Since the computer is the source of the stream, it is important that it's up to date and tuned for the best stream experience.
Here are some tips and tricks that are worth taking a look at if you would like to improve your streaming experience.
Choose the right Power Mode (Windows)
Many laptops use different power modes to optimize for best battery life. These can have a big impact on the streaming, especially if the computer is not connected to power.
- Check that your computer is configured for "High Performance" mode. This will ensure that the CPU and network card are not limited in resources. (Found by clicking on the Battery Icon in the tray, Bottom-Right)
Optimize Screen resolution
The screen resolution has a big impact on streaming since it decides how much "data" is needed to be processed and sent over the network to Airtame. This will especially help on an older computer with limited processing power.
- Try lowering the resolution on your computer. E.g 1280 x 720
If you choose a screen resolution with another aspect ratio like 1280 x 720 or 1080 x 1920 you will also get rid of the black bars at the side of your TV while streaming. Read more in this article: Get rid of the black bars
Since WiFi is taking care of transferring the video stream, it is crucial that its performance is not limiting the stream. Therefore there are different ways this can be improved.
- Ensure that your preferred streaming method is using 5GHz to connect to either your own WiFi or directly to Airtame since the old 2.4GHz band is limited in performance. This is because of oversaturation and interference from other devices with Bluetooth and Microwaves
Use the Manual Mode when streaming
Airtame is doing it's best to predict what is the best for you but if you would like to play around and adjust streaming settings manually you can potentially end up with settings that give you an even better streaming experience.
If your computer doesn't support 5GHz, consider upgrading your WiFi card in your laptop. In most computers, it is not a hard upgrade and can greatly improve connectivity.
- Get a new card supporting the newest 5GHz AC standard.