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August 5, 2016updated 17 Mar 2023 9:05am

What is buffering?

Buffering may be annoying but it's an important part of streaming videos.

By Alexander Sword

Buffering allows a streamed video or media file to be loaded while the user is watching or listening to it.

Buffering works by pre-downloading and stores video in a temporary cache before playback begins on whatever device you are using.

When playback begins this ‘buffer’ means that the video does not need to be downloaded at the same speed the viewer is watching it.

Most video streaming sites will automate this process, working out based on the user’s internet connection how much of the video needs to be downloaded before playback can begin.

How can you solve buffering issues?


Taking action by increasing your internet speed, or upgrading your router can help to reduce the amount of time spent buffering. A dual band router that offers 5Ghz network connection should do the trick.

If this is not an option then routinely deleting your browser’s cache and cookies can help to reduce buffering time.

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