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Poms Hyper Ventilate About Router Heat Problems On 30 Degree Day

It’s a warm day in the UK and the British tech media are hyper ventilating running stories claiming that ‘Ta so called “Heatwave” ‘could cause broadband outages and slow Wi-Fi unless consumers take action to protect their communication gear.

In what would be just another warm day in most Australian Cities, 30 degrees, UK tech media as well as publications such as the Daily Express are running alarmist stories spruiking readers as to how their tech gear could ‘malfunction in the spiralling temperatures swamping England, Wales and Scotland’, some have even found questionable experts to give them advice.

The UK Met Office has even issued an extreme heat weather warning for the first time this year as the UK swelters in a warm 30ºC temperatures, it would be interesting to see what happen if the temperature got really hot or over 38 degrees as it so often does in Australia.

The sizzling temperatures are widely expected to continue for the rest of this week. And it could wreak havoc with your broadband speeds and Wi-Fi signal the Daily Express has warned.

Even carriers such as BT and Virgin have got in on the act despite router brands such as Netgear and D-Link telling users that their routers will operate at temperatures between 38 & 40 degrees.

When I posed the question about operating temperature on the Netgear site I got the message ‘This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you’ll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one’.

Speaking about the consequences of overheated broadband routers, Catherine Hiley, broadband expert at USwitch, told Express.co.uk: “We’re all struggling to keep cool in this heatwave, and electrical equipment like routers are no different. Just like laptops, phones and games consoles, routers require ventilation to get rid of excess heat. Therefore, you should avoid placing them in or near direct sunlight’

“Many of us put them close to windows because they are plugged into wires, which run through the external walls. So, if yours is overheating, try moving it further inside the property. Keeping it in a shaded area and ensuring the room is well ventilated should be enough to stop it from overheating. If you’re using a fan to keep cool, make sure the router benefits from the moving air as well.

I called Optus to inquire how many calls they get due to overheating of routers. They struggled to even recall when or if they had got a complaint, it was the same with Telstra support.

USwitch did share some helpful tips for UK customers who are now experiencing a normal summers day for most Australian Cities.

Location: Ensure your router is kept away from direct sunlight, avoiding windowsills during the warmer months. Try a cooler space in the centre of your home.

Air circulation: Keep your router in a ventilated area to allow the device to regulate its temperature. Do not tuck behind furniture or other large items, as this could also impact your broadband strength.

Disconnect unused devices: Turn the Wi-Fi off on gadgets you’re not using, even if they’re in a drawer. They may be adding unnecessary strain to your bandwidth.

Run a speed test: This will determine whether your router is running at the speeds you signed up for. If your device is struggling, it could be down to underlying issues.

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