We’ve put together some tips on how to step up your VPN speed.

Ditch the wireless connections

Wireless connections are awesome and offer greater freedom as you surf. You can change locations and move to more comfortable areas and still enjoy a seamless connection. When it comes to VPN services, they tend to lower your internet speeds.

You will enjoy great comfort at the expense of better internet connections. The shared channels on multiple devices are partly to blame for this.

Wired connections have less latency and will guarantee higher speeds. If you can get access to these connections, then your VPN experience will be enhanced.

Switch servers

If your server location is not close to you, the chances are that your internet connections will be greatly impaired. The higher latency from distant servers has a negative impact on the VPN speeds, and you’ll take longer to do what would otherwise take a few minutes.

Bandwidth limitations across borders and the numerous networks that data will have to pass through increase the latency.

The longer distance usually results in the loss of more packets of data hence the slower speeds. Choosing a server that is closer to you provides a boost for your overall connection speeds. Find out the locations of servers around you and switch to the one that is closest to your home or office.

While at it, find out whether the new server location is prone to congestion. You may end up taking two steps forward and one step backward with a wrong choice.

Restart your router

Your VPN speed is probably slower due to memory leaks. Moreover, probably your VPN software in router uses more resources, and most cheap routers are not very powerful. Therefore, restarting the router may just be the answer.

This may sound simple and straight-forward, but it may be what you ultimately need. You may also consider using your computer to connect to a VPN service rather than using the router.

VPN connections made directly from the router more often than not result in slower speeds.

Switch off local security software

Local security software and firewall guarantee the security of your system from malware. They may, however, impair the overall performance of the VPN service. Turn them off for a few minutes and check whether the speed will pick up. It is, however, a risky option as your system will be vulnerable to all sorts of viruses.

Alternatively, you could uncheck the backup and auto-update options. This move will ensure that your security software does not use much of your internet connection and your VPN speed will be boosted.

Change the protocol settings

Your internet protocol may be the reason behind a slower VPN experience. Use the “Advanced Settings” tab to switch between protocols. You can choose from the OpenVPN and IKEv2 among other protocol options. Once you are clear on the fastest option, you can make the switch. The downside is that you may have to make do with network instability.

Faster protocols also tend to be less secure. If this is not a problem for you, then you can give it a thought. OpenVPN offers the best security at the expense of speed while PPTP is the fastest protocol but its security level is quite low. You’ll have to figure out what your priority is and make an informed choice.

Check your internet speed and network connection

You may be troubleshooting the VPN service while the actual problem lies with your internet speeds. Try accessing the internet without using the VPN and find out whether your internet connection is as fast as you’d like it to be.

If this is the case then probably the VPN service should shoulder much of the blame. If not, then your internet plan may just be shortchanging you.

A weak signal will result in lower speeds whether or not you are using the VPN service. Ensure that you are operating on a strong network. A simple way to do that would be to test the speed with a VPN and without a VPN.

Switch Devices

The complex encryption that VPN services utilize may be impairing the processing speed of your device. Older devices are less likely to run efficiently when the VPN is enabled.

The processor may have just served its time, and it may be time for you to think of getting a better device.

Restart your device

If you have tried everything else with little success, then you should try this out. The hours you’ve spent on the net may just have stretched out your phone or computer, and a reboot will be all it needs to offer better services.

Your operating system may be overwhelmed and probably needs a new set of instructions. The improper connections can be rectified, and you can get back the amazing speeds with a simple reboot.

In conclusion

Once you take care of throughput and latency issues, the speed of the VPN services will be restored if not improved. Any of these tips should take your VPN speeds a notch higher. Try them out and enjoy greater speeds with guaranteed high levels of security.

If we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments section.

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