LockDown - can avoiding using microwaves REALLY boost your internet connection?
As the nation goes into lockdown, the Space Data Centres team is hearing interesting reports that avoiding using the microwave will actually help to speed up your internet connection.
This would be welcome news as the battle for bandwidth rages in households across the land as business owners and employees get to grips with homeworking, whilst the family is isolated inside.
Along with sensible measures such as downloading in advance rather than streaming on demand it seems the regulator Ofcom has been thinking outside the router box;
"Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wi-fi signals?" Ofcom asks.
"So don't use the microwave when you're making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online."
Remember landlines? Go old school, as Ofcom advised making calls on these where possible, due to the demand on mobile networks.
"If you do need to use your mobile, try using your settings to turn on wi-fi calling," Ofcom said.
"Similarly, you can make voice calls over the internet using apps like Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp."
Of course it also makes sense to disconnect devices that are not in use.
"The more devices attached to your wi-fi, the lower the speed you get," it said.
"Devices like tablets and smartphones often work in the background, so try switching wi-fi reception off on these when you're not using them."