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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">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”.</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">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”.</span> &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">Here are some steps you can take that may address those stability issues, listed in priority of effectiveness:</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">Here are some steps you can take that may address those stability issues, listed in priority of effectiveness:</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">Close applications on your computer that may consume bandwidth in the background. (unless you’re using it! Don’t close Zoom while on a Zoom call.)</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">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">DropBox</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>
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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">Or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily</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 temporarily stay offline 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">No Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, gaming, streaming music</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">Temporarily turn off devices that use the network</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">Television devices</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">Mobile phones</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">Personal assistants</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">Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc</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">Video cameras</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">Ring doorbell, Nest Hello, any video camera that uses the network and can upload video to cloud storage</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">Gaming systems</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">Smart Televisions</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">Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.</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">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>.
 
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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>
 
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Revision as of 14:17, 2 April 2020

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:

 

  • Close applications on your computer that may consume bandwidth in the background. (unless you’re using it! Don’t close Zoom while on a Zoom call.)
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Google Drive File Stream
    • MS Teams
    • DropBox

 

  • Turn off other computers that aren’t actively in use
    • Or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily

 

  • Ask family members to temporarily stay offline while you’re in an online meeting, conference, or class.
    • No Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, gaming, streaming music

 

  • Temporarily turn off devices that use the network
    • 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

 

  • Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.

 

  • 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.