Buffering has become the bane of our lives. Just when you’re getting to the best part of a show on Netflix or iPlayer, it suddenly stutters to a halt, with that loading wheel spinning endlessly.
Why do you get buffering?
Often buffering is a result of poor download speeds, which is to do with the capacity of your network.
However, other things can keep you buffering too.
For your stream to work, there needs to be a computer at the other end delivering it to you, and if it gets overloaded then your stream will suffer – a common problem with iPlayer.
As the computer gets overloaded, the quality of the signal between it and your device suffers, and becomes weaker.
As a result bits of the stream have to be repeated, so the ‘conversation’ between the computer and your device gets slowed right down. A bit like “what? what? what?” from grampa when he’s lost his hearing aid!
A common reason that keeps you buffering is your own device – especially if it has a bug, or is running too many programmes at once.
To combat this, remember to keep reputable anti-malware software running and constantly updated, and press ctrl+alt+del to check what’s programmes you’re running and stop what you don’t need.
Of course you’ll always get better results by using a wired connection instead of wifi wherever possible, and don’t be surprised by more buffering on your smartphone – a smaller device means a smaller aerial.
If you want to tackle the most common cause of buffering and increase your network’s capacity – and therefore your speeds – then take a look at some of the packages we offer. solwaycomms.com/residential-wireless-broadband
If you want to learn more feel free to give James or Linda a call on 01228 217171 or email me.
Still buffering and want to find out more:
Computer Business Review is a good place to start http://www.cbronline.com/news/enterprise-it/it-network/what-is-buffering-4970624