How to throttle own bandwidth for reduce data consumption during Zoom


  1. Posts : 37
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       #1

    How to throttle own bandwidth for reduce data consumption during Zoom


    Hello everyone

    I've heard that Zoom always tries to provide the best quality sound and video that a user's internet connection allows. This means that users with fast but expensive connections will pay a lot of money for every Zoom meeting, even if lower quality experiences would be perfectly acceptable. Do you know of a way (a simple method inside Windows, or a free/cheap program) that can be used to throttle down (i.e. reduce) the bandwidth (i.e. MB per minute) available to Zoom?

    I know there are things one can do to reduce Zoom's data consumption, but Zoom will still try to provide the best possible experience regardless of the financial cost to the user. Wi-Fi isn't free or cheap everywhere.

    Thanks
    Samuel

    PS. My own Windows version is 1903 18362.959, but my question relates to Windows 10 generally.

    PPS. In the mean time, I've discovered that NetLimiter 4 is simple and easy-to-use and successfully throttles one of my browsers (haven't tested it on Zoom yet, but I have high hopes). It costs $20 after the trial period.
    Last edited by ugcheleuce; 17 Jul 2020 at 07:12.
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       #2

    @ugcheleuce -

    There are ways to mitigate this.

    Are you accessing via Hardwire Ethernet or Wi-Fi?

    Here are two resources to guide you in reducing your bandwidth consumption -

    Reducing Zoom Data and Bandwidth Use | [email protected]

    How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10

    HTH,

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  3. Posts : 37
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    I've seen this one, thanks. They give tips such as reducing video quality (which will reduce the consumption from about 60 MB per minute down to 15 MB per minute) and switching off your own video (which saves about 30% of data), but none of those tips will reduce the data usage down to Zoom's recommended minimum of 3.5 MB per minute.
    Thanks, but this link is about setting one's connection as "metered", which will disable certain types of updates from being run, and may affect things like BitTorrent, but as far as I can see, it won't affect Zoom.
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  4. Posts : 4,395
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       #4

    Hi.

    You should be able to configure the Zoom application to be metered.

    How to Do Anything on Zoom: Your Complete Guide | HighSpeedInternet.com

    This might also be of help - submit a support ticket:

    Zoom Technical Support – Zoom Help Center

    Submit a request – Zoom Help Center

    From Zoom -

    Bandwidth requirements


    The bandwidth used by Zoom will be optimized for the best experience based on the participants’ network. It will automatically adjust for 3G, WiFi or Wired environments.

    Recommended bandwidth for meetings and webinar panelists:


    • For 1:1 video calling:
      • 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video
      • 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for 720p HD video
      • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)
      • Sending 1080p HD video requires 1.8 Mbps (up/down)

    • For group video calling:
      • 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) for high quality video
      • For gallery view and/or 720p HD video: 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down)
      • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 2.5mbps (up/down)
      • Sending 1080p HD video requires 3.0 Mbps (up/down)

    • For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps
    • For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps
    • For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps
    • For Zoom Phone: 60-100kbps


    Recommended bandwidth for webinar attendees:


    • For 1:1 video calling: 600kbps (down) for high quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
    • For screen sharing only (no video thumbnail): 50-75kbps (down)
    • For screen sharing with video thumbnail: 50-150kbps (down)
    • For audio VoiP: 60-80kbps (down)


    Please post back on this.

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  5. Posts : 37
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Compumind said:
    You should be able to configure the Zoom application to be metered.
    That may be, but I don't know how, and my googling into this did not yield a result, unfortunately.
    This page gives the same advice as the Cornell page, namely: disable your own video chat and select lower quality video in Zoom.
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  6. Posts : 4,395
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       #6

    May I suggest submitting that support ticket?

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  7. Posts : 4,395
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       #7

    @ugcheleuce -

    Found this.

    Worth a shot... If you don't want to contact Zoom.

    How to Limit Any Application’s Bandwidth on Windows

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