People streaming programming from Netflix take up more Internet bandwidth than anything else. It accounts for around 40% of the traffic on the Internet.
Buffering due to slow Internet is probably the number-one complaint of those who stream videos. Streaming Netflix takes up a lot of data. You could have problems because you aren’t paying for an Internet connection that supports all of that streaming. Or it could be because an awful lot of people want to watch the same thing you do at the very same time and it’s clogging up the servers.
ISP’s have also been accused of purposely limiting user connections to Netflix because they consume so much bandwidth. Netflix has now launched a super-simple website that lets you check the speed of your connections to Netflix.
This site works with both broadband and mobile connections. Plus, you can use it anywhere in the world. And don’t worry, they aren’t trying to sell you anything. This is strictly an ad-free site to test your speed. It measures your personal connection to the Internet.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it is a very simple page. All you see is your connection speed.
The connection here is 17 Megabits per second.
Recommended streaming speeds for Netflix are as follows:
- 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
- 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
- 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
- 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality
So this connection would be good for everything but Ultra HD streaming.
This page doesn’t give a whole lot of details about your connection. If you want more, you can click the link to Speedtest.net.
Speedtest is not an ad-free site, however. So be careful where you click.
You can also check out which ISPs offer the best average speeds for Netflix users at the company’s ISP Speed Index page.
It lists the largest Internet Service Providers on the front page, but will also let you take a look at smaller ISPs. These numbers only gauge Internet speed for streaming Netflix programming and don’t reflect the speeds you could see for other services.