The internet has blessed us with an incredible amount of video content to enjoy. And we consumers gladly devour what has been offered. Around 88% of netizens (internet users) watch videos online every day. The supply is so great that according to Cisco, around 17,000 hours of video content go through the global IP networks every second.
There are many quality videos available on the internet from different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Some are made to share information, others are created for entertainment. Whatever content you like watching, whether it’s a 1-minute video from Facebook, a full movie on YouTube, or a whole season on Netflix, you are likely to be annoyed by the occasional buffer. It starts with blurry video quality and ends with a frame halt, and then you see this small annoying bubble circling in the center of your screen.
If you are like me, whose entire life revolves around the presence of an online series, then you might want to try these tips to experience a better viewing experience.
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Check Your Router
If it’s not raining but you are experiencing an erratic connection, then there may be something wrong with your hardware. Check your router, Wi-Fi modem, and other related devices. There is a possibility that the installation team who visited your house might have improperly mounted your wires. For example, a simple bend in a fiber cable can significantly affect its performance.
Ethernet > Wi-Fi
If you are using a laptop or a desktop, you might want to opt for an Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi. It may hinder your mobility but if you are going to stay in one place to finish the whole first season of Stranger Things, then it is going to be worth it. Ethernet cables are capable of maintaining the speed rather than wireless Wi-Fi. There are several environmental factors that can easily affect the connectivity of Wi-Fi in comparison to Ethernet cable.
Your browsing history, together with cache and cookies, takes up space. These spaces can gradually increase to an extent where it can slow down your system performance, hence can result in slowing browsing capability and loading. Make it a habit to delete your internet browsing history, cache, and cookies every time you shut down your computer.
Uninstall Hardware Accelerators
Hardware accelerators are used to increase the efficiency of some general functions of your software. It forces your computer’s hardware to perform faster and harder than it is supposed to be. Although it can be great for some purposes, it is frequently linked to video quality and buffering problems. It has a tendency to be the culprit for pixelated graphics, slow streams, and crashing flash-based web media players.
Disabling the hardware acceleration will make applications run smoother by only using the appropriate resources available instead of using the universal properties accessible in your computer. You can turn the feature on or off in your control panel, then click the display section. From there, you can then disable the hardware acceleration. Make sure to turn it on again after binge-watching a movie series, television season, or social media videos to prevent any problems when using your computer for other tasks like gaming.
Consult Your Internet Service Provider
There is no harm in talking about your problem with your internet service provider (ISP). They may be able to properly identify your problem and offer a solution to it. There are instances when all you need is a new standard cable modem, the replacement for a dented wire in your wall, or a truck hit a pole and knocked out the wires. In addition, ISPs sometimes throttle certain sites like streaming websites to reduce the weight in their network load. Discuss the importance of certain sites and services you are using so they will understand your need.