December 28, 2015

9 Useful Tips to Configure a Wi-Fi Network for Reliable Video Streaming

by Puneet Gupta (Senior Manager, System Solutions)

Video streaming over wireless networks is often fraught with challenges like congestion, fluctuations in bandwidth, high signal interference. Varying distances between network nodes further affect the streamed video quality, making it inconsistent and unreliable.

So, how does one counter this?

Here are 9 tips on choosing the optimal transmission frequency, antenna configuration and router settings that can help you set up your network in a manner that gives you the best shot at this.

  1. Use 802.11n or higher standards.
  2. Operate in the 5GHz frequency band.
  3. Use non-overlapping channels for the adjacent access points.
  4. Use access points, routers and end-points equipped with omni directional antennas.
  5. Have all devices supporting MIMO, enabling more than one spatial streams.
  6. Configure transmission data rate to a value one lower than the max defaults.
  7. Configure antenna power level range to have the min power one higher than the default min.
  8. Configuring WMM appropriately in the access points.
  9. Use a 0.4μs guard interval.

 

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