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6 Ways to Improve Streaming Quality for Better User Experience

Streaming on platforms such as Netflix, Showmax, Prime Videos, and Spotify is popular than ever in Kenya. However, you can’t get the most out of these platforms if you don’t have the best streaming experience. So in this guide, we give you actionable tips you can use to improve streaming quality for a better user experience.

To get say goodbye to constant internet buffering and get the best video and audio streaming quality:

  1. Switch to unlimited internet connection.
  2. Upgrade your internet package.
  3. Use Ethernet cable.
  4. Cut some devices off your network.
  5. Upgrade your equipment
  6. Close unwanted tabs

1. Switch to Unlimited Internet Connection

Cellular data bundles offer fast internet experience, but they’re good only for short-term use and unlikely sufficient for streaming because they deplete or expire fast. Although cellular data providers such as Airtel and Faiba guarantee and deliver fast speeds, their data plans aren’t as suitable for continuous streaming, which leads to poor streaming experience.

The solution is to switch from cellular bundles to unlimited internet if you want to stream nonstop.

At Tonycomm Group LTD, we offer affordable, unlimited internet to customers in Nakuru, Kenya. Let’s connect you to our network for as low as Kshs. 1,500, and enjoy unlimited internet access 24 hours a day.

2. Upgrade Your Internet Package

We offer different internet packages for home use. Consider upgrading to a higher band if your current speed doesn’t support full high-definition or 4K streaming.

Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime need at least 5Mbps to stream videos in high definition (HD) and full high definition (FHD). And you need at least 15Mbps to stream videos in 4K (UHD).

First, determine if your current internet plan supports the video resolution of your preference. Then upgrade if it doesn’t.

3. Use Ethernet Cable

You can improve streaming quality by using Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi internet. Ethernet cable signals tend to be stable and consistent enough to support long duration of high-resolution video playback and live streams. 

Buy Ethernet cables from an electronics shop near you if you don’t have one already. Ask the shop attendant to test the Ethernet connection for you with their devices to ensure the cables are working correctly before you bring them home.

4. Cut Some Devices off Your Network

Reducing the number of devices connected to your network can also improve streaming quality.

  • Disconnect your smartphone from Wi-Fi if it’s not in use.
  • Turn off your laptop or put it on airplane mode if you’re not currently working on it.
  • Switch off your kids’ tablets if they’re not in use.

By disconnecting devices from your Wi-Fi network, you dedicate more bandwidth to your streaming and watch in the best resolution possible.

5. Upgrade Your Equipment

The equipment you use can make a big difference to your streaming equipment. So it’s for an upgrade if you have used your setup for a long time but you notice signal drops or slow connection lately. 

  • Upgrade to a dual-band Wi-Fi router.
  • Call a Tonycomm Group LTD technician to help you set up your router if you can’t get your head around it yourself.

Simply upgrading to a more powerful router can significantly increase the quality (resolution) of your videos.

6. Close Unwanted Tabs

Are you using your laptop to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Hulu, or Showmax?

Check how many tabs you have opened on the Chrome Browser (or whatever browser you use). Right click on the streaming tabs and choose the option to close all other tabs.

Doing so should boost internet speed and allow you to watch your videos in high resolution.

How Much Internet Speed Do I Need for Streaming?

The minimum and maximum internet speed that you need for streaming varies from one streaming service to another. We strongly recommend you choose the right internet package, so you can stream videos in high definition, full high definition, or 4K.

Get in touch with us on 0110345166 to upgrade your internet if you’re a TCOM internet subscriber but your current plan can’t sustain high resolution streaming.

What Does TCOM Unlimited Internet Mean?

TCOM unlimited internet means you get 24 hours access to internet without worrying about data caps or restrictions. The speeds remain constant for you for the period of your subscription.

Let’s say you subscribe to the 30Mbps plan for Kshs. 4,499 per month. Your internet speed will remain 30Mbps for a period of 30 days, even at peak hours.

What is the Best Streaming Quality?

The best streaming quality is at least high definition (HD). You can get this with our smallest package, which starts at Kshs. 1,500 per month for 5Mbps. Contact 0110345166 to get connected to TCOM internet right away.

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