Going Live on Facebook or YouTube is easier than ever using your phone and a 4G or LTE cellular connection. But if you are streaming from work or home and relying on WiFi your networking equipment could be holding you back.
When making a live video using your phone you have a direct connection to your wireless carrier. However - cellular data connections aren't always reliable, especially in areas with poor coverage, in large crowds or during inclement weather.
Using WiFi or ethernet can be a good solution for having more control over your networking but there are a few things to take into consideration.
For example: If you are connected to a WiFi network, your iPhone or iPad has to communicate with a router before accessing the internet.
In some cases if you have a poor "internet" connection you may be unable to stream.
Likewise, if you have a poor connection between your "router" and your iPhone or iPad the quality of your live video may suffer.
Here's an overview of how to go live when using WiFi.
Checking your internet speed
Internet is required to stream a live video. Speedtest.net is a commonly used service for checking your internet speed. There are two results you will get back when running a speed test.