Best VPN provider (In your opinion)? (Strictly no referral allowed)

Charlie_Zhan

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thanks for your reply. currently I think using WiFi can hit abt 400-500mbps (speedtest). if using a vpn halves the speed I think it's still ok? not very sure what's a normal figure using a VPN.
you can try the free windscribe account and see if you are ok with the speed then decide again.. otherwise it's still a very good free VPN account to keep and use if you need to in future

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most VPN provider that I tested will slow down your download and upload speed even when you are connected to their nearest server. The % of download and upload speed that you can achieve when connecting to VPN vs without vpn differ between each VPN provider. Most VPN could reach 20-30% of possible speed. A few of them may be around 6-20%. Speedify consistently achieve 80% and above but they don't support Netflix streaming.

Most of them claim to have no log policy but it depends how you define what is consider no log. All of them have to have some kind of tracking on the number of concurrent connection to their server (since they limit to 5 or less connection) with exception of Windscribe that has unlimited connection.

My last speedtest in Singapore against Singapore server back in January are as follows:-

M1 1GBps fibre via LAN. Without VPN download and upload are btw 816-939Mbps

Achievable download speed
Speedify 81.4% @729Mbps
Tunnelbear 29.3% @270Mbps
Windscribe 28.9% @261Mbps
VPN Unlimited 27.2% @255Mbps
Cyberghost 25.7% @234Mbps
Buffered VPN 22.8% @209Mbps
NordVPN 21.5% @197Mbps
PIA 20.4% @184Mbps
ivacy 20% @169Mbps
ExpressVPN 16.2% @144Mbps
HMA 16.2% @137Mbps
IVPN 15% @135Mbps
SaferVPN 10.6% @94Mbps
Astrill 6.7% @61Mbps

Achievable upload speed
Speedify over 86.9% @800Mbps++
Windscribe 32.5% @280Mbps
VPN Unlimited 28.8% @254Mbps
NordVPN 29.8% @243Mbps
Cyberghost 26.8% 240Mbps
PIA 25.8% @223Mbps
Buffered VPN 24.5% @208Mbps
HMA 23.5% @202Mbps
Tunnelbear 22.4% @192Mbps
SaferVPN 21% @179Mbps
ExpressVPN 15.5% @140Mbps
IVPN 16% @138Mbps
IVACY 12.7% @112Mbps
Astrill 5.9% @51Mbps

I will run another speedtest and will post the results here next week.
wow your astrill VPN speed is :s22:

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most VPN provider that I tested will slow down your download and upload speed even when you are connected to their nearest server. The % of download and upload speed that you can achieve when connecting to VPN vs without vpn differ between each VPN provider. Most VPN could reach 20-30% of possible speed. A few of them may be around 6-20%. Speedify consistently achieve 80% and above but they don't support Netflix streaming.

Most of them claim to have no log policy but it depends how you define what is consider no log. All of them have to have some kind of tracking on the number of concurrent connection to their server (since they limit to 5 or less connection) with exception of Windscribe that has unlimited connection.

My last speedtest in Singapore against Singapore server back in January are as follows:-

M1 1GBps fibre via LAN. Without VPN download and upload are btw 816-939Mbps

Achievable download speed
Speedify 81.4% @729Mbps
Tunnelbear 29.3% @270Mbps
Windscribe 28.9% @261Mbps
VPN Unlimited 27.2% @255Mbps
Cyberghost 25.7% @234Mbps
Buffered VPN 22.8% @209Mbps
NordVPN 21.5% @197Mbps
PIA 20.4% @184Mbps
ivacy 20% @169Mbps
ExpressVPN 16.2% @144Mbps
HMA 16.2% @137Mbps
IVPN 15% @135Mbps
SaferVPN 10.6% @94Mbps
Astrill 6.7% @61Mbps

Achievable upload speed
Speedify over 86.9% @800Mbps++
Windscribe 32.5% @280Mbps
VPN Unlimited 28.8% @254Mbps
NordVPN 29.8% @243Mbps
Cyberghost 26.8% 240Mbps
PIA 25.8% @223Mbps
Buffered VPN 24.5% @208Mbps
HMA 23.5% @202Mbps
Tunnelbear 22.4% @192Mbps
SaferVPN 21% @179Mbps
ExpressVPN 15.5% @140Mbps
IVPN 16% @138Mbps
IVACY 12.7% @112Mbps
Astrill 5.9% @51Mbps

I will run another speedtest and will post the results here next week.

wow. this is very comprehensive. thanks!!

will take a look and decide
 

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you can try the free windscribe account and see if you are ok with the speed then decide again.. otherwise it's still a very good free VPN account to keep and use if you need to in future

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oh yeah. I just saw the link for the 20GB. will test it out first. thanks also!
 

