We always want to maintain our own privacy. On the other hand, you also want to open every website to browse through but it does reduce your internet speed even if you use the best service.
At some point, it does get hit and affects your internet speed. It is likely to slow you down because a VPN routes your traffic through another extra server which can be located at a far distance.
Some VPN do provide a big issue when one register for a budget VPN. As they have a huge number of users and overloaded servers in which no extra bandwidth is left for work. But my friend you don’t need to live in this state of your connection. We will provide you few ways to boost up your performance level of your VPN.
Let’s see few of those steps you can apply to boost up your VPN connection:-
1. Selecting an another Server
When we connect to a random server we don’t know how far it is located and how much encryption and decryption it carries out. Many do say the nearest server does provide the best-needed performance. It depends on other conditions as well not only the locations of your selected server. Another factor is the traffic on one server.
If you select a popular server location than it can be possible that even after having a huge traffic on that server still, you can manage to have a better speed. It might be possible you can have a better speed even from other locations as well.
Do remember not to use “Quick Connect” button provided in your VPN software as they say to connect you to the best possible server. They end up being connected to a server which generally provides very bad results. As they can connect you to a test location server.
The best thing you can do to test servers for your current location and other locations is not choosing the client showing high ping much often as it doesn’t mean it gives you better results. Try to ping for other locations as well with lower latencies. Try to find the best and the nearest one.
2. Restarting up your system
Sometimes we roam around the whole city to search for the solution of a problem. But the solution lies within our home. In the same way, it can be that the problem might lies on your own personal computer as well. Check out whether you have other apps which may be using your internet in background or devices connected to your broadband which might reduce the speed a bit. Close their connection and stop the background bandwidth churning apps. Close down your route once and your system as well. Then reconnect them together again which may significantly improve your speed.
3. Switching up to Protocol
Clients and servers are connected using a protocol which defines the connection between various devices and encryption used between them. Most of the server uses OpenVPN protocol to provide improved protection, security, speed, and performance. These OpenVPN’s must be your first choice for connection but they might be sometimes be restricted.
You can go for other alternative options available if this option is not available for you. The second best option you can go for L2TP/IPSec and third can be 256-bit encryption which can be a safe option for you available for security issues.
Microsoft develops a highly secured protocol named SSTP which is closer to OpenVPN security which you can opt for from client side.
Another simple choice can be PPTP. But it is a very insecure option to go about making it vulnerable to hackers.
You can go for this protocol for simple tasks like watching videos on Youtube. But do not even think of using it for tasks like online banking and shopping which requires a good amount of privacy and security.
4. Tweak some of your Protocol Settings
It happens sometimes that the set of protocols selected by you doesn’t give you enough good results than you can go for tweaking up some of those settings. Generally speaking, OpenVPN used any of the two protocols which are TCP and UDP. UDP protocol is the simplest once you can go for which will provide you a better performance. On the other hand, TCP is helpful in providing you the better reliability of a network as it provides better error correction than UDP. Go for anyone out of these two as per your choices.
On a default basis, OpenVPN connects using port 1194 which works efficiently without any problem. But at times, if your performance is reduced as some networks might block this port than you can switch to port 443. This is the default port for HTTPS which does provide great reliability.
Some VPN does provide their own protocols which are on a hard side as they add more layers of encryptions even on the default OpenVPN 256-encryption which does reduce some of the performance. But for secure connections, they can provide a huge difference for many of the users.
5. Using a wired connection
In the age of going wireless, an option for WiFi which most of us find more convincing are still face the issue of speed variability especially when two or more WiFi’s are connected to the same channel. Then the best option you can go is the old school wired connection. They will surely go to provide you better consistency and bandwidth. They do also have higher numbers for maximum speed and performance too.
6. Go for Split Tunneling
As a default, most of the VPN’s uses encrypted tunnels to send their network traffic so that no chance of identity theft or leaks take place but it does drain most of the bandwidth of your VPN. So if you want to use your network just let say for video browsing then why does one need to have all their data go through this network tunnel.
Using Split tunneling will give you more control over your VPN tunneling. It is a great tool for visiting a blocked site as well and allow you to visit the site as you did on a regular connection.
If you like to have this functionality check whether your VPN support of split tunneling. Examples of such VPN’s which allow this feature are ibVPN, PureVPN, ExpressVPN and many others.
7. Change your client my friend or last but not least change your VPN device
Choose one of the best VPN clients instead of your own to get a better and quicker result. You can go for OpenVPN which is the best option in the market. Other than from it go for ExpressVPN or PureVPN.
There is one another open source client VPN named SoftEther is also available which does provide loads of options to configure but requires technical knowledge.
At the last, you can go for another device if there is no problem in your VPN currently. But if it is then going to another VPN is a good option. Look out for the VPN services in your region and compare them what is better in which service provider.
Go for a good in-depth research as per your need for the availability and try them out for some time.