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Skype - What you need to have good connections and signals - A simple explanation for non-IT people - PART 2
Tips for better Skype calls

Video calls use a lot more bandwidth than audio calls, so if you are having issues with the quality of your video calls, Skype recommends:
–  Closing other applications that use the internet, especially those playing music or video.
–  Cancelling any file transfers in progress 

If this does not resolve your problem, you may need to increase your bandwidth.
Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if you need more information regarding your download and upload speeds.


Is a Wired Connection (Ethernet connection) better than a Wireless (Wi-Fi) connection?
Wi-Fi is obviously more convenient than wired Ethernet cables, but Ethernet still offers significant advantages.
Most devices will perform better if they are hard-wired (connected with an Ethernet cable): 

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How Much Faster Is Ethernet?
Ethernet is just plain faster than Wi-Fi plus the signal’s speed is more consistent than Wi-Fi, however, in many countries, Wi-Fi has become good enough to handle most of our daily tasks. The speed of a router may also affect the quality of the signal.


Problems with Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is subject to a lot more interference than a wired connection. The layout of your home, objects blocking the signal, interference from electrical devices or your neighbours' Wi-Fi networks—all these things contribute to Wi-Fi being generally less reliable.


 When Does It Make Sense to Use Ethernet?
The main reason for using Wi-Fi is convenience. If a device needs to move around or you just don’t want to run a cable to it, Wi-Fi is the right choice.  BUT, in terms of signal quality, Ethernet is often a better option.

Assuming it’s easy to connect your devices with an Ethernet cable, you’ll get a more consistently solid connection and signal.
In the end, Ethernet offers the advantages of better speed, more reliable connections, and lower latency (the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer). 


Helpful Articles

How to Test Your Internet Connection Speed or Cellular Data Speed:
https://www.howtogeek.com/215488/how-to-test-your-internet-connection-speed-or-cellular-data-speed/


How To Get a Better Wireless Signal and Reduce Wireless Network Interference
https://www.howtogeek.com/126327/how-to-get-a-better-wireless-signal-and-reduce-wireless-network-interference/


How You and Your Neighbors Are Making Each Other’s Wi-Fi Worse (and What You Can Do About It)
https://www.howtogeek.com/209450/how-you-and-your-neighbors-are-making-each-other%E2%80%99s-wi-fi-worse-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

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NOTE:

I have copied the foregoing information from reliable sources.
I am not an IT specialist.
If anything is incorrect, please let us know.
If anyone with more technical skills than me wishes to add to this discussion, your information, input and suggestions are more than welcome.
If anyone has a technical question, please feel free to ask the question, and hopefully, someone with IT experience will be good enough to answer your question.
Mar 25, 2018 4:31 PM
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