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In most cases your home network works just fine for you and your family. When trying to participate in a video conference call or a class, however, you may run into bandwidth constraints. In those cases you may experience choppy audio or video. Zoom may notice and send you a message along the lines of “Your Internet Connection is Unstable”.  
 
In most cases your home network works just fine for you and your family. When trying to participate in a video conference call or a class, however, you may run into bandwidth constraints. In those cases you may experience choppy audio or video. Zoom may notice and send you a message along the lines of “Your Internet Connection is Unstable”.  
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#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Microsoft OneDrive</span>  
 
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#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">MS Teams</span>  
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">MS Teams</span>  
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">DropBox</span><br/> &nbsp;   
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">DropBox</span><br/> &nbsp;   
#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Turn off other computers that aren’t actively in use,</span>  
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#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">'''Make sure your laptop screen is open even if working with external monitors''',</span>
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#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">'''Turn off other computers''' that aren’t actively in use,</span>  
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily.</span><br/> &nbsp;   
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily.</span><br/> &nbsp;   
#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Ask family members to stay offline temporarily while you’re in an online meeting, conference, or class.</span>  
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#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">'''Ask family members to stay offline''' temporarily while you’re in an online meeting, conference, or class.</span>  
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">No Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, gaming, or streaming music.</span><br/> &nbsp;   
 
#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">No Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, gaming, or streaming music.</span><br/> &nbsp;   
#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Temporarily turn off devices that use the network, including:</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
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<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent; font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Television devices</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
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#*TELEVISION DEVICES:&nbsp; Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc</span></li>
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#*MOBILE PHONES
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#*PERSONAL ASSISTANTS:&nbsp; Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc.
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Mobile phones</span></li>
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#*VIDEO CAMERAS:&nbsp; Ring doorbell, Nest Hello, any video camera that uses the network and can upload video to cloud storage  
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Personal assistants</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
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#*GAMING SYSTEMS:&nbsp; XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, etc.
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal; text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc</span></li>
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#*SMART TELEVISIONS
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#*MUSIC STREAMING:&nbsp; Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.<br/> &nbsp;  
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent; font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Video cameras</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
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#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">'''Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use''', like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.</span><br/> &nbsp;
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Ring doorbell, Nest Hello, any video camera that uses the network and can upload video to cloud storage</span></li>
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#<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">'''Try an Ethernet cable''' rather than WiFi.</span>  
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#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">An Ethernet cable is often “faster” than WiFi, but it can also bypass a problematic WiFi configuration</span>.
<li><span style="font-size:11pt; font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent; font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Gaming systems</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
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#*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">If the Ethernet cable works better than WiFi, it may be worth seeking assistance in the setup of the WiFi router.</span>  
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, etc.</span></li>
 
</ul> </li>
 
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Smart Televisions</span></li>
 
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Music Streaming</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
 
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.</span><br/> &nbsp;</li>
 
</ul> </li>
 
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[[Category:Helpdesk Documentation]] [[Category:Public Search]] [[Category:Network]] [[Category:WiFi]] [[Category:Wireless]]
*<span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">Try an Ethernet cable rather than WiFi.</span> <ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">
 
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">An Ethernet cable is often “faster” than WiFi, but it can also bypass a problematic WiFi configuration</span>.</li>
 
<li><span style="font-size:11pt;  font-family:Arial;  color:#000000;  background-color:transparent;  font-weight:400;  font-style:normal;  font-variant:normal;  text-decoration:none;  vertical-align:baseline;  white-space:pre;  white-space:pre-wrap">If the Ethernet cable works better than WiFi, it may be worth seeking assistance in the setup of the WiFi router.</span></li>
 
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Latest revision as of 14:30, 19 June 2020

(Visit this page again easily -- http://go.middlebury.edu/homenetwork)

In most cases your home network works just fine for you and your family. When trying to participate in a video conference call or a class, however, you may run into bandwidth constraints. In those cases you may experience choppy audio or video. Zoom may notice and send you a message along the lines of “Your Internet Connection is Unstable”.  

Here are some steps you can take that may address those stability issues, listed in priority of effectiveness:

 

  1. Close applications on your computer that may consume bandwidth in the background unless you’re actively using them. (Don’t close Zoom while on a Zoom call!)
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Google Drive File Stream
    • MS Teams
    • DropBox
       
  2. Make sure your laptop screen is open even if working with external monitors,
    • the wireless antenna in a laptop is located in the screen. If your laptop is now at home and you are using a docking station, the laptop may be closed if you have external monitors and this greatly reduces the range you can be from your wireless access point.
       
  3. Turn off other computers that aren’t actively in use,
    • or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily.
       
  4. Ask family members to stay offline temporarily while you’re in an online meeting, conference, or class.
    • No Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, gaming, or streaming music.
       
  5. Temporarily turn off devices that use the network, including:
    • TELEVISION DEVICES:  Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.
    • MOBILE PHONES
    • PERSONAL ASSISTANTS:  Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc.
    • VIDEO CAMERAS:  Ring doorbell, Nest Hello, any video camera that uses the network and can upload video to cloud storage
    • GAMING SYSTEMS:  XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, etc.
    • SMART TELEVISIONS
    • MUSIC STREAMING:  Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.
       
  6. Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.
     
  7. Try an Ethernet cable rather than WiFi.
    • An Ethernet cable is often “faster” than WiFi, but it can also bypass a problematic WiFi configuration.
    • If the Ethernet cable works better than WiFi, it may be worth seeking assistance in the setup of the WiFi router.
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