Internet Connectivity – Key Element for Any Live Streaming Setup
Whether you’re new at this or you’ve been live streaming for some time, you realize that the Internet quality makes and breaks your stream. Literally, if you have poor Internet connectivity, your live stream will look choppy, with stuttering and, finally, it’ll start buffering. That doesn’t look very professional, does it?
Unfortunately this happens way to often these day, with more people doing their activities from home. The bandwidth is the same as before the pandemic, but now we use more of it. Remember Netflix and YouTube reducing video quality so their streams would be at least fluent?
In this article we won’t go into details about any specific equipment for audio or video streaming. But we will remind you that a good Internet connection is a must for any event that is broadcast online, whether it’s IRL streaming on Twitch, gaming on Youtube or just attending a video conference at work.
So – how can you easily live stream online without running into stuttering, buffering or even disconnects? That’s something you can read about below.
Unreliable Internet – the Most Common Reason for Failed Streaming Setups
You might have the best of the best when it comes to audio / video equipment for streaming. And the software to go with that – multiple cameras, effects, etc. Congratulations – you’ll be able to create great videos to be distributed on DVDs, Blu-ray discs or other offline media. Oh, you want to live stream online? Well, there’s a key element missing from your streaming setup.
The thing you need most is a reliable and fast Internet connection. Whether you’re using a tripod with an GoPro or a smartphone mounted on it, or a professional video system with several cameras – the quality of the live stream all boils down to the quality of your Internet connectivity.
So – assuming you’ve got the equipment – how do you get the Internet to go with that?
2020 Dream Streaming Setup: Use Two or More Internet Connections at Once
As most of us know, having an Internet connection does not mean we always have trouble-free access to the Internet. Disruptive things can happen:
- Your ISP may be having issues with their infrastructure
- There might be an issue with your local equipment – modem / router
- The overall Internet speed might be lower due to increased traffic from all the people staying at home
One solution that comes naturally to mind is having a backup connection. Which is better than nothing. But think about this: what if the issues happen during a live streaming session? How long does it take for your camera / phone / computer to switch from one connection to the other? How will that affect your transmission? Will you get dropped from the streaming servers for inactivity?
There’s a simple answer to all of this: using all the connections (at least two) simultaneously! That is called channel bonding and it’s something that the Speedify app for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux can do.
Speedify Provides the Fast and Reliable Internet Needed to Livestream Gaming, IRL or for Video Conferencing
An essential element in any streaming setup, Speedify fast bonding VPN acts like a power-up for the device you’re using to live stream the event. Instead of only using a single Internet connection at a time, Speedify allows your device to use multiple connections simultaneously. You’ll get more bandwidth and more stable live streams.
That means that if you’re using a smartphone, you can combine the existing WiFi with your cellular connection. And if you’re using a computer or a live streaming camera linked through a computer, you can toss in all available connections: Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet, cellular, etc.
Speedify constantly monitors the quality of your Internet connections. If the Wi-Fi becomes unreliable, for example, it’ll automatically reroute data through other working connections until Wi-Fi is available again.
Moreover, we added a brand new Streaming Mode. It automatically identifies audio and video streams, and provides quality of service (QoS) by prioritizing streams over other traffic. Web browsing and software updates can’t mess up your calls and live streams.
But don’t just take my word for it, try Speedify as part of your streaming setup!