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Original Air Date: Nov 25, 2016



Wifi and Christmas Lights


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The Internet is once again abuzz about how holiday lighting systems can cause problems for your WiFi network.

While it is technically possible, it’s highly unlikely that you'll actually experience any WiFi problems with standard lighting strings.

Just to play it safe, avoid plugging your light strings into the same outlet or power strip as your WiFi router and if you still think you have an interference problem, there’s an easy way to figure it out.

Simply test your Internet connection speeds without them plugged in and with them plugged using something like http://speedtest.net.

The reality is that you WiFi network is much more susceptible to interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones, baby monitors or typically a neighbor’s WiFi router that’s a short distance away.

You’re WiFi router should have the ability to automatically find the least congested channel, but if it doesn’t, the best channels to manually set it are 1, 6 and 11 to avoid overlap.

Android users can also use an awesome free app called WiFi Analyzer to check your connections.

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