How do you eliminate freezing and buffering from your IPTV service?
This is probably the number one question that many people ask once they start using live TV services with IPTV. Nothing is worse that trying to watch your favorite show or movie, and the damn thing just keeps on freezing and buffering. And, what’s even worst is if you don’t know what to do to make things better. Well, after you get through this post, you’ll be well equipped with what you need to be able to minimize and even get rid of those pesky buffering and freezing issues.
Best 5 Tips to Eliminate IPTV freezing and buffering
In this post we will cover how to fix the annoying buffering and freezing issues you might be experiencing.
Here are the topics we will discuss that will help you minimize and even eliminate IPTV freezing and buffering issues.
- Choose the Right Internet Plan
- Choosing the Right Home Set-up
- Choose the Right IPTV Box
- Choose the Right Accessories
- Choosing the Right IPTV / Provider
These are probably the best ways to ensure that you take care of getting a good and steady stream without freezing and buffering. You may need to spend a little extra to get all the right pieces, but once you have everything, you will enjoy your IPTV server a whole lot more. Let’s get started.
1: Choose the Right Internet Plan
Everything starts with having the right internet service plan. Many people thing just because their internet plan says “high speed” that they are getting blazing fast internet speeds. The truth is the term high speed is attached to speeds of 5Mbps or even less some times. Now a days it most commonly attached to 10Mbps speeds. But these speeds are insufficient.
What we recommend
300Mbps or greater: If possible, we recommend getting or increasing your internet service speed to at least 300Mbps. In many cases you can get some good streams with 100Mbps, but we recommend a minimum 300Mbps, because if you are connecting to your internet via WiFi, you will get at least 10% or more of that speed, which will give you satisfactory results.
Hard-wire is better than a wireless connection: Connecting to your modem using an Ethernet cable is always better than connecting by WiFi.
2: Choosing the Right Home Set-up
Your home network configuration is another big factor that affects your overall internet speed you’re getting on your device. Many people experience a lot of freezing and buffering with their IPTV service because their home network setup is insufficient. Here are some quick tips to have your home network set up to eliminate IPTV freezing and buffering.
What we recommend
Decide ahead of time how you will be engaging your IPTV service: It is a good idea to figure out ahead of time how you will be using your IPTV service most of the time. Will you be watching from your IPTV box on your main TV, or will it be on a TV in another room other than your main family/living room, or will you be using your IPTV service mainly on your mobile devices.
Reduce the amount of devices you have connected to your home internet network: IPTV uses a lot of resources, so if you can limit only a select few devices to your home network, this would be a big help.
Position your IPTV device(s) as close to your Modem as possible: Most modems have wireless capabilities now, and many transmit dual band WiFi (2G and 5G). The closer you are to your modem, the better off you are. You will get strong enough signals to minimize or eliminate freezing from your IPTV service. Being in the same room or at least in a room directly above or below the room with your WiFi modem can help greatly.
Get a router to split network resources: You can get a router and have it configured to give priority or the bulk of your internet speed to your IPTV service. This will ensure that your IPTV service gets the required amount of speed to keep a consistent stream. Routers can be expensive, but it’s worth the investment if you know what you’re doing.
3: Choose the Right IPTV Box
Having the right IPTV box has a big impact on minimizing or completely getting rid of any freezing you might be experiencing. Yes, this means you may need to buy a new box, but this time, you won’t be buying just any IPTV box. You will be buying one that is tested, and trusted to deliver great performance. Depending on your specific needs, you may want to buy an Android powered IPTV box such as a Dreamlink or a Formuler IPTV box. Or, if you don’t care about the bells and whistles, you may just want a simple bare bones Linux IPTV box such as the MAG boxes or the TViP S-Box v.605 IPTV box. We made a lengthy post about the TViP box here if you wish to read more about it.
What we recommend
If you like the Android platform and all that it offers, we recommend these devices to run your IPTV service. We’ve tested these boxes under different variables quite extensively and they consistently perform well to minimize or eliminate IPTV freezing and buffering.
Android IPTV Boxes
Avov TVOnline N4: This is Avov’s latest device which is an upgrade of the TVOnline N2. This box works very well when connected directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable when using Modem speed of 100Mbps and above. The result was virtually no freezing at all.
The TVOnline N4 is a dual band WiFi (100Mbps) box, and when connected by WiFi and the box was in the same room as the modem, there was also virtually no freezing.When connected by WiFi in a different room than the modem, the results were variable, but still, freezing and buffering was kept to a minimum affecting maybe less than 6% of the streams.
