If you’re getting fed up of buffering on videos or being kicked out of online gaming sessions for having poor latency then it might be worth you spending a few moments making sure that your ISP is giving you the internet speeds that you’re paying for. Netflix have a great little website called FAST.com that can do this for you and they have just improved the data that they test.
Two years ago when Netflix launched FAST.com it simply measured your download speed and then offered a link to the third party site SpeedTest.net if you wanted further information. Now, after more than half a billion tests from all over the world Netflix have added new features including upload speed and latency.
We’ve heard from some FAST.com users that they crave more information about their internet connection. That’s why today, we’re adding the ability to measure connection latency and upload speed. Upload speed measures the speed of the connection for uploading data from a user’s device to the internet. Latency – which refers to the time it takes for data to travel from a user’s device to the server and back – will be measured on both unloaded and loaded connections. Unloaded latency measures the round-trip time of a request when there is no other traffic present on a user’s network, while loaded latency measures the round-trip time when data-heavy applications are being used on the network.
Using a service like FAST.com is a good place to start if you feel your internet isn’t as fast as you’re paying for and with this extra information it is even more useful to to gather information before contacting your ISP about any potential issues!