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Our liveStreaming of Classes

HI Parents and Students, today we look at your internet connection.ย  By now you should be experiencingย  our liveStream with RAA teachers going thru your children’s classes.ย  We would like to give you a few pointers to further improve your children’sย  liveStream experience – of course this improvement may also improve your own video conferencing experience – so lets begin.

the Speed Test

Speedtest.net is the most common site to test your speed.ย  On laptop and computer, simply go to www.speedtest.net and you should have a screen just like below:

Now you can simply click GO and it would generate a speed for you… BUT WAIT!ย  This will not give you an accurate measure of the speed of your internet – why?ย  at the bottom of the GO circle you will find details – on the left is your router address, this is your home/office or coffee shop where you initiated the test.ย  ย Now on the right is theย destination or end point where the test will be sent and subsequently return to provide your speed.ย  Notice it says on my laptop – Sky Fiber in Makati – by default speedtest.net seeks the end-point for the test to the nearest network. To be honest I am not sure why.ย  In any case, at least they gave the option of changing the end point for the test.ย  So you ask why do i need to do that? or why bother?

Think about it. Most of the pages you visit as you search the web is most likely hosted in servers abroad, not necessarily within our little atol in the pacific (the Philippines of course). Even if the facebook page you are viewing is based in Manila or Makati, chances are that page is sitting somewhere else in a neighbouring country with better Telco facilities – in Asia this is usually Singapore, Japan or Australia (Aussies, you are not part of Asia but close enough, forgive me!).ย  So really, testing for speed in the same city is quite useless. So to make this test more accurate we shall change the endpoint to test all the way to Singapore – where paaralan.co’s liveStream servers are located.

Click on Change server,ย  You should be prompted with the options below – click on the Seach bar and type “singtel” as shown below,

Click on the Singapore – Singtel option, which should show you the setup below:

Now click/tap GO to begin the test.

So the results are in~ what did you get?ย  the two most important parts of the test results are the download Mbps and the Upload Mbps. Now you may not get the same results as we at paaralan.co get – maybe better, maybe much less.ย  ย The good thing is that your link should at least be performing at 16Mbps upload and 12Mbps download that is suitable for a good liveStream.

Now let me show you another test – same laptop, same location at the home/office same time frame, albeit a few minutes after:

Wow see the distinctive difference?ย  the download speed is about 50% less and the upload speed is about 25% lessย  – wow!ย  so what happened? what did i do?ย  its simple, i connected WIRELESS to my router – yes WIRELESS and my router is only about a meter or 3 feet away from my laptop. You may not realise it, but going wireless is convenient, however, has consequences on your surfing speed.ย  ย And with good quality liveStream or video streaming entirely dependent on internet speeds – you wonder why you get “choppy” dropped connections all the time, despite paying for an expensive internet package.ย  If this is happening to your precious children’s liveStream connections during class – perhaps its time to consider wiring up that laptop or computer (modern branded computers have wireless built-in like Dell or Hp computers).

So what next?

Part 2 of this blog will tackle connecting your laptop or computer to your router to wire your children’s PCs / laptops for a great liveStream experience.ย  We also look at the various telco packages available for parents who are new to “wiring up” your home for internet.

We are paaralan.co and weย  help your children learn online in a safe, secure manner using liveStreaming with teachers and multi-media curriculum designed for online learning.ย  If you have any questions, please feel free to chat with us on our website – www.paaralan.co or our fb page-ย  facebook.com/paaralan.co

Sincerely,

Karlo M.