It’s quite frustrating when you’re trying to stream a movie or series and you keep getting that spinning circle on your screen as the content buffers. If this is happening, it’s more than likely due to a slow internet connection. So how can you speed it up?
Connection speeds do vary. It all depends on the type of connection you’re using, your maximum download and even upload speed, the type of router you have and other factors. before you phone your ISP in the heat of frustration, though, here are a few tricks you could try to speed up your streaming.
“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”
It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard a thousand times. But it is the first logical step when you’re having an internet connectivity issue. Sometimes your router just needs a reboot and your connection will right itself if there are any issues.
Try turning it off at the wall and leaving it off for 30-seconds before you restart it. Restarting clears the device’s memory and reboots any processes that have stalled, slowing things down.
Do a speed test
Once you’ve restarted an reconnected, the next step is to test your current internet speed. It’s a good idea to check first with your service provider exactly what your speed is supposed to be. Depending on your contract, download speeds can range from around 10mbps (megabits per second) to 100mbps.
If you run a test and find that your download speed is lower than the speed your contract stipulates, it may be time to contact your service provider to find out why. It is important to mention, though, that if you have active uploads running – like files you are sending online – this can also slow your download speed.
Check your processes
If you have more than one device running on your connection, each device is running processes of its own. This can include other active downloads. Antivirus software updates running in the background on your computer, for example, can use up data without you even knowing it.
Mobile devices running on the same network could also be running updates or (depending on who’s using the device) other media downloads while you try to stream. If you’re really struggling to get the speed you need, check what’s going on with your other devices and stop any unnecessary processes. It might just speed things up.
Update your firmware or software
If you’re streaming on a smart TV, it’s possible that your firmware needs to be upgraded. This is a simple process and it’s sometimes necessary as the apps on your TV evolve. If you’re using an AIM or CZ Electronics TV, get in touch to find out about firmware upgrades.
On other devices, like laptops, phones or tablets, your operating system may also need to be upgraded. Alternatively, a simple upgrade of the Netflix app or whatever other app you’re using to stream, could also do the trick.
We can help
CZ Electronics manufactures a selection of quality electronics – including TVs – with the latest software to help you stream as smoothly as possible. Explore the CZ Electronics product catalogue or get in touch to find out more.
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