News travels easily and quickly, but it’s not always accurate. Especially these days, when it is so easy to post anything online, it can be hard to differentiate the truth from the not-so-truth. When it comes to fairy lights, there are really few downsides, but one of the biggest worries people have revolve around how these lights may interfere with a wifi signal. Is this true? Are you really hurting your speeds and connectivity by using these tiny lights near your modem or router? Read on to find out what the deal really is between fairy lights and your wifi signal.
Is It True?
Of course the first thing you and everyone else wants to know is if it is true that interference from these tiny lights actually causes trouble with your wifi signal. The answer to that is a resounding yes, but don’t get worked up quite yet. There are lots of things in your home that can cause your internet signal to slow down and copper wire string lights are only one of many. When considered in perspective, they aren’t even the worst offender when it comes to interference either, so don’t go throwing those beloved light strands out yet!
The Reason Why
Understanding what it is that causes the interference is the first step in getting around it, and in this case it all comes down to a simple, invisible thing; electromagnetic radiation. That’s a big word that can sound scary, but in reality this is a form of energy that is given off by everything you plug in, and in some larger scale situations, it is used to transmit signals used for communication and more.
When you’re looking at your wifi signal, you are looking at a type of electromagnetic radiation that is transmitting a signal through the open air to your computer or other device. Any other electromagnetic fields between the origin point and the device will result in signal slowdowns and overall interference. The larger the item and the amount of current running through it, the larger the field and the more interference it creates.
Is It Your Lights?
Now that you know this, you can reasonably ask yourself if your slowdown is really due to the twinkling points on a copper wire, or if it is caused by something else. You might be quick to blame the lights, but there are a number of other causes of wifi interference that might be more detrimental to your signal. Here are just a few.
- Water pipes absorb most of the wifi signals that hit them, so if your device is on the other side of some pipes from your router, expect some pretty dramatic slowdown.
- Microwave ovens use high powered waves on the same frequency as most wifi signals, which means that when used, you may suffer a wifi blackout.
- All metal objects, especially ones with water pipes in them (like refrigerators) are horrible for wifi.
- Electromagnets like speakers can obviously cause interference.
And of course there are many other things that can have an effect on your signal as well. If you’re experiencing a slowdown, take a moment to consider if it really is your lights, or if it is something else entirely.
What You Can Do About It
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself what you can do about the interference you are experiencing. Of course you don’t want to get rid of your lights, or your microwave or refrigerator. To that end, consider this; the signal that carries your internet connection will travel in a straight line to your device. Simply removing barriers or things that create electromagnetic fields that are between your device and your router will go a long way to improve your connection.
Is it that simple? At the end of the day, it really is. We’ve gotten used to the idea that these signals can just go through things, but we forget that there is a cost to that. While the signal will travel through the wall or other object, it will come out much weaker on the other end. If you are really concerned about your signal, take a moment to map out where your signal is coming from and where it is going to and remove as many obstacles as possible. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your fairy lights and not have to worry about your wifi strength.
It’s the best of all worlds, and who doesn’t love that?