Suggestions for better streaming

"Live" audio streaming has been (and continues to be) a real blessing to Believers around the world.

That said, the technology behind making it work reliably is complex, and that is why we want to share some helpful "hints" to make your streaming experience a better one. First, however, a bit of background.

The audio that you hear on your device is the result of a "chain" of processes and events, and, as the saying goes; a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The audio from our Services is passed to encoding equipment that converts it into a form that the Internet can handle. From there, it is sent to a Content Delivery Network on the public Internet for distribution. When you click on a streaming service, code in the background makes the connection to the content delivery network and initiates the stream. At that point, how you are listening to the stream becomes important.

 

Network

If practical, connect to your Local Area Network (LAN) with a wired Ethernet connection rather than a wireless one such as WiFi. Doing this eliminates one link in the "chain" and can result in a more stable connection.

If, however, wireless connection is your only practical choice, there are some things you can do to help your connection. WiFi is radio based. Try to sit as close to the WiFi router as you can. That way, the radio signal strength is greater and the connection more stable. If you are sitting several rooms away from the router, then the WiFi signal strength is lower and connection problems could occur. You can use the number of "bars" in your device display as a rough guide to signal strength.

 

Device (computer) resources

Streaming is a resource intensive process. That is, streaming consumes a large amount of the processing power and memory of your device. What you want is to have your browser be the only thing running on your system while you are streaming. Try the following before streaming:

1. Reboot your device. This gives you a "clean slate" on which to work.

2. Exit, close, or disable any running programs. On the Windows platform, Task Manager can be used if required. NOTE: Minimizing a program is NOT sufficient. Minimized programs are still using computer resources. If you have antivirus software running, at least make sure it will not start scanning your system during your streaming time. Scanning can use up a LOT of resources.

3. Start your browser and connect to your stream of choice.

 

Browser choice

The browser you run can have a significant effect on the reliability of your stream. There are a number of browsers on the market, and you will have to try out several of them to determine which one works best for you. On the IOS platform, go to the AppStore and search for "browser". For Android, go to the PlayStore.

Most listeners use the default browser that came with their device. Usually that is Safari, Chrome, or Internet explorer, but one browser that has been successful of late is Firefox by Mozilla. Several users have reported success streaming with Firefox. For Windows users, the Edge browser by Microsoft is also worthy of consideration.

Your satisfaction with your streaming experience is paramount to us. If you have any problems or questions regarding streaming, contact us via the provided link on the streaming webpage at Branhamtabernacle.org. This link is near the bottom of the page, so scroll down to find it.

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