In this article, we will explain How to Perform Internet Speed Test on Roku.
Roku-branded players and TVs are some of the most popular streaming devices alongside Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. The newer Roku devices are capable of up to 4K@60p video playback with HDR and Dolby Vision, so you get to watch your favorite movies and shows at the best possible quality.
However, it all boils down to your internet connection, which is necessary for your Roku to access audio and video streams from the web. The device must maintain a solid connection to the internet for everything to work as intended.
A slow network connection causes online media to buffer, freeze, and drop frames; not exactly the smooth streaming experience you would expect. Even if you have a high-speed internet connection, external interferences can also result in your Roku having a poor wireless link to the Wi-Fi router in your house.
Thus, your first step to resolving the connection issue is to run a speed test for Roku. It helps you assess whether your Roku player or TV is receiving enough bandwidth for content streaming through the main wireless link. This guide will walk you through the process of performing a network speed test on Roku.
Perform Speed Test on Roku from Settings
Roku offers a built-in network maintenance tool that allows users to check the wireless connection quality on their devices. Here’s how you can use it to get a decent approximation of your internet speed on Roku:
- Press the Home button on the remote to go to your Roku’s Home screen.
- Next, scroll down the menu options and select Settings.
- After that, move to the Network option on the Settings screen and select it.
- Provided that your Roku is connected to your Wi-Fi access point, click Check connection and wait until you get the results.
If you get the “Not connected to the internet” message during the connection check, either click “Set up connection” to re-connect to your wireless access point or restart your Wi-Fi router. It generally fixes the following error.
Assuming the connection check successfully goes through, click OK to return to Roku’s Network settings menu. From the About screen in the same menu, you can determine your Wi-Fi signal strength and internet download speed, as shown in the screenshot below.
What do the Results Signify?
Fortunately, Roku makes it simpler for regular users to understand the results from the connection check. It indicates the signal strength and internet download speed by three different values: Poor, Good, and Excellent.
If it’s a good or excellent result in your case, it means you should be able to stream online media on your Roku without any problems. On the other hand, a poor result bears playback issues, streaming errors, and connection drop-outs.
How to Improve Signal Strength and Download Speeds on Roku?
There are a few ways you can improve the wireless signal strength on your Roku. One of the most common solutions is to move your Roku device to your Wi-Fi router as close as possible so that there isn’t much signal interference. Even a few inches can have a considerable difference sometimes.
Alternatively, you can try adjusting your Wi-Fi router’s antennas or clearing obstructions between your devices. Make sure your Roku device is in the open and not placed inside your TV cabinet. Those who are using a Roku Streaming Stick should also use an HDMI extension cable to move it away from their TV and reduce wireless interference.
If you have a dual-band router, switching from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz Wi-Fi channel or vice-versa can substantially improve the download speeds or signal strength. We recommend consulting your router’s user manual for more information.
Finally, try disconnecting the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network to reduce the usage load. Sometimes, it helps your router allocate more internet bandwidth to your Roku.
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Internet Speed Test on Roku Using Netflix
Netflix has an internet speed test feature that works across various devices, including Roku. It uses the fast.com service to give users an estimate of their current internet speed.
Put simply, it performs a series of uploads and downloads from your nearby Netflix servers and then calculates the maximum bandwidth your network connection can achieve.
Although the result depends on how well your internet service provider works with Netflix CDNs, you at least get a rough estimate about your internet speed on Roku. Provided that you have a Netflix subscription on Roku, here’s how you can try out its speed test tool:
- Launch Netflix from your Roku channel list or press the dedicated Netflix button on your remote.
- Next, bring up the left sidebar, scroll down to the bottom, and then click Get Help.
- Now move down to the Check your Network option and select it.
The speed test might take a minute or so to complete. When it’s done, you can check out the Connection speed in the results. This is what Netflix recommends for streaming movies and TV shows in various quality:
- SD (480p): 3 Mbps or higher
- HD (1080p): 5 Mbps or higher
- Ultra HD (2160p): 25 Mbps or higher
If you meet the following requirements, you should be able to stream content on Netflix and most other streaming services without issues, as long as you have a steady internet connection.
Can you Run the Speed Test on a Different Device Instead?
Technically, you could run the internet speed test on your phone or laptop if you were in the same room instead of going through so much hassle to run the test on your Roku. However, the wireless chipset inside those devices are vastly different from what Roku devices generally use, so the link speed may vary significantly.
In fact, an internet speed test result on your phone or laptop doesn’t say anything about the connection quality on the Roku. Hence, we highly recommend running the speed test within your Roku device when troubleshooting streaming or network issues.
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Ever since Roku removed the roku speed test app from the Channel Store, it has been quite difficult for users to evaluate internet speeds on their Roku streaming players and TVs.
This Roku guide should come in handy to those who are troubleshooting video playback issues. You can either use Roku’s basic network connection checker or rely on Netflix’s own speed test solution for now.
If none of our tips and tricks on improving Wi-Fi signal strength or download speeds help you out, consider connecting your Roku device to your router using a wired Ethernet cable.
For Roku devices that don’t have an Ethernet port, you can use a third-party USB to Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) adapter.