Is there anything worse than getting the ‘buffering’ animation while trying to stream online? Whether you’re watching that brilliant new crime documentary on Netflix or your favorite sitcom on another streaming platform, we rely on internet streaming providers for a positive experience.
Just because your stream is constantly interrupted, this doesn’t mean you need to give up completely and feel jealous of those with super high speeds. Instead, try these tips and improve your streaming experience almost instantly; this will also help with playing video games, listening to music, and other online services!
- Remove the Competition
Did you know that you probably have several devices in your home all battling for a strong connection? With all sorts of laptops, phones, smart TVs, iPads, and even coffee machines and washing machines, everything is taking a slice of the connection.
If you want to improve your streaming experience, check your network connection and see what devices are connected. If there’s something you don’t need, disconnect it and disable internet sharing. For those watching on a web browser, close all other tabs and windows too.
- Restart the Router
Ah, the universal fix for everything technology-related – turn it off, and then turn it back on again. Although we wouldn’t suggest this for major technical problems, it can actually clear the network’s cache. What does this mean? Well, you’ll have a stronger connection when it’s back up and running (especially for those who have never restarted their router!).
In addition to this, going through a full reset of the router will bring everything back to factory settings. Essentially, all devices are removed, and you start from scratch. If you have lots of old devices connected that you no longer use, this is a great step to help your internet streaming.
- Delete Temporary Cache
To load a single web page, our devices need to download thousands of tiny files. By doing this, we see images, text, fonts, colors, and every other feature. However, our devices store these files whenever the computer isn’t shut down properly or when closed down too quickly after closing a browser.
If you want to remove this weight from your browser, head into the settings and clear your history. Of course, you might want to keep favorites and bookmarks, but make sure that all temporary internet files are removed. When done correctly, this can improve internet streaming significantly.
- Use an Ethernet Cable
It’s 2019, we’re in a wireless world. This being said, no amount of wireless technology can yet compete with the brilliant Ethernet cable. When a device is connected wirelessly, data moves at a slower rate than with a wired connection. For internet streaming, this has the potential to make a huge difference. We know it’s a bit of a hassle being tethered, but it’s something worth considering if you’re projecting to a TV or just enjoying a Sunday binge.
- Update Your Device
Finally, it’s easy to ignore suggestions for updates and even get frustrated by them…but not updating a device may restrict its streaming abilities. Regardless of whether you’re on a laptop, smart TV, phone, game console, or any other device, we recommend performing updates as soon as they’re suggested.
Often, updates contain connectivity fixes, security patches, and other features that will boost your experience.
Enjoy Streaming Today
Internet streaming doesn’t have to be a nuisance; with these five tips, you’ll improve internet connection speeds and potentially put an end to the dreaded ‘buffering’ spinning circle. Experiment with our advice and enjoy watching your favorite movies and TV shows without interruption!