With more and more people working from their homes, thanks to the current pandemic (COVID-19), video meetings have become more of a necessity these days. Undoubtedly, video calling has become the new norm – be it for work, study, or socializing. You are probably checking in with your colleagues at work over Zoom. No matter the platform you rely on, a great video call connection is essential to living a remote lifestyle. However, odds are you have experienced just the opposite of what you expected – dropped calls, faltering audio, or blurred video.
Experiencing problems with video calling? Here’s how you can boost your Wi-Fi for much-enhanced video calling.
Get comfortable with the router during the video call
If you want the strongest Wi-Fi connectivity or signal, make sure you sit near the router. Doing so will lead to not many obstructions between it and your device. These consist of walls or floors. In addition, they include televisions, mirrors, and other potential signal interference from microwaves.
Have an Ethernet cable? If so, then have your laptop connected to the router, or you can even tap the mother lode directly. So, you will come to know that wired internet works a little faster than wireless internet.
Consider using an app so you can detect where the strongest Wi-Fi signal is
It could be the case that your Wi-Fi network may not be covering your home in a way you expect – especially if you live in a large or multistory home. In such a situation, using a wireless signal testing app for finding inactive or dead spots will be your best bet. The CloudCheck app comprises a Wi-Fi Speed Scan feature so it easily identifies where Wi-Fi signal strength is best. Also, this app works to your advantage telling you the great location to place your router.
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Make sure you pause file downloads and uploads
Minimize all the internet-hogging applications on your computer. That way, you will be able to conserve the available bandwidth needed for video calling. And that consists of file downloads, like program updates and uploads as well. If you send any huge files to office servers, it is the right time to put that activity at a halt.
Close every other application
Still, facing problems with video conferencing? If that’s the case, ensure that you shut down all the programs running on your computer. And before important calls, which can include asking your family at home to stop using the internet too. So you will get the maximum bandwidth for your daily use.
Curtail the heavy internet users at home
Wi-Fi networks can support a multitude of devices browsing at once. So if there are other users on your Wi-Fi network who seem to run a wide range of data-intensive applications, including video calls or online gaming, you never know when you might experience a hit to your own video conferencing.
Turn off your video when you are not speaking
When it is not your turn to speak, turning off or disabling your webcam is a good thing to do. This minimizes how much data needs to be sent over your connection, which will help the call progress in the way you expect.
Deactivate HD video
While having crystal clear video can give the in-the-room feeling, which can be vital for reading non-verbal signals, the data sent over sending and receiving HD video can disrupt or overwhelm the video connection. As a result, what you get is a frozen or stuttering call. Check the settings of your video platform – Zoom, Skype, or any other – so you check if you have been trying to work with HD. If that is the case, make sure you deactivate the HD quality option.
Restart the call
There are times when you do not get an option to switch meeting times or platforms. This could be the case if the office calls have been arranged on Zoom and every employee is ready to go. It is good to restart your call. Try hanging up and redialing in. That way, your connection might go through a less congested server center.
Zoom or Skype – two of the most renowned platforms people use for video calling – operate through an infrastructure of servers dealing with users’ call data. If the service center is more congested, the quality of your call is more likely to suffer. And this is usually the case when user connections are assigned to a specific service center.
You may not have control over changing the platform if your office has already set up a video service. However, if you are looking to keep in contact with your family and friends, trying out several various video calling apps will be your best bet. That way, you will be able to find the one that works best for you.
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