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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, 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>  
 
#<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>  
#*Television Devices:&nbsp; <meta charset="utf-8"></meta>Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.  
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#*'''Television Devices:'''&nbsp; Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.  
#*Mobile Phones  
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#*'''Mobile Phones'''
#*Personal Assistants:&nbsp; <meta charset="utf-8"></meta>Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc.  
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#*'''Personal Assistants:&nbsp; '''Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc.  
#*Video Cameras:&nbsp; <meta charset="utf-8"></meta>Ring doorbell, Nest Hello, any video camera that uses the network and can upload video to cloud storage  
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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  
#*Gaming Systems:&nbsp; <meta charset="utf-8"></meta>XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, etc.  
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#*'''Gaming Systems:'''&nbsp; XBOX, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, etc.  
#*Smart Televisions  
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#*'''Smart Televisions'''
#*Music Streaming:&nbsp; <meta charset="utf-8"></meta>Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.<br/> &nbsp;   
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#*'''Music Streaming:'''&nbsp; Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.<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">Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.</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">Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.</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">Try an Ethernet cable rather than WiFi.</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">Try an Ethernet cable rather than WiFi.</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">An Ethernet cable is often “faster” than WiFi, but it can also bypass a problematic WiFi configuration</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">An Ethernet cable is often “faster” than WiFi, but it can also bypass a problematic WiFi configuration</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">If the Ethernet cable works better than WiFi, it may be worth seeking assistance in the setup of the WiFi router.</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">If the Ethernet cable works better than WiFi, it may be worth seeking assistance in the setup of the WiFi router.</span>

Revision as of 14:53, 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:

 

  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. Turn off other computers that aren’t actively in use,
    • or at least disable their WiFi or wired connection temporarily.
       
  3. 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.
       
  4. 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.
       
  5. Close other browser tabs that aren’t in use, like Facebook or other pages that may auto-refresh.
     
  6. 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.