Depending on how you are using the personal VPN service, performance is one of the most important factors. One important aspect of a VPN provider’s performance is speed. Instead of digging around and reading 10 different performance reviews for each VPN provider, the team here at VPNSP decided to make it easier for our visitors by making a table of VPN speed tests . By putting the VPN speed tests we performed into a tabular format. All the different VPN providers were tested out on the same Internet connection. We know that bandwidth speeds vary depending on many factors but we tried to get it as accurate as possible. VPNSP ranked the VPN providers on a percentage. First we recorded our speed without VPN (baseline speed). Then we connected to the VPN service and tested the speed once again. The table will give you a good idea of how the VPN providers tested in terms of speed.
Some VPN providers advertise server capacity and number of IP addresses available. The number of IP addresses tells you how many VPN connections they can support. A VPN service with 300 VPN servers and 20,000 IP addresses is better equipped to support high usage than a VPN service with 10 servers and 500 IP addresses. Some VPN providers can experience capacity issues on certain servers. This can affect the performance and even render the server unusable if they run out of IP’s in your desired location. Make sure when selecting a VPN provider that they have enough capacity and IP’s (user spots) to support your needs.
Another service feature to consider is how often the VPN provider will let you switch VPN server locations. Unless you travel a lot or have some other need to constantly change locations, most people typically use 1 or 2 VPN servers. They tend to find the location with the best performance and stick with it. Yet others travel or want to access content in different parts of the world. If you fall into this category pay close attention to the VPN provider’s policy on how often you can switch servers. Some providers like Hide My Ass will let you switch as much as you like, on the fly. While others including Strong VPN have limits on how many times you can change server locations in a given month. When selecting the best personal VPN we suggest a service like Hide My Ass and IPVanish that allows you to easily switch server locations as often as you like.
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VPN Buyer’s Guide:
Part 1 – VPN Server Locations – consider which countries you’d like to access VPN servers in. This is especially important for those who travel frequently and others who are focused on avoiding geo restrictions.
Part 2 – VPN Protocols – without boring you with too much technical jargon we’ll explain what terms like OpenVPN, SSL, PPTP, L2TP and SSTP mean and the advantages of each for VPN connections.
Part 3 – VPN Account Types – this is the most important section of the guide. Don’t pay anymore than you need to for VPN access. Here we suggest tips for finding a high quality service at the lowest possible price.
Part 4 – Performance – we focus a lot on the reliability and performance of VPN services. Testing the speed of several top services. You’ll want to do the same. Both be reviewing our results and testing for yourself.
Part 5 – VPN Routers – this is a more advanced section of the manual. Using a router flashed with DD-WRT firmware will allow you to run every connected device through a single VPN account.