Don’t ruin the holidays by making these silly decorating mistakes

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Christmas decorations could be bad news for your WiFi speeds.

This is according to internet experts who have warned that fairy lights and even garlands can harm your internet at home.

So if you’re decorating hallways with something other than holly branches, consider WiFi this winter.

So if you’re decorating hallways with something other than holly branches, consider WiFi this winter.

Your WiFi internet works using radio waves which, like light, can be reflected and even blocked.

The Sun has previously revealed how microwaves, lamps and aquariums may interfere with WiFi.

But internet giant Sky revealed some festive missteps for internet users this Christmas.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is blocking your router with a Christmas tree, according to Sky.

“The more you can keep your router from blinking and flickering, the stronger your connection will be,” Sky explained.

“And if your tree covered in garlands is blocking your line of sight to the router, the connection is likely affected.”

Sky also says garlands can cause chaos for WiFi.

That’s because it’s made of shredded aluminum foil that can reflect the WiFi signal, broadband experts have warned.

So if you are thinking about wrapping your router in tinsel, then don’t.

Sky advises keeping decorations, balls, garlands and lights away from your router for maximum WiFi performance.
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Using separate sockets for your router and Christmas lights is also recommended to “avoid interference”.

They said this is especially true for lights that “twinkle and blink”.

This can make them “more prone to connectivity disruptions”.

“If your WiFi becomes unreliable after switching on the large living room, this may be the cause,” Sky warned.

Sky recommends keeping decorations, balls, garlands and lights away from your router for maximum WiFi performance.

And if you’re really worried about Christmas, it’s worth pre-installing games and downloading 4K movies ASAP – so you don’t get stuck without a good signal on Christmas Day.

Remember: The internet may have more trouble than usual on December 25th because everyone is at home using the internet with TV streaming, online games, and playing Michael Bublé on Amazon Alexa 24/7.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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