*BUFFERING*….*BUFFERING* We’ve all been there. You’re just trying to watch Mr Robot online, you turn on your Chromecast and launch your favorite streaming app but you can’t get past the buffering message. Either that, or you’re doomed to video that cuts out at critical points of a high intensity drama due to unknown internet forces. Is it Netflix? Is it your ISP? Is it your wireless router?
It’s always hard to tell. The key is to make sure the things you can control (the hardware you own) are in tip-top shape. You can also make sure you choose an Internet Service Provider that is reviewed well for their blazing video speeds. Netflix recently gave us such a list.
In order of speed, here are the fastest internet providers in terms of download speeds:
USA ISP Speed Index
Cablevision – Optimum: 3.59Mbps
Verizon – FIOS: 3.54Mbps
Bright House: 3.42Mbps
Time Warner Cable: 3.37Mbps
AT&T U-Verse: 3.2Mbps
AT&T DSL: 2.51Mbps
Verizon DSL: 1.9Mbps
Canada ISP Speed Index
Bell Canada Fiber optic: 3.73Mbps
MTS Fiber Optic: 3.61Mbps
Bell Aliant Fiber Optic: 3.6Mbps
Sasktel Fiber Optic: 3.42Mbps
Eastlink High Speed: 3.4Mbps
Bell Canada DSL: 3.05Mbps
Sasktel DSL: 2.69Mbps
MTS DSL: 2.67Mbps
Eastlink DSL: 2.34Mbps
Bell Aliant DSL: 2.02Mbps
Eastlink Rural Broadband (wireless): 1.35Mbps
UK ISP Speed Index
Do you see your provider on the list? How did you fare? Most are about the same speed, it would seem (between 3 and 4 Mbps) so maybe the difference isn’t as stark as you would think. Remember that these speeds will vary based on your location, not just the provider you choose.
Share your experiences below with any of the above ISPs.