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I am using a Logitech C120 1.3M Webcam every time I stream it using Skype or some other application there seems to be a 15-20sec delay.

Could this be an issue with the Webcam rather than my connection? My actual download speed is around 1.2mb/s and my upload speed is around 80-90kbps.

If i want this to be a smooth video stream is it worth investing in a new Webcam or should I get an upgrade for my internet connection?


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By 15-20sec delay are you referring to:

  1. 15-20 seconds before the video starts operating
  2. 15-20 seconds between each frame of the video
  3. 15-20 seconds delay between what you hear and what you see

Each has a different cause and we need to be clear on what the symptom is.

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@Matt Jenkins I am assume its the broadcast delay for each frame. Its fine on my end but when i view the actual stream or another computer the delay occurs. – tom Feb 26 '11 at 20:34
So at the remote end you are getting 1 frame roughly every 15 seconds? That sounds nasty. Do you have the ability to test computer-to-computer streaming without using the internet? (two locally connected computers) – Majenko Feb 26 '11 at 20:44
@Matt Jenkins Yes i can do but i'm not sure what software i would use. – tom Feb 26 '11 at 20:46
You could have a go with YawCam - link – Majenko Feb 26 '11 at 20:49
I've just tested it on another machine it has a PCI-E Network Adapter and there is no lag when i stream using this. – tom Feb 26 '11 at 20:58

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