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    FVI Tech Corner - Bandwidth Control


    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 a 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!
     
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