Netflix launches new internet speed testing tool for consumers

Fast dot com from Netflix

Netflix has just announced the arrival of Fast.com. The internet tool shows you how fast your internet connection really is.

The platform works with mobile and desktop users, simple go to the URL and test your speed.

There are other platforms that already accomplish this task such as Speedtest.net. Netflix says its tool is “ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand.”

One missing feature at this time is an upload speed testing tool. Then again, Netflix is all about measuring how fast your speeds are for downloading its streaming TV shows, movies, and documentaries.

Here is the full blog post from Netflix’s David Fullagar:

Today we are launching fast.com, a simple-to-use website to help you see how fast your Internet connection is, whether on mobile or broadband, anywhere in the world. And like the Netflix service, it’s ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand.

We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider. When you’re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you’re getting from your Internet service provider. Using Netflix servers, fast.com works like other globally available tools including speedtest.net, and the results should be similar in most cases.

This consumer speed test is different than our Netflix ISP Speed Index. Fast.com measures your personal Internet connection at any given time. The speed index measures average monthly speeds of actual Netflix streams during prime time hours.

Like the cellular data controls we recently introduced, fast.com is another tool consumers can use for greater insight and control of their Internet service. Fast.com works in any country, and it is free for everyone — whether a Netflix member or not. Give it a try at fast.com.