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This entry shows you how to use the Bandwidth Tester.

1. Go to Broadcast menu & Right Click the Specific Channel to which you Wish to
Test your Data-rate

When you right click a channel, the settings dialog will pop up. This corresponds to the action
Broadcast – > Edit Channels – > select and press the edit button.

(So now you know the shortcut. 🙂 )

2. Click ‘Test Bandwidth’ in the Settings Dialog

In the settings dialog, click the ‘Test Bandwidth” button to start the bandwidth
test which will run for approximately 45 seconds.

How the Bandwidth Tester Works and Why you Should Always Use it?

Correction: The bandwidth tester also take dropped frames into account, but some slight adjustments may still be needed.

Even if you may have a huge general upload bandwidth assigned by your Internet Service Provider, you have absolutely no guarantee of the data-rate (bandwidth) you can maintain to a particular target server. That is why general bandwidth testers are next to useless if you need to make sure you can maintain a particular data-rate to a particular server.

The XSplit bandwidth tester reads the configuration of your streaming settings, and more specifically your video max bitrate (MBR) setting and your audio bitrate (ABR) setting. Based on those settings, the bandwidth tester will try to maintain a stream of constant MBR + ABR to your target server. This is why the XSplit bandwidth tester is reliable (and any other method is next to useless).

If your video bitrate setting is generally low (

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