It’s that time of year. If you haven’t done it already, then you’re making plans to do it. It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time to trim the tree, put up the lights, and do all of the holiday-related decorating that people do around the holidays, myself included. However, all electronics that emit radio waves have a similar issue, and that’s their disruption to home Wi-Fi signals. That’s right, your Christmas lights and other electronic holiday decorations might be slowing down your WiFi.
Ofcom, the UK’s version of the FCC, has stated that lights can cause interference, and blinking lights in particular are a problem for most wireless routers. There are a few times out there, like perhaps adjusting the channel on your router and making sure your router is as far away from your holiday decorations as possible, but for the most part, most users aren’t going to experience a significant slow-down as a result of a few fairy lights hanging off of a plastic tree or stapled under a gutter.