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How to instantly improve your internet speed – from avoiding lamps and microwaves to putting router on a shelf

WHETHER you’re now working from home or just regularly video chatting with your family, speedy internet is more important than ever.

Here’s some tips you can use to try and stop your WiFi being slow.

Internet speeds are becoming more important than ever

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Internet speeds are becoming more important than everCredit: Alamy

Avoid lamps and microwaves

A lot of people don’t realise that lamps, fridges and microwaves are all transmitting their own wavelengths.

These waves are similar to what’s coming from your WiFi router and can interfere with the signal.

Try not to place your WiFi router near any of these household objects.

Make use of shelves

Clearing your cache can help improve browsing speeds

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Clearing your cache can help improve browsing speedsCredit: Getty – Contributor

The location of your WiFi router is everything when it comes to connection.

Try and position your router as high as possible and see if it improves the speed.

If you put a router on the floor a lot of the signal gets absorbed by the ground.

Clear your cache

Clearing the cache on your browser could make it run faster.

A cache is just a collection of data which your device is storing.

To clear your cache in a Google Chrome browser you need to click on the vertical three dots in the top right hand corner and then click ‘More tools’.

Next you need to click  ‘Clear browsing data’ and select the time frame and the data you want to delete and then click ‘Clear data’.

Password protect your router

If you live in an urban or suburban area and don’t have a password on your router then there’s a chance people are connecting to your WiFI and using up your bandwidth.

Sometimes people do this unintentionally if their devices are set to automatically connect to any WiFi.

Creating a WiFi password or changing it if you think people outside of your household know it means you can control how many devices are being connected.

Avoid windows

If you put your router near a window then some of the signal will be sent outside and therefore won’t be as strong in the centre of the building.

It is also advisable to avoid putting routers near fish tanks as the water can absorb the signal and reduce the distance it can travel.

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And, a mysterious bug that can crash your WhatsApp is being spread via a specific text.

Do you have problems with your WiFi? Let us know in the comments…


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