This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to test Internet speed on Fire TV or Firestick.
Many people often have buffering problems with their Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and one of the first things that should be checked is the download speed on the device. There are many reasons why your Fire TV or Firestick would have problems streaming and an Internet speed test will help with the troubleshooting process.
It is important to understand that you only need approximately 7-10 Mbps to enjoy a quality HD stream. Also, most servers that you are streaming from won’t download much faster than that anyway, especially when using Kodi on your Fire TV or Firestick. Many people get hung up on the notion that their buffering problems are caused due to the fact that they aren’t getting 50Mbps or higher download speed. I would confidently make the claim that if your Internet speed is 10 Mbps or higher and you are experiencing poor performance, the culprit is the server you are streaming from and really nothing can be done about that.
TIP: If you’re trying to install large unverified apps, this could also take time when you have a slow internet speed. In addition, you can only complete it by side-loading or installing anything into your device without using the official app-distribution method from the Amazon App Store. I recommend using a VPN to install such apps. Click this link to learn how to install a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.
I suggest using the video below because I cover important details that aren’t outlined in the general steps.
How To Test Internet Speed On Fire TV or Firestick Tutorial
- Install Firefox Browser
- Launch Firefox Browser
- Type the following URL into adddress box troypoint.com/st
- Click Start Test button to begin speed test
- View report following test
- Follow recommendations in video if you have speed problems
Watch video below for details not covered in general steps above.
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Warning! Protect Yourself With A VPN
Most cord-cutters use a VPN and rightfully so.
The free streaming applications, addons, and paid IPTV services that you use are usually hosted on insecure servers.
Without a VPN, your IP Address is being logged.
Your IP Address points back to your location and identity which compromises both your privacy and security.
Your current IP Address is 188.8.131.52 – When you use a VPN, your real IP address will be converted into an anonymous new one.
A VPN will provide you with an anonymous connection to the Internet.
This will prevent your Internet Service Provider, app/addon developers, government agencies, and any 3rd party from logging what you’re accessing online.
The most popular VPN among cord-cutters is IPVanish due to their blazing fast speeds and zero log policy.
Its important to use a VPN that is fast since we are streaming large HD files. Its also crucial to find one that keeps no logs of what their subscribers access while online.
Setting up IPVanish VPN on your streaming device is simple!
Step 1 Register for an IPVanish VPN account by clicking the link below.
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Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”
You may also find the IPVanish App in the Google Play Store for those of you who are using Android TV Boxes, phones, and tablets.
Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.
Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.
Step 5 – Click Download.
Step 6 – Click Open.
Step 7 – Enter your username and password to login. Your username is the email that you used to register for IPVanish service with and your password is automatically generated and emailed to you.
Step 8 – Click Connect button.
Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.
Step 10 – You will notice that your IP Address changes along with location of connection. You are now operating anonymously through your device.
Click the Home Button on your remote and the VPN will remain running in the background.
Congratulations! You are now protected by a VPN which means everything that you stream or access through your Firestick or Android TV Box is hidden from the rest of the world.
If you ever need to stop the VPN service, simply re-launch the application and click the DISCONNECT button.