Live video streaming has been a boon during the pandemic lockdowns. It has not only helped those working from home to attend online meetings and continue business-as-usual, but also helped students study from home. Aside from this, live video streaming has helped people stay connected during the lonely days of social distancing and staying home.
However, there are a number of ways in which live video streaming can go wrong. This could include issues such as lag, sound difficulties, device malfunction, quality issues, etc. While broadband speed and strength are two major factors, there are other things you can do to improve your video streaming quality:
Check your download speeds which appear in megabits/second. If they are similar to what your ISP offers, then it means that the issue is from your end. If the download speeds are lower than what your ISP promised, then you can ask them to address the issue.
Close background programs
To improve video streaming download speeds, shut down unnecessary tabs and background programs that aren’t in use presently.
Sometimes restarting the router might be all that’s necessary to improve your network speed as it gets rids of the network’s cache. You could also try resetting your router to its default setting.
Disconnect other devices
To improve quality and speed of video streaming, you could temporarily disconnect other devices linked to your Wi-Fi network. This way, you can minimize other data hoggers that could be slowing down your video steaming.
In some situations, the best way to improve your video streaming is by plugging in directly into the Ethernet connection and bypassing the router Wi-Fi. This way you get an assured increase in speed and consistency.
You could also try video streaming during low-activity or low-traffic times. Video streaming during peak hours on weekdays is bound to bring down internet speeds and affect the quality of your video.
Some other ways include using your router’s 5GHz channel instead of 2.4GHz channel and ensuring there are no physical obstacles between your router and your device. The best way of course is to use a fibernet connection which guarantees optimal speeds with zero lags.