Virgin Media reveals seven little-known W-Fi ‘speed killers’ – including the unexpected item in your kitchen

VIRGIN Media O2 has revealed seven surprising objects that can seriously affect your Wi-Fi connection and speed.

And some of the appliances you’re digging out to stay cool this weekend could be the culprit in your household.

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The company states that the following items must be at least two meters away from your hub to avoid possible interference.

And air conditioners and fans are at the top of the list.

So if you expose your device to a heatwave, make sure it is away from the router.

Baby monitors and radios or speakers can also pose a problem.

Aside from everyday electronics, mirrors can also interfere with Wi-Fi.

That’s because signals can effectively bounce off them.

But one of the strangest items Virgin Media O2 has warned about is… aluminum foil.

Elsewhere, paddling pools are a problem as the water can distort signals – although it’s unlikely there is a paddling pool near your router.

So if your hub is near one of these, it might be best to relocate them.

Gareth Lister, Director of Connectivity at Virgin Media O2, has three key tips for users.

First, don’t hide the hub – place it high and upright in a location with space around it.

Make sure it is in a cool place.

Similar to cell phones and laptops, always store the hub in a cool place indoors, away from bright sunlight.

And don’t place it on metal furniture as it can be hot and affect the hub’s connectivity.

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