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Today live video streaming has become a very popular way to present news or something else live. Video streaming ha increased very much because of tablets, smartphones that have access to the internet and can easy stream anything on YouTube or other portals.

Unfortunately  video streaming isn’t perfect, there are always dropdowns, some of them are because of the streamer, but also a good part of them are from the receiver, like video doesn’t load, overloaded Wi-Fi or random lag.

I will present you some tips and tricks to get the best streaming video and not confront with problems I enumerated above.

Step 1. Disconnect Not in Use Devices from Internet

Many devices use internet to make our life easier, not only TV’s but also fridges and almost every device that has a screen can have internet access.

You should know that any device connected to your internet connection, uses internet even if you don’t use it. Before you stream, make sure to disconnect all other devices from internet that you don’t need to use, players, smartphones, TV’s and other computers.

Also on your computer make sure to exit all web pages and applications that could use your internet connection.

Step 2. Delete Temporary Cache and Internet Files

Before you stream, I would recommend you to go to your browser settings and clear the recent histroy, also delete all temporary files.

Your computer stores many temporary files which in many cases can affect your browser load time, as the browser instantly searches through them and loads them, meaning that instead of buffering you video, browser will use it’s resources for other things too, instead for buffering video only.

Step 3. Use Ethernet Instead of WiFi

WiFi today is the most popular way to connect to the internet. Everyone love WiFi, but not all of us know that sometime when our internet is very slow, the cause is not the ISP (Internet Service Provide), the cause usually is WiFi.

Usually WiFi devices are connected to another router which receives internet, WiFi devices are not so fast at receiving data, so many your WiFi Router can’t make up with the amount of data it receives.

Other thing is that WiFi devices don’t have a big speed sending data through antennas. Through Ethernet cable you can get data with a speed about 100 Mb/s. Using a midrange WiFi router you can get 10 Mb/s which is very low.

Connect your computer with an Ethernet cable to get the most out of your internet speed.

Step 4. Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration will always use the computers universal settings. Disabling hardware acceleration your system will allow the streaming application to select the corresponding  hardware resources.

Usually activated hardware acceleration results to crashing media players and flash based players.

To disable hardware acceleration you will have to open the Control Panel, then Display and Adjust resolution from the list on the left. Now from the Screen Resolution window, click Advanced Settings.

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From the next window, choose Troubleshoot tab, and click on Change settings.

Turn off Hardware Acceleration

Now, from the next windows, adjust the Hardware acceleration to None.

Turn off Hardware Acceleration to none

Now your Hardware Acceleration is disabled. but be sure to switch it back on when you’re finished streaming as it can affect computer gaming performance or other applications which use video card hardware.

Step 5. Reduce the Quality of the Video

Not the best solution, especially for those who use HD monitors. But if you cannot do nothing about it, it can be still considered a solution. Lowering your video quality will use less data, which means the video will stop lagging.

Video streamers like YouTube have on the right corner the option to choose video quality, choose an optimal video quality which will be most comfortable to watch, too low video quality will give you bad audio and pixelated video.

Watching a video in a high quality will always require a good internet connection.

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