Is your Plex buffering? Does it infuriate you? Read on to find out more not just about how to solve it, but what causes it.

Everyone has come-up the dreading buffering symbol. It is annoying to even the most patient of people. As the world progresses to more digital forms of media, buffering has become a larger and larger problem. So, should we get onto the causes and solutions of Plex Buffering?

 

Causes and Solutions

  • Are you on wireless internet? If so, your connection won’t be as quick as if it were wired. Consider buying a home-plug and follow this guide to further speed up your internet.
  • Are you using a VPN, if so, it may have speed limitations! Considering buying your VPN from our sponsors, IPVanish! With Tier 1 Hardware (No Limitations) they’ll be a great choice for your VPN needs.
  • Perhaps your internet is of a low speed to begin with? Go to SpeedTest.net and perform a test. Netflix says that ”
    • 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
    • 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
    • 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
    • 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
    • 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra-HD quality”
      That should suffice for your Plex Needs also.
  • Has your computer got an old CPU? If so, it may be time for an upgrade. In the Plex Media Server File (%localappdata% > Plex Media Server) go to Plex Media Server.log. Search for the string (CTRL+F) speed => what speed shows up? If it shows a speed lower than one. Your CPU can’t transcode quick enough to stream without buffering.
  • Is your operating system out of date? If you have an old OS on your Android box or computer, it might not be suitable to stream videos.
  • If you have an old version of Plex, it might be time to update to the latest version. The latest version of Plex has the newest video drivers and files for streaming videos from the internet. Older versions have out of date files that may have trouble streaming.
  • Believe it or not, the antivirus BitDefender has problems with Plex’s transcoding. So make sure you add Plex as a exception!
  • Also, some Smart TVs are known to have memory problems if playing a higher bitrate. If the other solutions don’t work, try lowering your streaming quality.

 

 

 

Conclusions

I do hope I’ve covered all the bases of stopping Plex Buffering, if not, be sure to….

 

 

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