Your WiFi could be RUINED by UK heatwave as 28C weather risks shutting down routers, Virgin Media warns

HOT temperatures could stop your WiFi router from working if you leave it in direct sunlight for a long time.

The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave with temperatures around the 30°C mark, leading Virgin Media to come out with a WiFi warning.

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The broadband provider has told its customers to keep their routers out of the sun and in cooler areas of their home.

Virgin Media states on its website: “Nobody wants hot Hub summer! Although we test our Hubs carefully at a range of temperatures, they are better off out of bright sunlight, just like your phone or laptop.

“But that doesn’t mean you should stick the Hub in a cupboard or hidden behind your TV either.”

Your WiFi router should be in shaded area but it still shouldn’t be obstructed by big objects that could ruin your signal.

“It could slow down your connection or even grind to a halt altogether.” – Virgin Media

Some objects like cupboards, fridges and fish tanks will get in the way of your WiFi signal.

Virgin Media added: “If the Hub gets too hot, it could slow down your connection or even grind to a halt altogether.

“Good placement of the Hub could also mean greater WiFi reach.”

Your WiFi router, like most electrical devices, already generates heat while it’s working so any additional heat can cause problems.

Virgin Media hasn’t reported any widespread issues with its routers but has posted some other helpful tips on its “Boost your broadband for summer” page.

No matter what brand you’re using, your best to keep your router indoors in a cool spacious place.


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