Speed up slow broadband for Christmas Day with these 4 simple tips

Christmas can be a nightmare on your broadband speeds, thanks to the new consoles, video games, gadgets or maybe the whole family are sitting down to watch a Christmas film on Netflix or the extended family have temporarily moved in and commandeered your WiFi password.

From streaming your favourite Christmas cracker on Netflix or Amazon Prime, to downloading an operating system update for your new games console – Christmas can be taxing on your broadband.

This comes after Virgin Media released the results of a festive survey which showed One in 10 UK adults would sacrifice alcohol in order to stay online this Christmas in what is being dubbed “going Dry-Fi”.

Check out Virgins festive survey here

One in five 25 to 34 year olds said that having WiFi will be “essential” for a successful Christmas Day. Luckily there are a few simple tricks to give your struggling broadband a helping hand.

1. The perfect position

Your router is the key to decent WiFi speeds around the home – and its position in your house can have a dramatic effect on your speeds. If your walls are thick the signal may struggle to get through so you may have to get some Black Friday deals on signal boosters to dot around your house.

Your broadband router close to a wall or under the television can seriously restrict the signal. Putting a router in the wrong place can slow your internet speeds down to a snail pace. When it comes to finding a new home of your router – the more central, the better.

Ideally, your WiFi router will be within sight of wherever you sit or use your wireless most frequently. Mounting a router to a wall or setting it on a high shelf can be a great way to ensure you get a solid wireless connection on both floors of a two-storey home.

Router signal in your house. Putting your router in the right place will increase your router signal

2. Spring clean your router & clean up your PC

Like a home computer or a modern smartphone, it’s a good idea to switch off your router from time to time. This should clear up any issues and help to speed things up.

Some experts advise rebooting your router as often as once a week although every month should probably be enough to do the trick. It’s also worth double-checking your PC or smartphone isn’t running speed internet-hungry programmes behind your back, as this can have a big impact on your service.

3. Pick your time

It’s an annoying fact, but peak times mean slower speeds…if you’re with certain broadband providers anyway (FYI, not with Spectrum!) Research shows that users can see a drop in broadband performance of up to 35% when traffic is at its heaviest.

As you might expect the worst time to surf is between 7pm and 9pm.

4. Make sure your broadband provider is part of the Cardiff Internet Exchange

Thanks to London Internet Exchange (LINX), Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and supporting service providers, including Spectrum Internet, we welcome the new Internet Exchange to the capital.

What does this mean for South Wales and South West?
• Improved efficiencies across your network
• Improved data transactions with customers
• Lower costs, thanks to reduced transit costs for local ISPs
• Increased competitiveness within your market

your broadband provider needs to be part of the Cardiff IX