HD video streaming is becoming a standard with great speed whether you are watching random YouTube videos or full episodes and movies on Netflix. But this is just the beginning. According to this Next Web report, we are soon entering the era of UHD 4K, Virtual Reality and 360° live streaming. These formats and streaming modes may seem like novelties right now, considering how technology evolves, within a year or so, even these streaming modes can become standard. 360° live streaming is already available on various websites and you can already, easily purchase cameras that allow you to broadcast 360° videos. Obviously bandwidth required for 360° live streaming is way more than what you require for live streaming standard video.
Although your experience with a particular video streaming service depends on individual services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Amazon, even at the local level you can streamline or improve your Wi-Fi connection to increase your streaming speed as much as possible. You cannot go beyond your upper limit – for example, if you have a connection of 25 Mbps then that’s what you’re going to get no matter how much you optimise – but still paying attention to what sort of format you are streaming and what sort of hardware and software you are using, you can streamline or improve your Wi-Fi connection for HD video streaming to a great extent. In brief, these are the steps you can take to improve your Wi-Fi connection for HD video streaming:
- Use a combination of wireless and wired network connections as the wired network connection always works better compared to a wireless network connection.
- Choose the right quality format when streaming videos. If your hardware cannot support the 4K format than what’s the use of streaming it? Similarly, if your hardware (your television) can easily accommodate the 4K format but the quality of that video is not available, there is no use spending your bandwidth trying to obtain a higher quality video.
- Place your router or modem at a place where it can easily broadcast your Wi-Fi connection. The more obstructions it faces, the less easily it can broadcast the Wi-Fi signals. Choose a place where all your devices can easily access the Wi-Fi signals.
- Go with an ISP that provides a better Internet connection.