Nine ways to improve the Wi-Fi connectivity in your home this Christmas


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In the Christmas holiday period it's likely you'll be doing more clicking, uploading, streaming and sharing than in an 'average' week.

We've asked our experts to jot down some top tips to get the best out of your Wi-Fi this Christmas:

1. Keep your router away from electrical devices
Lamps, dimmer switches, stereo or computer speakers, fairy lights, TVs and monitors and AC power cords can all cause interference to broadband routers. Devices which emit wireless signals such as baby monitors can also impact speeds.

2. Walls and even furniture could act as an obstacle to the Wi-Fi
Ideally routers should be kept centrally within the home. If your home is large or has thick walls your Wi-Fi may not reach the places you want to use it. In that case you can use one of TalkTalk's Powerline adaptors to boost the signal.

3. Check your router is plugged into your master socket
Plugging your router into this socket gives you the best connection possible. If your master socket is a standard socket design, you'll need to plug in a micro filter. You'll also need a micro filter in every phone socket that is used in your home. If your master socket is a Fibre socket or a pre-filtered socket, then there's no need for micro filters anywhere in your home.

4. Restart your wireless router
This may automatically select a less busy Wi-Fi radio frequency. Turn it off at the mains and leave it off for at least 30 seconds before turning it back on. TalkTalk's Fibre customers will need to leave their routers off for 20 minutes before turning them back on to completely refresh the connection.

5. Reducing the number of obstacles around your router will give you a better wireless range
Remember, the signal comes from the front of the router, so make sure your router is facing in to your home. It shouldn't be positioned on its side and the antenna should point upwards. Try placing your router on a table or shelf, rather than the floor and make sure it's free of obstructions like furniture or books.

6. Try turning off and unplugging unused connected devices (such as computers, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and your TV set-top box)
The speed of your broadband connection is shared with all the devices you have connected. If your house is full of streamers, uploaders, tablet surfers, music downloaders and Skypers, Superfast Fibre Broadband may be the answer. With this, everyone can do more online at the same time, smoother and faster.

7. Get your system and software up to date
Using older versions of a browser can seriously slow things down – especially if you're looking at pages with lots of pictures or watching videos. Upgrading to the latest version of the browser you use – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer – may really speed things up. The age of your device can also affect your broadband speed. If yours has seen better days, you might want to think about getting a new one. It's also important to keep all your software up to date.

8. Try closing any windows or applications you don't need or aren't using
Having lots of tasks running in the background of your computer can cause your connection to slow. Virus checkers and internet security suites can also cause connections to slow. However, we don't recommend you turn those off. It's better to lose a little speed than to allow your computer to become infected, which will slow your connection down even more.

9. Check your Wi-Fi settings
One of the main causes of slow speeds is interference from other Wi-Fi signals. If someone nearby is using the same channel as you, the signals may interfere with each another and slow things down. Most of TalkTalk's routers automatically find the best Wi-Fi channel, but you might want to change the channel to see if this speeds things up.

10. How to connect to Wi-Fi

For step-by-step instructions on how to get your wireless devices, including smartphones and games consoles, connected to a Wi-Fi network, please choose from the following options: Android Tablet, iPad, Windows 10 PC, Apple OS computer, Smart TV, or click here if the device you want to connect is not listed.

If you're after more information about your wireless internet from TalkTalk, please visit the Help pages.