Although Buffering means a variety of definitions in different types of technologies, here we describe it in the field of IPTV streaming. In general, buffering would speed up different tasks in your computer. Buffering can prevent lag when you’re streaming video or prevent slow performance when you’re playing a graphics-intensive video game on your desktop computer. Buffering involves pre-loading data into a certain area of memory known as a “buffer,” so the data can be accessed more quickly on GPU or CPU.
Too Much Internet Buffering would be a sign of Slow Network Connection
One common form of buffering occurs when your broadband connection is too slow to stream a video in real time. So your computer will buffer the video data, starting playback when there is enough to prevent video lag. If you see this happen often, it might be time to upgrade your broadband speed, or maybe reset your router, if the download rate is lower than advertised by your Internet provider.
Buffer Overflow Can Be a Problem
Sometimes too much data gets loaded into a buffer, causing a buffer overflow, which is a technique used by hackers to take control of a computer or infect it with a virus. Recent advancements in the ways that programming languages handle memory lessens the chance of a buffer overflow happening, but some older programs are still at risk.
While buffering in general helps you to enjoy better computing performance, it can also mean that your Internet connection isn’t quite up to snuff.