An internet connection is for Netflix what gasoline is for a car. Without this you cannot watch a program in real time or download a program for later viewing. Just as a car accelerates faster with more expensive fuel, the on-demand streaming service will perform better with a fast connection. So if you try to stream something and it is not quite in the 4K Ultra HD resolution that you expected, chances are it is your internet connection that is to blame.
But do not believe us alone. There is a simple experiment that you can perform to test your Netflix speed to check if your connection is wrong. If so, chances are you will try to watch something during peak hours, while everyone in your area starts up their favorite on-demand streaming services to catch the latest must-see show while dining on a microwave meal and enjoying a meal glass of cheap wine.
Here's how to see if your internet is snuffed to help you prevent Netflix streaming misery.
What to know about Netflix streaming speed
Before we go through the steps required to complete the frequently used Netflix speed test, we first need to consider the kind of results you can expect. In short, the average download speed in the United States is a whopping 94 Mbps, according to Ookla ̵
However, most households in the sticks usually receive about a third of that national average, or only 30 Mbps, for distribution over the entire network. That is enough bandwidth to stream one 4K Ultra HD show on one television in one household. If you receive something below 10 Mbps and there is more than one device that uses the internet, you will be pressed hard to tap a Full HD stream, let alone a high resolution 4K Ultra HD.
Here are the download speeds Netflix recommends (again, for one stream):
- SD – 3Mbps
- Full HD – 5Mbps
- 4K Ultra HD – 25Mbps
How to test your Netflix speed  Now that we have solved that, let's focus our attention on testing your Netflix speed. The process itself could not be simpler. Just go to Fast.com – the official Netflix speed test website – and wait for a number to appear on the screen. Done? That is your current internet speed. If it's a few Mbps (no more than 10) less than you promised, there's no cause for concern – the speed fluctuates more than the value of Bitcoin.
If the speed is much lower than you expected (say, more than a 10 Mbps drop), you may need to take action. Fortunately, we have an in-depth overview of everything you can do to provide Netflix glowing 4K Ultra HD content in no time. Be warned that if the problem comes from a local drop-in speed during peak hours, you cannot do much outside of highlighting the problem with your internet provider.