While your streaming experience ultimately depends on the strength and the speed of your Internet connection, there are other things that you can do to cut down on buffering and improve the speed. We all love to blame our Internet Service Providers, carrier cables or platforms like Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube. But it is still possible to achieve a better streaming experience despite these challenges. Here are some easy tips to improve your experience so you can enjoy uninterrupted binge watching.
- Limit Running Programs
Closing any background running program ensures that you aren’t keeping them open while streaming. Alternatively, if your device is currently downloading items, you can consider pausing or waiting for them to finish before you begin streaming.
- Temporarily Disable other Connections
Sharing your internet with other devices slows down the quality and speed as the other gadgets are loading as well. Minimizing the number of “distractions” therefore will improve your speed and hence your experience. As such, turn off Internet connections for as many other devices as possible to have a better experience.
- Check your Internet Speed
Sometimes, you may experience a slower download speed than you’re paying for, in megabits per second. But if the speed comes close to or matches your set speed, then the issue is most likely on your end rather than on the ISP’s. You will, therefore, need to reset your network to remove any connected devices and boost the speed. Alternatively, you can call your ISP to address the problem.
- Update your Device
When using an app such as Hulu or Netflix, you’ll want to ensure that you use its most recent version. The best way, therefore, would be by checking for newer versions before using use each time. This way, your experience will be enhanced.
- Use Ethernet Rather than Wireless Connections
Not only does using an Ethernet increase your connection speed and consistency, but it also prevents your device from dropping the connection. Unless the router is offline, therefore, there will be little to no obstacles between the device and your router, and this will significantly boost the quality and speed.
- Adjust your Streaming Service’s Quality
Unfortunately, you may have to compromise on quality to better your consistency. An ‘HD’ quality video, for instance, may require a higher strength than a lower quality video. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a 5 GHz channel instead of the standard 2.4 GHz. However, the device may have to be closer to the router as the channel only allows for a shorter range.
Ultimately, you may end up upgrading to a new model of router, device, or Internet package to attain the streaming quality you want. But now that you know the requirements, it is time you enjoyed it to the very best.