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Ah, bandwidth. We’ve gotta have it for just about anything we do today that involves the Internet. And if you’re using Skype, there are ways to check to make sure you’re getting the most bandwidth you can to ensure a smooth call.
First, writes Matthew de Beer writes on Skype’s Tips & Tricks blog, double-check the connection you’re using for Skype. A year or so ago, “wired was better than wireless and wireless was better than mobile data connections. However in 2013 4G networks and mobile handsets started becoming more and more widespread.” (A wired connection, he says, is still the best if you have it.)
If you’ve got a 4G-capable device and network in your area, de Beer suggests using a speed-check app with Wi-Fi turned on, and then again with it turned off to see which one is fastest for you.
You should also use the Task Manager in Windows 8 to “check what’s eating up your bandwidth,” because the “fastest Internet in the world isn’t going to help the quality of your Skype call if all of it is already being used by other programs on your computer.”
You can get to the Task Manager by searching on the Start screen or pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and selecting Task Manager. On the default tab, Processes, you’ll see everything that’s running on your PC, he writes. “If there are any programs which are using up a lot of your network, consider closing them while you’re on a Skype call to improve the quality.”
When you’re out and about, consider using Skype Wi-Fi, which lets you connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots using your Skype Credit as payment. You can learn more about Skype Wi-Fi here.
To read the full post, head over to the Skype Tips & Tricks blog.
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Suzanne ChoneyMicrosoft News Center Staff