Optimal internet speed for Smart TV
The advent of the Internet has changed the lives of ordinary people beyond recognition. After all, if a dozen years ago, movies, TV shows, breaking news and other information and entertainment content was broadcast exclusively from “blue screens” in accordance with a strictly established schedule, today everyone can get access to any material in a few mouse clicks or taps on the smartphone screen, regardless of time of day or day of week. And it is logical that the TV manufacturers had to look for a way out of this situation.
In the mid-2010s, major brands have presented Smart-TV modules, and later manufacturers have started to produce set-top boxes that can make almost any television “smart“. It is worth noting that designers and programmers of such companies are trying to optimize systems under the “conditions” of a particular country, t.к. Internet access at high speeds is not available everywhere. Fortunately, the situation with Internet access in Ukraine is much better than in many EU countries. But even here there are nuances, preventing stable operation of such systems.
That’s why the Center 5G team decided to tell you about the features, nuances and subtleties of Smart-TV technology and understand exactly what speed is considered optimal for the stable operation of embedded modules and set-top boxes, sharing important, useful, interesting and relevant information with all readers of our blog!
What speed is necessary for watching IPTV?
You bought an IPTV set-top box (Smart TV Box), or any other add-on. You want to watch an interesting series, movies and TV channels in excellent quality for free, but the fact interrupts the video downloads and hanging video. Such situations happen quite often. And this is very puzzling. What’s the reason for these constant freezes and lags of video?
Consider the Smart TV Box and the major factors that affect the operation of IPTV.
Bad Internet speed. With low speed internet have a high probability of freezing the image of video when watching interactive TV (IPTV).
Consider not only the speed of your Internet, and also need to consider the capabilities of your IPTV box, with weak iron (CPU, RAM) your console will not be able to properly work with large video formats, such as Full HD, 4K. For such resolution video you need IPTV set-top box with more powerful hardware.
For example if we talk about video hosting site YouTube 4 Mbit/sec speed is enough. But remember that Google is one of the most stable corporations, and has very powerful and fast servers. That’s why the results on the YouTube platform are good.
But if you are going to load on Smart TV Box such TV platforms as Bizon TV, Faino TV, Peers TV, Channel 1, then you need to have a bit more speed up to 4-5 Mbit/sec.
If you prefer video in Full HD quality with 1080p resolution, then the speed of your Internet should be more than 15 Mbit/s.
If you are going to watch 4K video with a frame rate of 60 fps, you will need Internet speed of about 100 Mbit/s.
So, in order to enjoy watching IPTV video on the STB Smart TV Box (Android) you need to have an internet speed of over 15 Mbit / s., And when watching 4K TV with frame rate 60 fps, you need to have internet speed of 100 Mbit/s.
Below is an example of the table with the video resolution and required speed of Internet for watching IPTV.
With such high bitrate of Internet there shouldn’t be any problems with long loading of video and hangs in the work of IPTV.
But IPTV can freeze for other reasons, see this article for details.
What speed of the Internet for your home?
For browsing, social networking, including online games, the optimal connection speed is 2 Mbps. For video conferencing and SD video.3 Mbps. To watch HD video you need at least 5 Mbit/sec. For Full HD movies. from 8 Mbit/s.
Getting ahead of the story we name the speed necessary for comfortable playback 4K Minimum speed. 25-35 Mbit/sec Recommended speed. 50-65 Mbit/sec
What speeds are suitable for watching IPTV
If there are pauses or delays when watching, it means that the speed of the Internet is not fast enough to fully load the content. Video freezes and gets interrupted. If the signal is weak, the download is performed in parts. The minimum connection for Smart-TV is a connection with a data rate of 2 to 10 Mbit / s. The type and quality of content that is transmitted to the screen of the device also matters. Let’s consider the most popular examples in the form of a table:
To arrange a cinema hall at home, you must not only have HDTV, but also have a fast Internet connection. To determine the speed use different services. One of the most popular is speedtest.net/ru. With it you can find out the speed at which the video is downloaded specifically to your device.
Why Samsung TV does not work with a good connection?
Samsung Smart TV is in high demand among users. Not surprisingly, most of the questions are related to this brand.
A common problem for subscribers. no connection to the network, even if the Internet is good. This situation occurs not only for this brand, but also for LG TVs and other manufacturers.
