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As I’m sure you’re aware, having a strong connection is a key part of getting great Skype call quality. Today I’m going to give you some tips on making sure you’re on the best connection for your Skype calls.
Which connection type should I use for Skype?
In 2012 there was a clear hierarchy of network connections, wired was better than wireless and wireless was better than mobile data connections. However in 2013 4G networks and mobile handsets started becoming more and more widespread.
4G networks can be very quick and can even beat some wireless connections. If you have a 4G capable device and a network in your area, try using a speed-check app with WiFi turned on and then again with it turned off to see which is fastest for you. If you find that your 4G connection is faster than your WiFi connection, you might want to use 4G to connect to Skype. Just be sure to keep an eye on your data limit!
Speed isn’t everything when it comes to finding the right network though, stability also plays an important role and for that, it’s still hard to beat the old wired Ethernet connection.
So which connection should you use? If a wired connection is available, that should be your first choice. If that’s not an option, then WiFi beats 3G and you should use a speed-check app to decide between WiFi and 4G.
Use the Task Manager to check what’s eating up your bandwidth
This is a tip that gets you under the hood of Windows 8 and above. The fastest internet in the world isn’t going to help the quality of your Skype call if all of it is already being used by other programs on your computer.
With Windows 8 we introduced an easy way to see what programs are using up your network with the Task Manager. You can get to it by searching on the Start screen or pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and selecting Task Manager. On the default tab, Processes, you’ll see everything that’s running on your PC and how much it’s CPU, Memory, Disk and Network. If there are any programs which are using up a lot of your network, consider closing them while you’re on a Skype call to improve the quality.
Get a strong connection when you’re not at home with Skype WiFi
We already had Skype WiFi on Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS and in 2013 we added Android devices to that list. Keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter so you can stay updated as we grow this great feature.