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GlenB
Level 7

Speed test

Has everyone else found that Roku's built in speed test is worthless?

I am hardwired via a Gigabit Ethernet with fiber to home gigabit internet. When I run speed test I get 58Mbs onetime then 73Mbs the next it gives me a different answer almost every time.

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atc98092
Level 15

Re: Speed test

Yes, I've never found any speed test on Roku to be accurate. Speedtest.net had a Roku channel for a while, and it was just as bad. The speed test built into the Netflix isn't any better. No idea why, but they've never been accurate. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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andyross
Level 11

Re: Speed test

Roku's do not support Gigabit Ethernet, so will top out in the 90's at best. Also, streaming video doesn't need much bandwidth. Even 4K tops out in the 20's or so.

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makaiguy
Level 11

Re: Speed test

I suspect the Roku and Netflix tests send you test files from their own servers at anticipated rates simulating max rates they'd use during normal operation. So you won't ever see a result higher than that, no matter how fast the last ISP-to-you link is. Their intent is to see if your speed is adequate FOR THEIR SERVICE, not an overall speed test of your system.
Roku 3, 4200X, Ser 4124C7087583, wifi connected - Samsung UN55ES6100
Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi connected - JVC EM37T
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atc98092
Level 15

Re: Speed test

Netflix tops out at 16 Mbps on 4K. Don't know precisely for Prime or Vudu, but likely about the same. However, when streaming my UND rips on my local network I can easily exceed 100 Mbps. All of my Roku devices buffer with them. For some reason my 5 GHz wireless isn't any better than just using the Ethernet. I have to use my Shield for my UHD rips, since it has a Gigabit jack.

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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ghb51
Level 8

Re: Speed test

Don't forget that speed is also determined by whatever wifi card is in the Roku, a quick search didn't yield any answers, but i doubt it's very speedy to a) keep price low and b) because it's just not needed to stream as has already been pointed out. For example, a $350 Acer desktop tower i looked at recently has an Intel wifi card that tops out at 450mbps, so imagine what's inside a $100 Roku or a $30 Express.

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