Have you ever felt as if the Netflix website is super slow, while all other websites are fast and easy to load? Have a feeling that your ISP might be “slowing down” traffic to and from Netflix.com? This is how you can check it!
In the recent years we have heard lots of examples of ISPs that are supposed to put limitations on traffic and speeds at Netflix.com during peak hours. In order for all their customers to enjoy high speeds they on purpose slow down traffic originating from Netflix.com, and thus you can stream YouTube videos without trouble and surf the net as before, but in the moment you start streaming from Netflix you will experience slower speeds. Ain’t that sad? What can be done? And how can you actually check if this is happening with you?
How to check if Netflix is slowed down by your ISP?
If you want to check if Netflix is slowed down by your ISP this is what you will need to do. First of all you go to our speed test or to www.speedtest.net. Check the speed. Here you will see your Internet speed in general. Make sure to remember your speed at this test, and now comes the time to check this out. Visit www.fast.com. This is a speed test by Netflix in which you can test the speed of your Internet connection towards Netflix.com. If you ISP slows down your connection to Netflix you will see a much lower number here than the speeds you got at www.speedtest.net.
What to do if your connection is slowed down by your ISP?
If you doing these tests discover that your Internet connection is slowed down by your ISP then this is what you can do. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and a connection that will hide your online activity from your ISP. If you connect to a VPN server in your own country (or elsewhere) then your ISP will no longer see what you are doing online, and as a consequence you can visit Netflix.com without any speed regulations. You should of course be aware of the fact that a VPN connection in itself might slow down your connection, but a good VPN connection shouldn’t slow you down much at all.
For more information about different VPN providers worth trying, check our VPN reviews. And do not forget that you can also use a VPN connection to get access to US Netflix from abroad and so much more.
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