How to Stop Buffering in Streaming Video

By Nina Nixon

In many cases, you can resolve excessive buffering and choppy video by reconfiguring your network interface card on your computer. You can optimize the flow control setting and link speed for the NIC when you make these adjustments. Flow control helps computers with slower devices keep up with faster ones when communicating over the Internet. This can be helpful if you use a dial-up connection. In addition, changing your adapter link speed to the 100 Megabit Full Duplex setting may stop buffering in streaming video. Note that these steps only apply if you use a wired network connection by Ethernet cable.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Type "view network connections" in the search box, click on "View network connections" and right-click your network connection.

Step 3

Click "Properties" and click the "Networking" tab.

Step 4

Click "Configure" and click the "Advanced" tab.

Step 5

Click "Flow Control" under "Property."

Step 6

Click the "Rx & Tx Enabled" under "Value" to select it and click "OK." Play the streaming video. If buffering problems continue, or if the "Rx & Tx Enabled" option is not available for you to perform this step, go to the next step.

Step 7

Repeat Steps 1 through 4.

Step 8

Click "Speed & Duplex" in the "Property" list.

Step 9

Click "100 Mbps Full Duplex" under "Value" and click "OK."

Step 10

Play the streaming video. If buffering problems continue, check the website in 30 minutes because the slow data transfer rate could be due to heavy website traffic.