Often readers are looking for the very fastest server in a specific location. Testing VPN server speeds is a rather difficult affair because there are so many variables which can affect the results. Distance from server is one of the most common, as is route. I did intend to do a variety of server tests across the world on a monthly basis but after careful consideration the variables involved in distance testing would of given poor results, not in terms of speed but in terms of what can be achieved from a user perspective.
To help visualise this, consider myself, located in the United Kingdom, testing VPN servers on the west coast of the USA. That is some considerable physical distance and even though I have achieved good results from certain providers, the maximum speed achievable is far from what it would be on a server closer. For this reason I decided to test only UK servers to see which can maximise my internet connection. While you may not receive as high results if you live outside the UK or at a greater distance, it can serve as in indication of which may give you better results regardless of your physical location.
It is important to remember that these speed results are only an indicator of speed achieved for myself on a personal basis and the results you may see can differ vastly from one provider to another.
As part of a change this month, I no longer used a British based test file download due to issues with connection via a download manager to open concurrent connections, so each provider was tested using the same 1GB file from ReliableServers.com
All providers were tested using OpenVPN 256bit and the UDP protocol. Apart from the exception of Ironsocket and Overplay which used OpenVPN directly, other providers were tested using their custom software and the OpenVPN option. All downloads were made using a download manager to open concurrent connections to the file. The test was carried out on Monday, 3rd November 2014 between 16:00 and 17:00.
Standard Connection 151.44mbps
*LiquidVPN uses a server based in Manchester rather than London unlike the majority of the other providers which is physically closer to our location by 190 miles.
Some mixed results this month, the test time was slightly earlier than the previous month and on a weekday as oppose to one near the weekend. In the majority the speeds are up overall which is likely to be a reflection of the test time. On a whole the results are rather similar to previous months with IVPN making a big leap in speed compared to September 2014 and LiquidVPN again performing amazingly well, although their server is physically closer than any of the others which is part of the reason for the amazing speed achieved.
With 5 of 7 providers producing excellent results it just goes to show that those with fast internet connections can make use of VPN providers and higher encryption and still receive extremely favourable speeds. For those that have faster connections this will be seen as an added bonus.
The third and second to last providers, both EarthVPN and VyprVPN produced speeds that while on the lower end of the scale will be maximum, or more than maximum for a large portion of the world’s internet connections.
Some great results, it will be interesting to see what December brings.