How to Speed UP VPN Connection

March 1, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

The internet is a massive constantly updated network which transmits packets of data between billions of machines. In case data transmission fails through a particular route, this route will become not available and data will be temporarily transmitted through an alternate route. This will cause the alternate route to be congested and hence speed issues occur. Accordingly, speed issues are frequently temporary and can be fixed automatically once failing routes are repaired or new routes are added.

VPN speed depends on the actual speed of your current internet connection. The best VPN can do for your internet speed is giving you the actual whole speed of your connection. However, sometimes speed can be compromised given that VPN needs to encrypt each packet of data. So, you might experience a minor loss in speed that shouldn’t be more than 20% compared to your internet connection speed without VPN.

As mentioned above, speed issues are mostly temporary but in case you’re having a persistent issue, please try the following solutions:

Change Server

Typically, choosing a VPN server which is located in a nearby region will speed up your connection as a result of less latency. However, a geographically nearby server may not always be the answer as it might be taking a congested route. Therefore, we recommend trying each server individually for a sufficient period of time till you find the best server for you at this time.

Change Tunneling Protocol

b.VPN gives you 4 options for OpenVPN tunneling protocols: UDP, TCP, SSH and customized tunnel SMOKE. Some networks in some regions will limit the speed of a certain tunneling protocol. That is why you need to test the 4 tunneling protocols and decide which is better. Changing protocols is very easy and can be done in a single click.

Try L2TP/IPsec Manual Configuration

L2TP/IPsec is known to be a faster alternative to OpenVPN. Recently, OpenVPN has become throttled on some networks. Check b.VPN’s FAQ to find out how manually configure L2TP/IPsec connection on your operating system.

Disable Firewall

Whether it’s a firewall built in your operating system or a third party firewall, it scans outgoing packets which may slow VPN connection down. Disable firewall for a sufficient period of time and run speed test.

Restart your Computer/ Smartphone/ Tablet etc…

All these devices might get slowed down due to low battery or memory so make sure to restart your device every now and then and make sure your battery is fully charged.

Restart your Router

As lame as it may sound, but in fact there is something called memory leaks that may cause throttle and restarting your router might actually help.

Other solutions will include:

Changing your device (especially if it’s running a really old operating system)

Changing location (the real issue might be with your internet service provider)

Using a wired connection (if you have the option)