Streaming: Tips and Guides

Speed up and improve streaming

When watching online video, most streaming services are loaded through buffering, the process by which the media is temporarily downloaded to your computer before playing.

However, when playback stops due to “buffering”, it indicates that the download speed is slow and the buffer size is less than the playback speed. In this guide, we will learn how to increase video streaming speed and increase buffer size in any browser.

Increase video streaming speed and increase buffer size

There are several methods to continuously avoid running into obstacles while streaming video. This particular article is about one of the best things you can do right now.

  • Check your internet connection
  • Adjust the video quality
  • Clear your browser cache and cookies
  • Disable hardware acceleration

Check your internet connection

If the streaming quality or stability becomes inadequate, there may be a problem with the internet connection. Well, this shouldn’t be the exact reason, but the most common flaw. To check the speed of your connection, many sites provide Internet speed checks with accurate data, including ping speed. Among them, Netflix’s fast.com and Ookla’s Speedtest.net are the best.

If your internet connection doesn’t seem to be working properly or isn’t providing you with an average speed, please refer to the following checklist.

  • Check your cables.
  • Check if the modem or router is working perfectly.
  • Make sure you have an internet subscription that works.
  • Check your device’s network drivers.

Contact your internet service provider if everything looks fine but you continue to experience problems. Also try restarting the router to clear the temporary files.

Adjust the video quality

Even if you have a working internet connection, the transmission speed also depends on the internet speed. If your computer is connected to a slower internet connection and you are trying to stream video in high quality, it will not increase the video streaming speed. Uploading and streaming the video will take a long time. Especially if it’s a live video, you might even miss the entire live show.

Since most video streaming platform allows adjusting the video quality, you can set them manually. Typically, you can watch low-quality 144p videos up to 4K resolution. Instead of setting a single quality, you can also choose “Auto”, which automatically selects the correct resolution in real time.

Clear your browser cache and cookies

Most web browsers store Internet files locally on computers in the form of a cache or cookie. Most cache files are temporary, but the cookies will remain until you clear them all.

Cookies help websites load faster. But if one of your browser’s cookie files is missing or corrupted, there’s a more significant chance that the video streaming page isn’t working properly. It then clears your browser files, including cache, cookies, and history.

Disable hardware acceleration

The hardware acceleration feature in the system or browser can provide performance rather than software acceleration. But most of all it provides a negative effect when streaming online videos. Unlike HTML5 players they may not work properly if hardware acceleration is enabled. By disabling, you can get the best accelerated performance of the software, which generally does not affect browser activities.

All of this should help you increase the video streaming speed and make sure you increase the buffer size as well. Let us know if it worked for you.

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