How to Speed Up Streaming Video Buffering

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.