WAN Smoothing vs Forward Error Correction

Has this ever happened to you? You’re doing a live presentation in front of a group of people but the video you readied buffers constantly, and now everyone’s focus is lost. Or how about this? You’re streaming an important event to your viewers but you encounter some network lag, and waves of complaints start coming in about the quality of your stream. In fact, there are a couple of settings that you can tweak in InControl 2 that could make these catastrophes a thing of the past.

Let me introduce you to a little feature called Forward Error Correction. Turning this on makes it so that redundant packets are sent every time data is transmitted to you. These packets are essentially used to detect packet loss and to automatically repair the lost packets when the transmission reaches you. Which means, if you get even a second of connection drop off, your connection will remain buttery smooth. This is best for one way data transmissions, like video streaming or internet browsing.

On the other hand, to absolutely ensure your data is both sent and received with no packet loss, we also offer WAN Smoothing. Imagine your transmissions duplicated and transferred through multiple network channels. If you lose packets in one channel, the other channel will automatically fill in the gaps. You wouldn’t even know that there was a connection problem to begin with. You can even scale up the WAN Smoothing to your liking, increasing the concurrent connections to ensure a smooth transmission. This is best used for two-way communications, like VoIP or video conferences. If you want connection perfection. This is it.

You can toggle both of these functions in your InControl 2 control panel. Just keep in mind that since you are using multiple bandwidth connections for these functions, you will be using more bandwidth. A measly price to pay for flawless networking.