How Much Internet Speed Do I Need for Netflix?

In general, streaming video on platforms such as Netflix or YouTube TV requires 5 Mbps to stream in standard resolutions.

If you want to stream in 4k Ultra HD, you will need a minimum of 25 Mbps. [1] However, streaming even one video in 4k HD may use up all of your available bandwidth. For that reason, if you like high-definition video and you have more than one device connected at a time, we recommend a speed of 50 Mbps or more.

For instance, say you have a 25 Mbps down connection speed. If the total capacity of your internet connection was a pie, each device on the network gets a “slice.”

Your total potential speed is split across all of the devices connected to the network. So, a 25 Mbps plan may only be providing 10-15 Mbps to Netflix — depending on how many devices are taking a “slice.”

Also, using WiFi will always be slower than a hardwired connection. Trying to stream over WiFi can produce less-than-stellar results.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you’re maximizing your chances of a trouble-free streaming experience:

  1. Connect your streaming devices to the router with an ethernet cable whenever possible.
  2. When streaming over WiFi, position the streaming device as close to the router as possible, with no physical barriers like walls or furniture between them. This will help you achieve a more stable connection.

Use online bandwidth calculator to get an estimate of the speed you actually need to stream on multiple devices at home.

 

  1. https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306 
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