New app can determine if your Wi-Fi is working at its best, troubleshoot

Wondering why your Internet is moving at a snail’s pace? There’s an app for that.

Wi-Fi Checker

UK-based communications regulator, Ofcom, has just released an app for smartphones and tablets that allows people to check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service, then offers steps to help get the most from their connection.

According to the company, wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in nearly six million UK homes and offices and its attributing the hold-up to interference from other electronic devices, like microwaves, baby monitors, lamps — and even your Christmas lights.

The app will test your Wi-Fi set-up and, if it finds a problem, provide some troubleshooting tips to help improve broadband.

Some suggestions the company has come up with include:

1. Move your router away from electrical devices.
2. Move your router to a different part of your home.
3. Try restarting your wireless router.
4. Use an Ethernet cable to connect directly to your router.

The App is available for free download for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

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