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With the emergence of the Cloud, WiFi has become integral to running a business

So, a word of warning to all those business owners who are remote working from home, or from somewhere else that isn’t your office, fairy lights can slow down your WiFi.

Ofcom have warned people that interferences from electrical devices, such as christmas lights can have a negative effect on your wireless connection. They have released an app that can check help you check the connection of your broadband. The app samples wireless signals to see if data is flowing uninterrupted from routers to phones and tablets. The app is released alongside research which suggests wi-fi in six million homes and offices is not running as fast as it could do. The app also provides tips to help people spot what might be slowing down their wi-fi speed.

The ever-present WiFi

Statistics about home wi-fi speeds are in Ofcom’s 2015 Connected Nations report that looks at the state of telecoms and wireless networks in the UK.

The report said there had been “good progress” on the availability and use of telecoms services. About 27% of UK homes now have super-fast broadband that runs at speeds in excess of 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). Last year the figure was 21%.

Super-fast broadband is now available to more than 83% of UK homes – up from 75% in the same period in 2014.

Internet and your business

Even if you don’t work from home, and your home or office isn’t decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, it’s worth making sure that you have a decent internet connection. When sat in your office with great WiFi, it’s easy to forget just how important it is to the running of your business. If your router packs up or your connection gets lots, often your business can be brought to a standstill.

Sometimes, there is nothing we can do to avoid a loss of connection, but you should make sure that you have the best connection possible in order to really  get the best for your business.