How to Speed Up Streaming Video Buffering

By Nina Nixon

How you connect to the Internet can often determine how frequently you experience slow streaming-video buffering problems. One way to speed up all Internet connections is to use the Network troubleshooter to diagnose and repair any problems found. An optimized computer with faster streaming-video buffering may be the result. Note that these instructions apply to Windows 7.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel."

Step 2

Type "adapter" in the search box, and click "View network connections."

Step 3

Right-click a network adapter from the list, and click "Diagnose." Follow any recommendations after the diagnostic test and repair completes, if necessary.

Step 4

Play the video again. If you still experience streaming-video buffering problems, go to the next step.

Step 5

Navigate to the SpeetTest.net website (see Resources). Click the "Begin Test" button on the website. This will test your download and upload speeds, and will complete in about 20 seconds.

Step 6

Compare the "Your Results" and "ISP Average" bars, and note if the "Your Results" bar is lower or higher than the "ISP Average."

Step 7

Contact your Internet service provider. If you have dial-up, switch to DSL or cable; otherwise, ask your ISP to verify that have the right throughput to watch streaming videos.

Tips & Warnings

  • Internet service providers usually charge more for faster speeds. To work around this expense, gradually move up to the next level as opposed to going for the fastest speed available unless you determine that you really need it.