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Every day consumers are pummeled with TV and
radio ads, enticing us to upgrade and/or purchase new devices such as
cell phones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs, etc. I love technolgy as much as the next guy and yes, I must admit I use them all,
sometimes simultaneously. What I don't love, is trying to stream
Netflix in HD on my new smart TV, while Windows is updating and my iPad is backing up all my beloved photos and music to the Cloud.
As we increase our devices and ultimately our
internet usage, we may find that the speeds, to which we subscribe, no
longer meet our needs. Upgrading to faster speeds will likely solve your issues as you continue to add more and more devices to
your wireless network at home.
In cases where going to a faster plan is not an
option, we've come up with several suggestions that can help alleviate
the bandwidth blackhole.
Most people are not aware that apps, backup
services and streaming sites offer settings and options that can be
helpful. For instance: The Apple Cloud backup schedule can be modified
or completely turned off. You can change the default time to
late at night while you're sleeping. To do this, first turn off
automatic backup. You can do this by going to iCloud Backup and
turning it off. Then Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup, then tap "Back
Up Now" at the end of the day and this will begin your backup. You can do this at anytime of day that you wish. This will be one less thing your internet connection will be used for at peak times
of your family's usage.
Netflix has many options, once you sign in as
member. You can select playback resolution for SD (standard definition), uses the least amount of bandwidth, HD (High Definition), uses about double the bandwidth SD does or Ultra HD (Ultra High
Definition). We don't recommend a setting of Ultra HD, unless you
subscribe to our 25Mbps service level. Adjusting the data usage settings for your account is the easiest way to reduce the amount
of bandwidth used while watching Netflix. To do this; navigate to the
"Your Account" page and select Playback settings in the "My Profile"
section. It can take up to 8 hours for these changes to take
effect. Similar streaming sites and devices, (Roku and Amazon Prime as
examples) have similar settings, once you login to your account.
If you dig into your devices'
settings and get familiar with them, you may find that there are tons
of settings you weren't aware of. Good luck and Happy Streaming!