so the signal is free to roam.
Move your router at least one meter away from things like TVs, wireless speakers, baby monitors and cordless phones. These devices have their own signals and can interfere with WiFi.
Hold your router upright, with the front lights facing the room. This ensures that the signal goes out, rather than into the floor.
Avoid turning off your router at night. This is to ensure that the latest firmware updates can be completed so that you can get the best from your hub.
See the daily items that affect your Wi-Fi speed, according to Virgin Media O2. (Canva) (Image: Canva)
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Where should I put my home wifi router?
Space planner and Feng Shui expert, Cliff Tan, has said that the core of the house reflects balance and connection between the different zones under the traditional practice of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is the process of using energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surroundings.
To create a fair, peaceful and WiFi-friendly home, broadband users can adopt similar principles to ensure maximum throughput from their connectivity.
The experts recommend placing your hub in a central part of your home, but in particular, central to the high energy areas where you will rely on the hub the most.
Users should also aim to hold the hub up and face forward so that the signal can reach the entire room.
Virgin Media broadband expert O2 has urged Brits to avoid these 4 things that affect their WiFi speed. (Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)
Energy feels best when it can be seen, and this is true even for WiFi signals according to experts.
They add: “If you can, try to make sure you see the hub from where you want it most, ie place it near an office area or living room so your devices have a direct route to receive a signal from your router”.
Keep clutter away
Under Feng Shui, clutter is said to promote a natural flow of energy throughout the room.
The experts encourage users to see a broadband connection like this as well.
“Avoid placing items that can affect your hub’s signal, such as baby monitors, speakers and TVs, directly next to or in front of your router as they will interfere with the WiFi and block flow the natural state of connectivity,” said the broadband experts.
When applying Feng Shui to a room, people need to consider that mirrors reflect and change our surroundings, so they need to be careful how they use them.
They can also interfere with our wifi – especially large wall mirrors as they are made up of a thin metal coat which can interfere with the hub.
Experts recommend that users try to keep the hub at least one meter away from large mirrors.
They added: “Be aware of the five elements around the house: Feng Shui uses the five elements – earth, wood, fire, metal and water – to describe the physical and energetic world around us.
“Watch out for metals at home such as metal furniture, for example, a TV cabinet has a certain density and quality that can interfere with WiFi signals, so you should think about where you place your hub “.