Dreamlink T3 or Formuler Z8 (Best Option): The Formuler Z8 and Dreamlink T3 are one in the same. Formuler is the company behind Dreamlink but offers an alternate branding and outer shell to the public. These IPTV boxes are simply stunning. They handle and process info very well, and best of all, they can pump up to 1000Mbps…that 1 Gigabit per second…10 times a fast as most dual band WiFi IPTV boxes. This is our top choice for Stalker based IPTV services.
Due to its superior mechanics, the Formuler Z8 and Dreamlink T3 is a little more pricier than most IPTV boxes, but they absolutely deliver the goods, once you have the right internet speeds.
Preferred Linux IPTV Box
TVIP S-Box v.605: This is a great alternative to the MAG box, as we mentioned above. From what I understand, this box is a dual band WiFi IPTV box, with speeds of up to 300Mbps. This is quite significant, considering that Linux boxes generally handle internet speeds better than Android IPTV boxes. We choose this box over the MAG boxes because we find that it is overall a better experience than the MAG boxes in the same class. Visit the official TVIP website here.
Choose your own box: There are hundreds of IPTV boxes out there powered by Android and Linux. It’s up to you to do your research to find which one you will buy. Use the specs of the boxes mentioned as a guide and compare it to the boxes you wish to buy to help you find the right box that minimizes and also eliminate IPTV freezing and buffering. We are well aware that you can use an Android box to carry your IPTV service, but we chose to stick to IPTV specific boxes, and not Android boxes. There’s a difference, and IPTV boxes are, of course, dedicated to IPTV streaming.
4: Choose the Right Accessories
The only accessory, aside from a good router (as mentioned in #2) you may need, is an Ethernet power-line Adapter. These gadgets allow you to be able to hard-wire your IPTV box to the internet without your IPTV box being in the same room at your modem.
Don’t be confused. Ethernet power-line adapters are not WiFi extenders. WiFi extenders are focused on wireless transmission, while power-line adapters use your home electrical line to bridge the gap between your device and your modem. You’ll get results as if your IPTV box is plugged in directly to your modem.
What we recommend
There are several brands that create Ethernet power-line adapters such as D-Link, NetGear, TP Link, etc. However, we tested specifically the Tenda brand Ethernet power-line adapter.
Tenda – AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Kit: Easily allows for effortless Gigabit speeds for UHD streaming.
This coupled with our recommended IPTV boxes and internet speeds makes for a powerful combination, and ensures that you get rid of buffering and freezing from your IPTV service.
5: Choosing the Right IPTV / Provider
Once you have the right internet speeds and all the right gear, you’re now ready to look for a good IPTV provider. There are hundreds of IPTV providers out there, and each has their pros and cons. Aside for content offerings, one of the things you must look at is how well the IPTV streams works with your home network setup. Some providers offer service that works well in certain regions, but lag and slow down in others. Test test test. Try a few to see which works best. However, if you have taken the steps outlined in this post, you can successfully run on most popular IPTV servers and experience little to no freezing.
Your needs will vary, but finding a IPTV service with a good offering of channels and categories, quality, variety, stable streams that don’t drop often, and good enough picture quality on major channels are what most are looking for.
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While this post is just a list of our recommendations on how you can eliminate and reduce freezing and buffering from your IPTV service, each case is different, and no single solution will solve everything. However, we believe that our tips and recommendations will work in most cases. And you may need to spend a little extra to get the best out of your IPTV service but it will pay off in the end, and you will ultimately be saving a lot of money and have way more options, especially when compared to what you would get with one of the major companies.
What does Mbps mean?
Megabits per second – measures internet speed, and is usually indicated by the name of your internet service package…for example Fibe 300 or Internet 300 represents that your internet speed is 300 megabits per second.
Should I use a WiFi adapter or an Ethernet powerline adapter for my IPTV service?
Though WiFi adapters can give you great results, Ethernet powerline adapter kits provide a much higher quality of speed
Should i get an Android IPTV box or a Linux IPTV box?
This is up to you. Android IPTV boxes give you a variety of options and features, and many allow you access to the Google Play store for your convenience. However Android IPTV boxes can be a bit bulky with a lot of extra apps, and uses heavy graphics. This can slow your box down in some instances.
Linux based IPTV boxes, on the other hand, are great but they are not graphically heavy. However you do not get all the extra options and you typically don’t have the ability to download apps to it.