Low bandwidth, no problem: Hacks for keeping the upskilling going

Work-from-home capability has never been more necessary than now. To work remotely with efficiency, though, you also need to be able to upskill from home. Creating innovative solutions in an out-of-office environment hinges on being able to quickly get up to speed on the languages, tools and frameworks shaping our new reality. Pluralsight courses and paths offer answers to your tech questions on demand, but with more and more technologists embracing remote culture, there’s a little less internet to go around. And there’s no time for buffering. 

Below are some hacks to help you get the most out of your time on our platform when bandwidth becomes a barrier for upskilling.

Optimize the video player

Pluralsight’s video player automatically detects bandwidth availability and adjusts play quality accordingly to keep a continuous stream. If you manually adjusted it to a higher quality setting, changing it back to auto may help your bandwidth issue. (Need help troubleshooting? Follow the steps outlined here.)

Download courses and use the offline player

You can create a channel or bookmark courses you want to view and then download them during off-peak or non-business hours when bandwidth allows. After you download courses, you can use one of our native apps and offline player mode to learn anytime, anywhere, even without an internet connection. You can also use apps like Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV to stream directly to your television. 

If you run into issues accessing one of our mobile apps or offline players, see if the following suggestions help you move forward:

  • Confirm you have a Pluralsight account.

  • Try logging in with your username instead of your email address. You can find your username here

  • Double check that you are using the correct password and that you are spelling it correctly.

Use transcripts, notes and bookmarks

Our transcripts, notes and bookmarks can help you limit video search time while navigating courses. Using these features, you can create a low-bandwidth resource library, great for switching between devices (ie. computer to mobile). 

A few things to keep in mind when using these features:

  • Courses with transcripts have a CC icon after the course title. Use transcripts by clicking on any sentence or header to jump to the portion of the course relevant to your need.

  • You can download all your notes, or only those for a specific course. Make them searchable by using a hashtag to organize them (e.g., #api). 

  • You can bookmark entire courses, or smaller portions like modules and clips.

Check out Guides

Guides are short, solution-focused articles created by our expert community on a wide variety of technologies—no streaming required. Hundreds of guides on a variety of topics are available to help you upskill in your moment of need.

Get help anytime

Check out the video below (bandwidth allowing) for a visual how-to guide to the steps above, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our Help Center for assistance.