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you can try the free windscribe account and see if you are ok with the speed then decide again.. otherwise it's still a very good free VPN account to keep and use if you need to in future

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I am using the 10GB Windscribe as my main VPN for free Wi-Fi. It is pretty decent for my occasional use. Occasionally I also use Tunsafe (wireguard) and Shadowsocks just for testing purposes.

Then occasionally I also use Transocks and SpeedIn free VPN for China geo-blocked account, just for testing, no real need to use them as I have paid VIP to Youku and QQ music which do not require VPN once you pay.
 

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Hi, I would like to have a VPN to bypass geoblocking on YouTube. so let's say I choose the SG server for NordVPN, does it bypass the geoblock? or I'll need to select, say, the TW server?

Appreciate your replies!

For solely bypassing geoblocking on YouTube, you can use either:

1) VPN client running on router

2) VPN client running on OS (i.e. Windows)

3) Proxy add-on/extension for web browsers like Chrome/Firefox
 

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For solely bypassing geoblocking on YouTube, you can use either:

1) VPN client running on router

2) VPN client running on OS (i.e. Windows)

3) Proxy add-on/extension for web browsers like Chrome/Firefox

yeah. I was thinking of setting up the VPN client on the router so that don't have to individually set up each device that I use at home. and more importantly I can't set up a VPN on the apple tv

however it's the speed throttling that I'm concerned about. therefore wanted to see if anyone has a good recommended vpn that doesn't compromise on speed too much.
 

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yeah. I was thinking of setting up the VPN client on the router so that don't have to individually set up each device that I use at home. and more importantly I can't set up a VPN on the apple tv

however it's the speed throttling that I'm concerned about. therefore wanted to see if anyone has a good recommended vpn that doesn't compromise on speed too much.

Not sure about the speed throttling part but I think it has more to do with router's CPUs/processing power.
 

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Not sure about the speed throttling part but I think it has more to do with router's CPUs/processing power.

icic. I have n56u, ac1200g+ and ac88u at home. think only the ac88u supports openvpn?
 

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icic. I have n56u, ac1200g+ and ac88u at home. think only the ac88u supports openvpn?
from what I've read, ac88u cpu doesn't have AES-ni capability.. so it would most likely give you around 100mbps down and upstream if OpenVPN client is configured on it.. I'm using ac86u that supports aes-ni and it would give me a max speed of around 200mbps down and 250mbps up.

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from what I've read, ac88u cpu doesn't have AES-ni capability.. so it would most likely give you around 100mbps down and upstream if OpenVPN client is configured on it.. I'm using ac86u that supports aes-ni and it would give me a max speed of around 200mbps down and 250mbps up.

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yeah. I just googled for the best VPN router and ac88u is not inside any list. probably will get the ac86u for that purpose. are u also using openvpn on the ac86u?
 

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yeah. I just googled for the best VPN router and ac88u is not inside any list. probably will get the ac86u for that purpose. are u also using openvpn on the ac86u?
yes OpenVPN client running on Merlin firmware...

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ahhhhh bypassing geoblocking on YouTube, China, torrent.

Also passby my office firewall :D

What is the use case? Different use cases may lead to different recommendations.
 

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ahhhhh bypassing geoblocking on YouTube, China, torrent.

Also passby my office firewall :D

No one VPN can do all of the requirements for you.

In particular for China Geo-blocked content you have to use either Transocks 穿梭 or SpeedIn 快帆, two of the known to work solutions purely for China Geo-blocked content but not good for anything else.

No comments for torrent which is very grey to say the least. Streaming is the way to go.
 
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