How many times have you been streaming a video to your computer, downloading media, or playing online games when your experience is interrupted by buffering? When you have to keep waiting for your media to load, it can be a big inconvenience and it’s then -- that you know you’re losing the war against buffering.
We want to share four easy tips that will help give you the ammunition you need to win the war of buffering and get the most out of your video streaming or online gaming experience.
- Choose a Dual Band Router: Dual Band technology is like having two networks in one. Once you have your Dual Band router set-up and ready to go, like a Linksys E4200 v2, you will see that you have two options for networks. One is on the 2.4 Ghz band, and the other on the 5 Ghz band. What you can now do is set-up specific users, devices and guests to either of the two available bands. By doing this, you can reduce the number of devices on 2.4 Ghz band which will ultimately free up interference and bandwidth requirements. Meanwhile users on the 5.0 Ghz band can surf, email, stream and download independently of what is happening on the 2.4 Ghz. Ultimately, Dual Band Technology allows you to separate your internal networks into two different streams that help the flow and consistency of your streaming experience. If you are not sure you want to go dual band just yet – at the minimum make sure you have a Wireless-N router. Wireless-N provides speeds up to 900 Mpbs while Wireless-B and Wireless-G support 11 Mpbs and 54Mbps respectively – which as you can see is a significant performance increase.
- Set Priorities with QoS: QoS (Quality of Service) is used to set up priority and attention to specific devices, services or applications within the network through the router, so that the maximum amount of available throughput and speed can be used. QoS is a simple feature that, while mostly overlooked, actually makes a big difference in improving your routers maximum potential. In a few simple clicks, you can set the priority level for each of your networks’ devices. By setting your device or game console to the number one priority, you are ensured a great streaming and gaming experience. Here’s a great link that will show you how to set up QOS on your Linksys router
- Upgrade your Gaming Consoles Wireless Adapter: If online gaming is your thing, and you are experiencing serious lag while playing, it’s likely that your console (Xbox or PS3) has an older wireless adapter/Gaming Adapter/Wireless Bridge plugged in or that the built-in internal adapter supports slower speeds such as wireless-b or wireless-g. To help this, you can upgrade your gaming console with a Wireless-N bridge which will help increase your wireless connection between your console and router for and improved online game play. Linksys has a wireless-n bridge and you can find out more details here.
- Wireless Doesn’t Cut It? Try Powerline: While wireless connectivity is always a great option, sometimes it just won’t work. If you find yourself in that situation, consider extending your network with a Powerline solution. Powerline provides an internet connection in your home anywhere that you have an existing electrical outlet. Simply plug one adapter in the wall near your router, place the other adapter anywhere in your home, and in those two easy steps, you have instantly created an extension of your existing network. Now your game console can be plugged in via Ethernet and can provide you with speeds of up to 200 Mbps. With speeds like that, buffering on your device or lagging on your console will be a thing of the past.
It’s that easy! A few simple steps like these will help enhance your online experience and will leave you with fewer interruptions caused by buffering. Together, we can win the war against buffering.
If you have any other tips that have helped you win the war on buffering – let me know and I’ll look to update this blog.