Having hard time streaming National Lampoons Christmas Vacation this holiday season? It could be because your Christmas Lights are disrupting your wi-fi signal.
The British regulatory agency OFCOM sent out a warning to consumers that Christmas Lights can interfere with your home wi-fi signal. In fact a bunch of your home electronics are interacting with the wif-fi bouncing aorund your home and off your tinfoil hat.
They have an app that lets you check the wi-fi signal in your house.
OK, before you donate you pre-lit Christmas tree to an internet free relative….how much interference are these Christmas lights really causing?
The Conversation website has a whole whack of science for you to bite into.
Most fairy (Christmas) lights have unshielded wires, which means there’s no radio frequency insulation to protect radio-based devices from the electromagnetic effects of the power cables trailing around your tree.
Nevertheless, it would take a considerable volume of lights to create enough interference to seriously degrade your Wi-Fi network. In fact, you would have to be lighting up your tree like a small sun – which perhaps some of you are planning.
Basically they say, where you place your router is important (as it is important any time of year) and don’t decorate it with Christmas Tree lights.