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Netflix’s fast.com is the simplest way to check your internet speed

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If you’re geek, you’re probably happy with speedtest.net. It gives you lost of information about ping, latency, jitter, upload, download, server location and other things important for diagnosing your internet speed. If you’re an everyday consumer however, all that information is just too much and complicated.

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Simplicity is where a new site by Netflix, fast.com excels. One simply has to go to the url and that’s it! The service tests the speed and gives you one figure – the download speed.

Just now we checked the speed of the link we’re on and this is what we got:

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Netflix fast.com speedtest

Geeks among you will ofcourse complain that there’s a lot more info one needs to understand the state of their link, especially being able to set the test server, but that’s exactly why this is not for you. It’s not for diagnosis.

This is definitely what I’ll recommend to friends and family. Hopefully conversations with their ISP will become much easier.

Being a video streaming service, Netflix clearly has an interest in ISP customers getting good internet speed and understanding how this impacts their netflix experience. You can read an article we posted some time back on netflix content and your internet speed.


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14 thoughts on “Netflix’s fast.com is the simplest way to check your internet speed

    1. Thats pathetic, i stick to my trusted uMAX for now, ZOL was sounding good because of the unlimited bit, but at that speed no thanks.

    2. Don’t talk to me about ZOL Wimax! I was so pissed off with ZOL that I was looking for alternatives. I found it in ZOL Fibroniks… Bloody expensive at $150 per month but it works flawless (for now:

  1. Ooops!!

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    * Could not reach our servers to perform the test. You may not be connected to the internet

    But l connected to internet thats how l got to fast.com. I got 0Mbps

    1. Ok! My firewall was getting too much involved.

      Im getting 930Mbps, yes people you are reading it right! Close to 1Gbps

      1. Mmmm. From this I can surmise you are not in Zimbabwe. Hell you are not even in Africa. I can also deduce that you are currently living in the United States of America. Damn I am Sherlock Holmes.

  2. I’m getting 75 kbps on TelOne ADSL Home Premier – but when I test with speedtest.net I get 3.6 Mbps – I thought I understood internet speed somewhat, but this now has me a little bit perturbed. What’s going on? I noticed that when speedtest does the ping thing, it uses a server in Zim. Is that why it gives such a number – why would it chose a local server anyway?

    1. With 3.6Mbps, browsing heavy websites or watching youtube videos in HD should almost feel effortless. Does it seem that way in reality? I always get close to the maximum 1Mbps connection speed of my package with speedtest.net but less common sites like speedof.me and now speed.com show as little as 5% of that, which matches my real world experience more accurately

    2. These speedtest sites are not reliable at all. The only way to get a proper test result is to run iperf test. Test results also can not be a true reflection of your browsing experience because they sometimes are not able to capture firewalls involvement, cpu load of inline routers and switches, packet drops andcongestion.

  3. 720kbps on uncapped (2Mbps) TelOne ADSL and the logo above the figures is written “FAST”, the irony.

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