Join us at TNW Conference 2021 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on December 1, 2015


Ofcom’s mobile Wi-Fi checker will tell you about problems with your connection

Ofcom’s mobile Wi-Fi checker will tell you about problems with your connection
Ben Woods
Story by

Ben Woods

Europe Editor

Ben is a technology journalist with a specialism in mobile devices and a geeky love of mobile spectrum issues. Ben used to be a professional Ben is a technology journalist with a specialism in mobile devices and a geeky love of mobile spectrum issues. Ben used to be a professional online poker player. You can contact him via Twitter or on Google+.

Ofcom, the UK’s telecom watchdog, has launched a mobile app that will tell you if your Wi-Fi connection is slowing down your home broadband speed.

The app, which is available for Android and iOS devices, has been made in collaboration with SamKnows and will tell you if your wireless signal is being degraded, and therefore slowing everything else down.

In my quick test, it was straightforward to use – just a quick tap to start the test once it’s installed, two brief checks and it’ll return your result. In my case, that was telling me that all was well with my connection.

wificheckerofcom

If you are having problems though, it’ll suggest possible causes of the interference , like a microwave, baby monitor, or (more pertinently given it’s December) Christmas lights.

Admittedly, you probably didn’t need an app to tell you that your Wi-Fi signal is poor – slow page loads and downloads, intermittent connectivity, slow pings and a variety of other things are usually a pretty big hint – but it’s nice that non-technically inclined users are getting pointers as to the potential source of interference, even if it does mean the Christmas lights take the blame. It could also be useful to work out if you’re getting the speeds you pay for, or if your equipment setup is sabotaging your connection’s potential.

➤ Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve broadband [Ofcom | Android | iOS]