Is your internet connection good enough for you to be a guest on podcasts? Maybe your connection is not performing like it’s supposed to? When most of your time is spent growing your brand, you might not have the time to get an I.T. degree on the side. That’s why we’re here to help you get the most out of your internet connection or understand why your internet isn’t performing like it’s supposed to.
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A weak internet connection can make you look unprofessional, especially when it affects your presentation in such a big way.
And now, without further ado, here are some great internet-related podcast interview tips to make you look like a pro in every podcast interview.
Your internet connection is your lifeline
It’s the only thing keeping you and the podcast host connected.
Make sure your internet connection is stable and have a backup plan in case something goes wrong with your primary connection.
Internet Service Providers have service level agreements with their clients to guarantee sustainable uptime but as we all know technology isn’t perfect and we need to take some precautions. i.e. It’s uncommon for a communal worker to accidentally cut your fiber internet line while repairing a sidewalk but it does happen from time to time.
What is the recommended internet line speed?
During a podcast interview, you’re constantly uploading and downloading information. Having a 10MB/s or greater symmetrical (i.e. upload & download speeds are the same) internet connection is sufficient to perform an audio/video interview.
Anything less, and you might start experiencing a deterioration in signal quality. Signal quality can affect others’ perception of your level of professionalism.
Disconnect any other decives
Applications, no matter the type of device, often use bandwidth in the background without you knowing. Don’t let automatic updates affect your bandwidth at a crucial time.
During your podcast, disconnect any other devices that are connected to your network. This can be done either by switching off the Wi-Fi on your devices, and/or unplugging the ethernet cables. Switching these devices off is fine too.
Tools to test connection
Megapath.com/speedtestplus is a great site to test your download and upload speeds. Bandwidth is constant but unstable. Even if you’re paying for a 100MB/s internet connection, your test results might fluctuate by 1-5MB/s give or take, and that’s if you’re running at optimal speed.
Packet loss (or Jitter) affects your connection in a way where you’ll experience mini disconnects of 1-3 seconds. This will frustrate a host of a show since you’ll disappear or lag intermittently. This affects the quality of their show. Make sure your jitter result is under 5 milliseconds. (See troubleshooting tips below for some possible solutions.)
Upgrade you internet hardware
Investing in a proper 5GHz router will drastically improve your WiFi signal and performance. A decent 5GHz router provides a cleaner signal than a 2.4GHz router. The best solution for a stable connection is to utilize an ethernet cable that directly connects from your router to your recording
device but most devices (such as phones) do not have ethernet accessibility and have to rely on a Wi-Fi signal. In this case, ensuring that your WiFi connection is reliable is very important
Most of the time, the problem occurs from the home user’s side and is often Wi-Fi related. If the problem persists, try resetting your hardware or borrowing a 5GHz router from a friend or relative. This will help by crossing off one very common cause for most issues.
Otherwise, identifying the problem with your internet can be difficult and we suggest always contacting your ISP and notifying them of your problem. Some internet-related problems can be resolved by your ISP resetting your port and them running tests on their side.
Have a backup internet line
Mobile Wi-Fi routers are the ideal backup solutions. It’s also great for people who do lots of nationwide travel. Using your phone’s LTE/4G network can also make a great backup. If you’re using a desktop or laptop to broadcast, you can have your phone hotspot or mobile router ready to switch to in case your primary connection fails. This also means making
sure that you are in an area with good coverage by your mobile provider.
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