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Class: Home Networking Troubleshooting Tips

Last updated: June 29, 2023.

Platform: Class

Version: All


This article provides basic home network troubleshooting tips for users that are having issues accessing or participating in Class sessions. Issues may include:

  • Poor audio
  • Poor video
  • Can’t connect to a live session


This article provides basic home network troubleshooting tips for users that are having issues accessing or participating in Class sessions. This article is written ONLY for users who are accessing Class from a HOME network. Issues may include:

  • Poor audio
  • Poor video
  • Can’t connect or stay connected to a live session

Users connecting from a school or work network should contact their IT department.

How Internet connectivity works with Class

Before we get started, click here to learn the basics of how the Internet works.

While a fast Internet connection may be sufficient for viewing static web pages or reading email, synchronous real time communication services like Class require more than just speed.  

Class is constantly sending and receiving data while a session is taking place. Therefore, Class is more sensitive to general network conditions than a generic web page download.

A steady, consistent network stream is essential for a Class session to function properly. Therefore, the network connection can not suffer from excessive latency, jitter, or packet loss as these things will cause session quality to suffer or even affect the ability of the user to connect to a Class session at all. 

While WiFi is the most convenient way to connect to the Internet, it is not necessarily the best. Click here to learn about the advantages of using Ethernet instead of WiFi.

We do not recommend connecting to a Class session over VPN as quality may suffer depending on the route of the VPN. We understand that some users may rely on a VPN connection for various reasons. If it is not possible to turn off your VPN while using Class, please contact your IT Helpdesk for assistance.

Determining if your home network is the likely culprit

  1. Try an incognito or private browser window to make sure an add-on or extension is not blocking the Class for Web page from loading correctly.
  2. The downloadable Class application on Windows and MacOS provides a Health Check tool to monitor your Internet connection’s health. The tool will indicate if you are experiencing packet loss or latency on your network’s uplink or downlink. Click here for more information.
  3. Try a different computer on the same network connection. If the alternate computer exhibits the same symptoms, the issue is likely caused by your network or ISP.
  4. If other devices on the same network are having issues, such as the ones below, the issue is likely caused by your network or ISP.
    • Buffering while streaming videos or music/audio.
    • Lagging while playing video games online.
    • Webpages loading slowly.
  5. If using WiFI, try switching to a hard wired connection to determine if the issues are affecting your entire home network.
  6. Try the same computer on a different network connection (ex. coffee shop, local library, or cellular hotspot). If issues are resolved by changing networks, then the issue is most likely being caused by your home network or ISP.

If the issue seems to be related to your computer and NOT your network, please click here for more troubleshooting steps.

Suggested network troubleshooting steps

If you suspect that your network or ISP is causing your Class session issues, please try the following:

  • Use a hardwired Ethernet connection to your router: Windows instructions / Mac instructions
    • Check cable for signs of wear and tear.
    • Ensure the cable plug clicks into the computer and router.
    • Ensure that the network setting on your computer is set to Ethernet instead of WiFi.
  • If hardwiring is not an option and you must use WiFi try the following:
    • Ensure that the WiFi router is properly placed in the home for maximum efficiency.
    • Be sure that you are located as close to the WiFi router as physically possible.
    • If the WiFi signal is weak in the area of your home you are working, a WiFi extender or higher powered WiFi router might help.
    • Ensure that your router is configured to use the best WiFi channel for a stronger signal.
  • Restart the modem and/or router.
  • Reboot your computer.
  • Clear your DNS cache. Click here for OS specific instructions.
  • Shut down all unnecessary programs on the computer being used to access the Collaborate session, especially programs that use an Internet connection such as email, instant messaging clients, streaming services (YouTube, Disney, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix), social media apps (Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok), other web conferencing options (Skype, Webex, Teams), etc.
  • Limit use of unnecessary network connected (including WiFi and Bluetooth) devices and services in the home like tablets, cell phones, Smart TVs, streaming devices and streaming services (YouTube, Disney, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix), gaming consoles, and other computers.
    • Please note that devices connected to mobile LTE networks do not affect your home network connection/bandwidth utilization.
  • Contact your ISP support and ask them to test your network components. If a line test does not find any issues:
    • Have ISP support walk you through changing your IP address on your router.
    • Ask ISP support to check if router firmware is up-to-date.
    • Ask ISP support if your router needs a factory reset.
    • Ask ISP support if your router hardware needs to be upgraded.
    • If you own your own router, ask ISP support if your router model is supported.
  • If you purchased your router separately, contact your router manufacturer for support.
    • Check your router configuration for potential issues with settings.
    • A factory reset may be necessary. Consult router documentation or router manufacturer support first and backup your settings!
    • Ensure that the router firmware is up-to-date. Consult router documentation or router manufacture support first and only use firmware files downloaded from your router manufacturer’s website!

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