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    Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

    This is a discussion on Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband within the Speed tests and how to get better results forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; 01 December 2015 Six million homes and offices could improve their wireless broadband New ‘app’ allows people to check their ...

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      Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      01 December 2015

      Six million homes and offices could improve their wireless broadband
      New ‘app’ allows people to check their Wi-Fi connection for problems
      More than one in four homes now ‘superfast’, but challenges remain

      People can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service by using a simple, powerful app launched by Ofcom today.

      The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker, which runs on smartphones and tablets, allows consumers and businesses to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they live or work - as well as offering practical steps to help people get the best from their connection.

      Wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in nearly six million UK homes and offices, according to Ofcom research published today. This is often caused by the Wi-Fi set-up in the house slowing down broadband.

      It could be down to something as simple as interference from other electronic devices, such as a microwave oven, baby monitor, a lamp - or even Christmas fairy lights.

      The app tests the Wi-Fi set-up and, if it finds a problem, will provide some troubleshooting tips to help improve broadband. It is free to download now from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
      Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband | Ofcom

      Love the comments about Christmas fairy lights.
      Tried the app around the house and garden and had no problems with it on Android and iOS. Keeps telling me I do not have any problems, but I know that and the report is hopeless.


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      Re: Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      I had to laugh this morning when they discussed this story on Breakfast. However the issue with the Christmas tree lights is true.

      Whilst not all the lights will cause a problem, basically it comes down to whether or not there is an electrical fault.

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      Re: Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      Christmas tree lights cause loads of crc0's and fec's on your broadband line
      never tested its effects on wifi

      you dont have to have any yourself the neighbours will cause it

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      Re: Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      I think it is more the flashing type that cause problems, normal static lights will make little or no difference.

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      Useful Utilites

      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html/ TCPOptimiser /Test Socket

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      Re: Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      Do you have full instructions how to test?

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      Re: Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband

      It's the power supplies they use. Fairy light PSUs are pretty rubbish and the derived AC is a square wave. A square wave is made up of all the frequencies in the spectrum and so interferes with most things. Even the non flashing lights can cause interference if they have a voltage step down PSU.

     

     

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