Troubleshooting Network Connection Issues

One of the most common causes of problems while trying to watch Netflix is weak or intermittent Internet connectivity. Frequent rebuffering or loading, problems starting the Netflix application, error messages stating "Cannot Connect to the Internet," or trouble playing a movie or TV show on your device generally indicate a slow or interrupted Internet connection.

Fortunately, we've compiled some helpful steps that resolve most Internet connectivity problems.

Note: If you complete the steps below and are still having issues connecting to the Netflix service, we highly suggest you reach out to your Internet service provider. They will be able to help you determine if your router is properly set up to communicate with the other devices on your home network.

What type of device are you using to stream Netflix?

Game console

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If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your video game console and ALL of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off or unplug your video game console.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your game console back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Connect your game console directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router and connecting directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause. Please note that the Wii and Wii U require a Wii LAN adapter to complete this step.

  1. Turn off your game console.

  2. Plug your game console directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your game console and attempt to stream again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.
  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or reconfiguring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and Internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your game console directly to your modem if you can — it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, it's okay to skip to Step 3.
Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

Computer

If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your computer powered off and ALL of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off your computer.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your computer back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Connect your computer directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem, and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router and connecting directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off your computer.

  2. Plug your computer directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your computer and attempt to stream again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.
  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and Internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your computer directly to your modem if you can--it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, it's okay to skip to Step 3.
Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

Smart TV

If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your smart TV and ALL of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off or unplug your smart TV.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your smart TV back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Connect your smart TV directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem, and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router and connecting directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off or unplug your smart TV.

  2. Plug your smart TV directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your smart TV and attempt to stream again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.
  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and Internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your smart TV directly to your modem if you can--it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, it's okay to skip to Step 3.
Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

Blu-ray player

If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your Blu-ray player and ALL of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off or unplug your Blu-ray player.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your Blu-ray player back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Connect your Blu-ray player directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem, and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router and connecting directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off your Blu-ray player.

  2. Plug your Blu-ray player directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your Blu-ray player and attempt to stream again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.
  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and Internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your Blu-ray player directly to your modem if you can--it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, it's okay to skip to Step 3.
Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

Set-top box

If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your DVR or set top box and ALL of your home network equipment unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off or unplug your DVR or set top box.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your DVR or set top box back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Connect your set-top box directly to your modem

If you're connecting through a wireless router that's connected to your modem, and still can't connect after restarting your network, try bypassing the router and connecting directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will help identify what's causing the problem by eliminating the router or wireless connectivity problems as a possible cause.

  1. Turn off your DVR or set top box.

  2. Plug your DVR or set top box directly into your modem using an Ethernet cable.

  3. Unplug your modem from power for at least 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn on your DVR or set top box and attempt to stream again.

If this step gets you streaming again:

  • If you've bypassed your router and successfully connected to Netflix directly through your modem, it's likely that the router itself is the source of the problem.
  • Bypassing the router will allow you to stream for now, but if this configuration isn't a perfect solution, you may want to contact whoever set up your home network for help resetting or re-configuring your router settings.

If you're still not able to stream:

  • If you're connected directly to your modem and still can't stream Netflix, you may want to check with your equipment provider to make sure your modem and Internet service are functioning as intended.​

If you were unable to complete this step:

  • We strongly recommend attempting to connect your DVR or set top box directly to your modem if you can--it will allow you to absolutely rule out your wireless router as the cause of any network connection issues. However, if there's no way for you to directly connect your device to your modem, it's okay to skip to Step 3.
Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

Tablet or mobile device

If your network meets our Minimum Streaming Requirements, completing the steps below will resolve most connection issues.

Restart your home network

For this step, make sure to leave your device and ALL of your home network equipment powered off and unplugged as a group for about a minute before plugging each device back in one by one.

  1. Turn off your mobile device.

  2. Unplug your modem (AND your wireless router, if it's a separate device) from power for no less than 30 seconds.

  3. Plug in your modem and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on. If your router is separate from your modem, plug it in and wait until no new indicator lights are blinking on.

  4. Turn your device back on and attempt to stream Netflix again.

Try a different Internet connection

If you're still running into issues after resetting your device and your home network, the root cause of the issue could lie with the network itself. If possible, connect your mobile device to a different Internet access point to rule out any potential home network configuration problems as the cause of the issue you're experiencing. Some examples:

  • Attempt to connect to a different Wi-Fi network in range of your device.
  • Bring your device to a neighbor's or friend's house and attempt to stream.
  • If you have the ability to access a cellular data network on your device, try using it to connect to Netflix. While we generally don't advise streaming over a data network as a fix, it's a good way to see if a home network configuration issue is what's keeping you from streaming reliably.

If you're able to stream using a different Internet connection, we recommend checking with whoever set up your home network to resolve any potential issues with the way the network is configured.

Restore your ISP's default settings

If you've modified your device for custom connection settings, we recommend using your Internet service provider's default settings. If you are connecting with a Virtual Private Network, disable it and connect directly with your home Internet. If you have changed your device to a custom DNS setting, try resetting your device to acquire DNS automatically. If you are unsure how to complete any of these steps, reach out to the manufacturer of the device for more assistance.

Improve your Wi-Fi signal

If you're connecting over Wi-Fi and the above steps didn't help, try some or all of these steps to improve your wireless connectivity:

  • Move your router to a new location to improve signal strength--you'll usually see better reception throughout your home if the router is in a central location.
  • Wireless interference can cause big problems when trying to connect over Wi-Fi. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, or other wireless devices near your router can all cause wireless interference, so move them away from your wireless router.
  • Elevate your router off the floor. A router on top of a bookshelf or desk will give you better reception than one that's hidden behind it.

If you're having network connection issues while trying to stream Netflix, the steps above are a great place to start. If you've tried all of our suggestions and you're still having connection problems, you may need additional help troubleshooting your home network.

What should I do next?

If you are still having trouble connecting to Netflix, you will want to contact the person that set up your home network. They should be able to help you determine if your router is properly set up to communicate with the other devices on your home network.

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