Testing your audio for choppiness
This is a common problem with High Fidelity because audio and voice chat is basically a form of VOIP (voice over IP) whichplaces greater demands on your network. To determine if your network switches, router, or WiFi access points are up to the task of clean audio, go to a quiet domain then enable ‘echo server audio’ you will hear yourself (slightly delayed) as you speak into the microphone. Any choppiness suggests you may need to ugrade your WiFi access point. If choppiness happens on a wired connection, that suggests your network connection might be too slow. HF does not work well on mid-tier DSL. If you are on blazing internet and still choppy then your router or Ethernet switches might be the culprit.
If the developer menu heading is not displayed, go to the settings menu and enable the developer menu heading:
About bandwidth usage
HIgh Fidelity consumes significantly higher resources than legacy grids to achieve low latencies and high quality audio and voice chat. In a low content domain with no activity, the upstream bandwidth is approximately, 512-700Kbs while the downstream bandwidth is 128Kbs.
When noise reduction is enabled (it’s a good thing to do), the upstream bandwidth drops significantly while the sound levels interface hears are below the noise mute threshold. When you speak (or other loud background sounds happen), the bandwidth climbs to 700Kbs.