How to conserve YouTube bandwidth usage

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Even if you have a relatively fast Internet connection, uploading larger videos to YouTube can be an arduous, time-consuming process. Not only can it take a while, but the upload process can easily consume the lion's share of your available bandwidth. The solution to this problem is to limit the percentage of your total bandwidth allocated to YouTube. While this results in lengthier upload times, it also makes other tasks on your computer execute more quickly. Unfortunately, there is no way to control upload speed from within YouTube itself.

In order to accomplish this task, download and install a traffic shaping application. Traffic shaping applications allow you to manually select how much bandwidth a given program on your computer can use, preventing a singular task -- such as a YouTube upload -- from hogging your connection. NetLimiter can be purchased from its official site see Resources.

A trial version is available for download, too, so you can test it out before purchase. Once you've downloaded the setup file, double-click to install and follow the onscreen instructions.

Check the "Limit" box in the Upload column that corresponds to your browser and then enter your desired upload speed limit in kilobytes. The value to enter will vary dramatically based on your connection. Testing a range of speeds is the best way to determine what works best for you. To get started, though, try something in the range of 50 kilobytes per second.

The interestingly named cFosSpeed was created in Germany. As with NetLimiter, a free trial version is available. The unrestricted program -- which as of publication is at version 9 -- costs To get started, download and install the program see link in Resources.

Locate the browser you are using to upload your video to YouTube. If you can't find it in the list, click the "Add" button to manually select it. Unlike NetLimiter, CFosSpeed lets you set a program's bandwidth allocation to low, medium or high, rather than a specific number.

It is ideal if you just want to listen to some music with the video part minimized. Increasing the resolution up to p increased bandwidth use up to around 1. For most YouTube playback in the workplace, this is a good setting. Video and audio will be clear. Once you start playing YouTube videos in HD mode you start to eat up enough bandwidth to put a dent in many Internet connections. My own tests reported YouTube bandwidth use at around 3.

As I mentioned earlier, there is no need to be streaming content at these rates for most use cases. Watching YouTube videos at the current highest resolution of p also known as 4k will eat a lot of bandwidth. Being able to monitor YouTube usage in such detail has its benefits. Network managers can identify when users are exceeding acceptable use YouTube bandwidth requirements — even on wireless connections — and impose bandwidth limits on YouTube network traffic to stop persistent offenders.

Monitoring a network to control and conserve YouTube bandwidth usage is therefore a better solution than blocking access to the social media site or trying to enforce an unenforceable acceptable use policy.

If you allow YouTube network activity in the workplace, and monitor YouTube usage effectively, you could resolve many more issues than employees wasting time watching videos. In my experience, it is better to educate users on the appropriate use of YouTube during normal business hours. You will find that it is almost impossible to eradicate YouTube out of the workplace. So, it is best to have network traffic monitoring tools in place to check on YouTube bandwidth usage.

In the event, someone is continuously hogging bandwidth, remind them of your fair usage policy! Finally, if you need to research something or any such, watch your videos in low resolution where possible. How much bandwidth does YouTube use? YouTube p Watching YouTube videos at the lowest resolution used up about.

YouTube p Increasing the resolution up to p increased bandwidth use up to around 1. YouTube p Once you start playing YouTube videos in HD mode you start to eat up enough bandwidth to put a dent in many Internet connections. YouTube p Watching YouTube videos at the current highest resolution of p also known as 4k will eat a lot of bandwidth.

Education rather than eradication In my experience, it is better to educate users on the appropriate use of YouTube during normal business hours.

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