With millions of us being forced to stay inside due to the coronavirus outbreak, having uninterrupted access to the web is now more important than ever. Many will be trying to work from home in the coming weeks which means a good connection is vital. Then there’s the added strain of children being off from school which could mean your broadband is about to take a serious battering.
If you happen to use Virgin Media as your supplier then its worth following some of their top tips to help give your connection a boost.
Some very simple changes can make a huge difference with advice such as finding the perfect spot to place your router worth taking note of.
So, if you want to try and improve things in your home then here are some very simple steps to try and help speeds things up.
FIRST • GIVE EVERYTHING A REBOOT
It may sound ridiculously simple but sometimes it’s worth switching off your router for a few minutes. Leaving these devices on for long periods can mean they get clogged up with digital data and a quick reset can help to clear any congestion.
Most Virgin routers have a switch on the rear case which will cut all power and help you reset things. However, before you do anything make sure everyone in your home is offline and not in the middle of downloading anything important. If you get the all-clear then flick the switch and wait at least 30 seconds before turning things back on. It will take a few minutes before all of your gadgets get connected again but it could be worth the wait.
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NEXT • CHECK THE POSITION OF ROUTER
Placing your router in the right position can be vital if you want the very best signal beamed around your home. Virgin says it’s a good idea to put your router out in the open and away from anything that could block the signal.
If possible, it’s also important to raise it off the floor and keep it away from any other gadgets that might interfere with the connection.
In fact, you should move your router at least one metre away from objects such as televisions, wireless speakers and cordless phones. These devices have their own signals and can mess with your Wi-Fi.