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What influences VPN Speed?

In this article we will explore what slows down a VPN and how to get the fastest VPN speeds. After security, Speed is the most important ability of any VPN.

When you connect to a VPN your streaming speed, download and upload speeds are very important. There are several factors that can contribute to slowing down your connection speeds. Bandwidth, Server selection, Distance, Communication protocols, Router speed and whether your Internet service provider is throttling your connection.

How to speed up your VPN Connection

Here when we refer to speed we are talking about Bandwidth and the amount of data transferred per second. So the ways you can make your VPN work faster are:

First, try to pick the closest server to your physical location that works for your intended purpose. This reduces latency or lag as its sometimes called. Your connection speed limits how fast a VPN services can be.  You cannot get more speed than your internet connections maximum speed.

The next thing to look out for is crowding, which happens when lots of people share a single server.

If a 500Mbps server has 50 people connected at one time, then each person only gets allocated a 10mbps connection. Most internet service providers use these shared connection policies to save on expenses. A premium virtual private network like NordVPN works a lot faster because the company can afford the extra server capacity for each user.

VPN Encryption

Encryption strength is important because encrypting your data adds a little extra data weight called encryption overhead.

This encryption overhead takes up more of your available bandwidth. What this means is the stronger the encryption, the more likely it will lead to slower speeds unless configured properly

This year NordVPN released a proprietary VPN protocol called NordLynx. This protocol gives NordVPN a huge edge in the market because it significantly increases the speeds NordVPN can provide. A more efficient extension of Wireguard, with a simpler protocol than OpenVPN and IKEv2. This results in NordVPN being significantly faster than all the other VPNs we tested. The NordLynx protocol is at least 40% faster than its predecessors.

Trouble shooting VPN connection speed

Choosing a server geographically nearer to you are will increase speed. This is because the longer the distance, the more packets that get lost, and this raises the latency. Picking a server even a 100miles closer can reduce latency and also relieve congestion or crowding.

Firewalls Vs VPN

The Windows Defender firewall is by default on your windows computer, the Guardian Mobile Firewall is on your iphones.. every device has firewalls which might be on by default. My antivirus and my firewall caused havoc with my connection until I realised. It all comes down to the scanning and filtering of packets and objects get whitelisted automatically. Try to temporarily disable your firewall or add the VPN to the whitelist. While you are connected to the VPN, you will be safe.

Try a different device

Some older operating systems can get bogged down in protocols and disrupt the connection speed. Try doing the same task from a different device. If everything works fine on the second device, then you can assume it’s an issue with the first device. 

Wired internet connection

The Wi-Fi connection can limit everyone connection speed. Your wireless connection depends on a shared channel from which to transmit to multiple devices. This can increase latency and slow down your connection speed. A wired connection (connected to the router by a wire) will cause significantly higher speeds than any equivalent Wi-Fi. A wired internet connection is most often used for very large downloads. 

Restart the Router

Your router can actually get slowed down over time. The problem occurs from a data leakage and this leakage builds up. It’s a good habit to turn your router off for at least 30 seconds before rebooting it once every two weeks.

Switch VPN Port/Protocol

VPN software connects to different servers using a certain port number (e.g. port 412) by using a specific protocol (UDP or TCP).

Some networks can throttle speeds assigned to certain ports or protocols. Changing these ports/protocols can cause better overall performance and faster speeds.

Use WireGuard

OpenVPN connections will be restricted or even throttled on different networks. Using WireGuard will really help improve overall speed. 

Make sure device is up to date?

Install all the latest software updates and security updates, keeping your firmware as updated as possible. This will not only help with speed, it will prevent vulnerabilities on your device. 

Try a different physical location

Maybe if your having connection problems it’s as simple as a problem with your internet connection or your service provider. Try using a free Wi-Fi hotspot somewhere nearby and test this out. Just be sure to have your VPN active before you connect to any danger ridden public Wi-Fi hotspots.

High Speed VPN

Try these tips and hopefully it speeds your VPN connection. If it doesn’t, perhaps the issues are with the VPN itself. In our testing process we found NordVPN to be the fastest VPN on the market, Nordlynx just give them that extra edge for speed.

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