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Hi - I'm Bill

I have been live streaming music for quite sometime now and low bandwidth has

always been a thorn in my saddle. Now that I have found you guys, maybe I can

get some answers - thank you all so much!

My average upload speed is 1.9 MBPS - What should I set my bitrate to in OBS?

I have it at 1000 now


Bill Madison

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If your upload speed is very stable, such as a DSL connection, you should be able to go close to your upload speed limit without any issue.  For example, 1.5Mbps should be fine, possibly 1.6Mbps.  If it's a wireless or cellular based ISP, you may need to drop further back than this.


I suggest doing a trial run with a continuous ping in the background, such as to Google's DNS  If there is barely any increase in the ping times compared to 1000Kbps, then that bitrate is fine.  If however, you see the pings regularly spiking up such as over 100ms, then try dropping back the bitrate by 0.1Mbps. 

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