A study by wireless networking firm AirMagnet indicates that holiday decorations cause interference to indoor Wi-Fi network. It found out that tinsels and Christmas wreaths can reduce WiFi signal strength by 25 percent.
Chia-Chee Kuan, AirMagnet’s CTO and vice president of engineering, said the introduction of new elements in a corporate environment has potential serious impact on the performance of WiFi networks. Wireless analysts, like Craig Mathias of the Farpoint Group, agreed that any metal or electrically powered ornaments can create Wi-Fi interference.
According to AirMagnet, this phenomenon could present a big headache for businesses as signal reduction can lead to slow or dropped connections, thus causing decreased productivity. The company recommended that network administrators regularly conduct wireless analysis throughout the year, including the holidays.