Netflix Fast.com speed-test tool arrives to measure your mobile bandwidth

Netflix Fast.com speed-test tool arrives to measure your mobile bandwidth
How many times have you been using your phone, trying to stream a video, download an app, or just simply browse the web, and you can't shake the feeling like your connection is way slower than it should be. You've got full bars, and everything looks like it should be working fine, but for whatever reason you're constantly buffering or waiting for pages to load. Now Netflix has a new tool available to give you some no-nonsense data on just how fast your phone's connection really is, as it launches the new Fast.com service.

But aren't there plenty of speed-testing tools already out there? Sure, you've got your pick of options, but there are few details about how Fast.com operates that might make it particularly attractive for the next time you want to hold a tape measure to your mobile broadband speeds.

For one, it works right in the browser – and that's just as true for the desktop as it is for mobile. There's no app to download, no chore of choosing the right server for your location; you just enter “fast.com” in your browser and it instantly starts measuring your speed.

The other real benefit is considering which servers Fast.com uses to perform its measurements. Since it taps right in to the same Netflix servers that deliver the company's video assets, you're measuring your speed relative to a service you'd actually want to use. Who cares if some random speed-test app says your phone has a really high-speed hookup when measuring from some under-utilized rack in an anonymous network hub? With Fast.com, you're looking at real-world speeds that might be just a bit more meaningful.

Still, Netflix is aware that people will want to shop around, and after giving you your results, Fast.com helpfully links to SpeedTest if you feel up for a comparison.

Does your mobile connection live up to your carrier's promises? Or does Fast.com suggest you should be getting more for your money? Complain about your pitiful service (or brag about the insane speeds you're getting) down in the comments.


source: Netflix

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11 Comments

1. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Finally Assassins creed identity released for Android

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

41Mbps, VZW, Dallas.

3. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

1.5 mbps tmobile ,sant barbara cali, lol

4. abel86

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

150 Mbps Xfinity (Comcast)

5. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

only cell providers not broadband

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why not? using netflix on cell network if bad idea afterall, it drain your monthly plan really fast.. lol (except for binge on and friends of course)

6. tonyv13

Posts: 120; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

75Mbps Long Island, NY nice

7. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

4.7Mbps, MetroPCS (T-Mobile), Dallas area

8. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

120mbs London.

9. RodStiffington

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

1.4 Mbps, MetroPCS (T-Mobile) Chicagoland area : (

11. arpanshah1990 unregistered

It seems that Netflix server is fast compared to speedtest.net server's

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