There’s loads more demand for wifi and data right now. Here's some news about keeping connected.
Digital access and equipment for education
- The Department for Education wants to provide laptops and 4G routers to some young people who don’t have access to the internet. If you are a care leaver or have a social worker, or are in Year 10 you may qualify.
- Local schools have been asked to tell Lambeth Council who they think should get equipment. Social workers are doing the same. Laptops and dongles should be available from Mid-June. If you think you qualify, but have heard nothing yet, talk to your school or social worker.
BBC News is reporting that laptops or tablets will be lent to, "...some deprived 15-year-olds who do not already have access to a computer." It will be up to schools or local authorities to decide who needs help. There may also be some 4G routers to help them connect.
7 tips to stay connected
1. Use landlines or wifi for calls
More calls on mobiles means worse connection. Use wifi calling. Use WhatsApp, Messenger, FaceTime, Skype, or other wifi calling apps.
2. Protect routers
Keep broadband routers away from interference. Cordless phones, baby monitors, dimmer switches, Bluetooth speakers, TVs and monitors all affect wifi if they’re too close.
Microwaves spoil video calls, HD streaming and web surfing
Keep the router on a table or shelf not on the floor.
3. Less means more
Less phones, laptops, PlayStation, X-Boxes connected at the same time, means more speed and quality.
Switch off wifi connections when not needed.
Turn video off on calls if you don't want to see or be seen!
Share connection slots out if there are a few of you connecting.
Downloading video instead of streaming.
4. Wired not wireless
Use cables to connect PCs and laptops instead of wifi. You can get long network cables for £3.
5. Direct not extended
Plug routers directly into telephone sockets, not extension leads.
If you use extensions, keep them tidy. Tangles and coils cut speeds.
Plug micro filters into every phone socket.
6. Check your speed
7. Get advice
Still got problems? Try contacting the broadband provider. Use the website for FAQs. You could call, but they’re very busy.
The council is looking for ways to get more public wifi available where it’s most needed. Keep checking back to find out what’s happening.