Revealed: the top 10 things Brits blame for bad home WiFi

Revealed: the top 10 things Brits blame for bad home WiFi


Posted 9th April by Peter Byrne

Does your internet connection dip in and out?

It's something that has a knock-on impact for many Brits - however, what we blame for the bad connection certainly differs. A poll of 2,000 Brits has revealed the many things we hold accountable for a poor internet speed, ranging from heavy road traffic to the government - and even ghosts.

Nearly one in ten Brits also think Wi-Fi speeds will be impacted by someone using the phone nearby.

The survey, carried out by Virgin Media, also saw people blaming thick walls and bright lights.

He added: "It may surprise many, but just three per cent of those who took part in the study agreed water can affect home broadband which can be Wi-Fi’s Achilles’ heel."

"Fish tanks, weather, and even human beings – which are made of mostly water – can also impact connectivity."

"But we’d be very surprised if ghosts were the reason why some people experience Wi-Fi issues."

It was also found that two in five Brits mistakenly thought Wi-Fi was short for 'wireless frequency', while another quarter believed it stood for 'wireless fidelity'.

However, in reality, it's not short for anything - Wi-Fi is simply the name it was given.

With slow internet causing a lot of anguish - particularly when we're trying to binge the latest Netflix series - Brits are going to extreme lengths to fix their connection. For instance, one in 10 have ended up hitting their router to boost internet speed.

Another 14 per cent will also turn their router off before going to bed, which is actually not advised, as it can lead to speed issues.

And, amazingly, nearly a tenth have 10 or more devices connected at any given time.

The majority said they enjoy the best signal in the living room, but millions fail to get a good connection in their bathroom or kitchen, the data revealed.

Nearly 13 per cent think having active devices connected to Wi-Fi could also lead to slow operating speeds too.

The top 10 factors that Brits believe impacts their Wi-Fi are:

1. Weather
2. Thick walls
3. Electrical appliances
4. Time of the day
5. Neighbours devices and WiFi
6. If someone is on the phone
7. The Government
8. Humans
9. MI5 / MI6
10. Traffic






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