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Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle

After last year, we can all be forgiven for putting up a few more festive lights than normal, but did you know this could affect your broadband?

This might sound like an urban myth, but it’s actually true.

Electrical interference can seriously hamper your broadband. It comes in lots of forms so it can be tricky to work out what is really affecting your broadband speed. It could be the boiler switching on and off, interference from your TV, or anything else electrical in the home.

If you have a fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband connection that’s slow or dropping out entirely then Christmas lights could be the culprit.

The best way to avoid this is to keep your ADSL router away from other electrical devices; particularly switched-mode power supplies (the small power bricks we all use to charge our mobile phones).

Another tip is to avoid putting your router behind a LCD or plasma TV.

Click here for some hints on broadband self-help.

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