If video hangs while watching online videos, the reason can be the wrong router setup. To find out if this is the case or not, you need to:
- Check that the router is functioning normally and has access to the network;
- In the TV settings menu, find the item through which the connection with the router is established;
- Find the network that the router broadcasts, and try to connect to it.
If the connection is established, normal operation should resume. If the connection fails, the corresponding inscription will appear on the TV screen. In this case try the following
After that enter the actual IP address. In addition, in the settings of the router should specify the IP address for each device connected to it.
Knowing what kind of Internet you need for Smart TV, you can choose the right tariff from your provider. If there is no connection, it is important to find out the reason for the lack of connection and try to eliminate it. When the problem cannot be solved by your own efforts, it is recommended to turn to professionals.
There are different settings for different TV models of the application “Smart TV”, but there are some classic operations that are suitable for everyone: register an account, configure the connection via cable and Wi-Fi network. To configure the application in older Smart TVs you will need a USB memory stick with special software.
Necessary Internet speed for Smart-TV
To comfortably watch Smart-TV without interruptions and problems, you need to take care about a quality and stable connection to the Internet. Recommended speed of the Internet may vary depending on what format you’ll be using the TV.
To view a 3D movie, you’ll need an Internet connection with a speed of at least 4 Mbit per second. HD video playback requires a connection speed of 3 Mbit per second, and SD-quality video will be smoothly loaded even at 2 Mbit per second.
To find out the speed of your connection you can use special services, like Speedtest.net.
To ensure a comfortable signal while watching IPTV the user must take care about choosing the appropriate tariff plan, which will allow you to enjoy watching any show. We recommend choosing a data plan with speeds of up to 100 Mbit per second, since it will be shared between devices. For example, you’re watching TV, another family member is playing an online game on his computer, another is downloading a large file on his laptop, and another device is involved in watching YouTube, a minimum data plan is definitely not enough for stable Internet service on each device.
If you have a choice between mobile Internet and leased line, then try to give preference to a wired connection.
How to increase the speed of your Internet connection
The first and most important parameter for quality video broadcasting via “Smart” is Internet connection. It, in turn, can be wired (via cable) and wireless (via Wi-Fi).
Note! Wired Internet shows a much better performance in signal quality because it allows you to bypass the extra processes that USB modems and routers have.
The distinctive feature of routers, in turn, is the ability to connect multiple devices to the network without a wire. Nevertheless this way of setting up the Internet has some negative properties: freezing of video clips, impossibility to watch.
Procedure for setting up wireless internet on your TV:
- Check that the router is working properly.
- In the TV settings, analyze the list of Wi-Fi access points and select the required network.
- Enter the password for the access point and connect to the Internet.
Note! Once the TV connects to the desired Wi-Fi network, you need to check the functionality of the Network in the built-in browser.
If the TV has problems connecting to the router, it is recommended to perform the following steps:
- Disable the DHCP server function in the router settings.
- Go to the TV settings and manually enter the required IP info.
- Next, you need to enter the IP address of the equipment to which you want to connect the TV. The default should look something like this: 192.168.1.103. However, if an error occurs during connection, you can try to change the last digit. Subnet mask and gateway must be set to 255.255.255.1 и 192.168.1.1. The DNS server can be recorded 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 or equal to the gateway number, i.e. 192.168.1.1.
Why does your ISP’s claimed speed not match the actual speed
Providers specify maximum speed in your contract. If you have a copper cable connection, your internet speed will be up to 100 Mbps. You can also connect over fiber-optic cable, and then the speed can be up to 1 Gbit/s. The cause of the low speed can be the connection between your ISP equipment and your TV, and sometimes it can be an old router, or a PC/laptop NIC. There is a detailed guide on the Speedcheck website that will help you find and fix possible connection problems.
If you like to watch your favorite movies, YouTube on your smartphone, you can measure your Internet speed through a mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. To do this, download the application and install it on your gadget. Checking the internet speed on your smartphone is also easy and does not take much time. The important thing to remember is to always choose the right connection. Your smartphone may use mobile internet by default, and you need to check the network that your TV is connected to. The most reliable and stable connection for streaming video on TV is via cable, but if your router is far away, you can also connect via Wi-Fi.