Due to COVID-19 blockages that have swept across the world, all kinds of sporting activities have now been halted. So many people choose to limit their urge for live sports by broadcasting it instead. In reality, live sports streaming is rapidly becoming the most popular platform for accessing a variety of television programs.
Instead of paying exorbitant amounts for a bunch of cables with hundreds of unwanted channels that you won’t end up watching, streaming offers the freedom to select your program of choice and watch it at your own pace. This solution is often less expensive than cable. It also allows you and your family to watch stuff on multiple devices, and can work wherever you are in the house, if you have the right equipment.
How to enjoy sports streaming at home
Streaming can be a pleasant experience, but if you don’t have the right package and the right technology, it can be the proverbial backbone by your side and potentially a downright stressful experience. For this reason, it is important to note the differences between the options available and how they can meet your specific needs.
In order for your live sports live broadcast to work seamlessly, you need to combine the router suitable for Wi-Fi speed, the perfect placement of your router, as well as the installation of additional equipment that can make your Wi-Fi accessible throughout your home.
While buying the right technology can seem like an intimidating and overwhelming process, follow these simple guidelines to make sure you get your daily, uninterrupted dose of sports via streaming platforms.
In essence, the type of content you want to display will determine your Wi-Fi speed. If, for example, your videos are in high resolution (like HD 1080p), you will need a speed of at least 10 Mbps ( megabytes per second). If, however, you want to stream even higher resolution content from Netflix for example, you will need a minimum speed of 25 Mbps.
It is important to make sure that the router you choose to buy matches the desired Internet speed. Anything older than the 802.11n router or wireless AC units is not recommended if you want a hassle-free viewing experience.
Wi-fi signal strength
We all know from experience with our mobile phones that signal strength is important. The same goes for your router, which uses radio signals to create a wireless network. To avoid object interference in your environment, place your router in a central, elevated location with no large obstacles around. The general rule is that the closer your object is to the router, the better the signal.
This can be a problem for larger households, where some areas that require coverage are beyond the range of the router. In these cases, you can invest in extenders (also called signal amplifiers or WIFI extenders) or mesh systems to provide consistent coverage over larger areas.
Although extenders are generally less expensive than mesh routers, the latter have the advantage of providing faster speeds, are more user-friendly and are generally more pleasing to the eye.
Ethernet vs Wi-Fi
If you want to avoid issues such as inconsistent signal strength due to being out of range or interference, Ethernet may be the most desirable choice.
Other reasons for slow Wi-Fi speeds
If your Wi-Fi speeds are wrong on the disappointment side, your first port of call should be to check the type and location of your router, as described above. If you’ve double-checked that and are still having issues, the next step is to compare the speed your data plan promises to deliver with the actual speed at which it actually runs. If you look online, you will find websites that can help you test your Internet speed at no cost.
Two things can happen at this point: either your speed is slower than the speed stipulated in your contract, or your speed is as fast as you should according to your agreement with your service provider. If this is the first scenario, contact your ISP. If not, it may be time to say goodbye to your old plan and get a decent system that any self-respecting sports fan would be happy to have.