Ways to increase your VPN speed
If you are experiencing performance issues (speed lags) more than usual, here are ways in which you can give your VPN a boost.
Almost all VPNs out there claim to have high-speed servers with lightning speeds. Most of these claims are true until you decide to test the VPN and realize that the speed is lower than expected and can’t even stream anything. Many issues may affect the performance of a VPN regarding its speed. Mostly, the encryption that VPNs use should be the only reason why a particular VPN should lag. But that might not be the case; if many performances hindering factors are combined, performance will be much worse. So, if you are experiencing performance issues (speed lags) more than usual, here are ways in which you can give your VPN a boost.
Use lesser encryption protocols on your VPN
This option should only be considered if you are not using a VPN as a security measure. i.e., for light browsing and other functionalities which don’t involve security. Usually, a VPN may have up to four protocols used when creating a secure tunnel for your encrypted traffic to go through. VPNs typically combine the OpenVPN protocol with the other three. When selecting protocols, always ensure that OpenVPN protocol is always selected or else there no need for using a VPN. By stripping some encryption protocols, you remove some load and hence reclaim the bandwidth and speed back.
Before selecting/unselecting these encryption protocols, know their advantages and disadvantages. Some of the protocols are more vulnerable than others and could put you at risk. The stronger the encryption, the slower the speed and vice versa is true.
Change your VPN’s Internet Protocol Setting
After stripping some encryption protocols, the next thing you should look at are the Internet Protocols which your VPN is currently using. VPNs usually use two main internet protocols which are User Datagram Protocol (UDP) and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). Both of these protocols are used when sending packets, and hence they play a role when determining the speed of your VPN. When UDP is used, a server doesn’t verify if all packets reached the destination, but in TCP, a server verifies if all packets reached the specified destination and if not, others are resent hence you get a stable connection. In these two protocols, UDP is faster, but you might risk losing some packets. On the hand, TCP is reliable but a bit slower.
Use the best server
A VPN may have several servers, but some of them are not worth considering if you are in need of speed. VPN server speeds are measured in terms of latency and throughput. Latency is the time taken for the server to service a request from, i.e., your computer and is measured in milliseconds. Throughput is the amount of data that can be transferred in a given period and its expressed as Mbps; this is what most people refer to speed.
When choosing a VPN , you ought to check the above; the lower the latency, the faster the speed and the higher the throughput, the higher the speed. Some VPNs may not show their server values in terms of latency and throughput, in this case, select a server which is relatively close to your location. The further the server is, the lesser the speed.
Change your internet connection setup
Due to convenience reasons, everyone prefers to connect to the WIFI Hotspot. Most of the times, you might get that the Hotspot connection is slow and this may affect your VPN speed. Many factors may affect the WIFI connection such as electronic interference, magnetic interference, and even router overload. To avoid these Hotspot performance issues, use a wired connection directly from the router.
Stop sharing your VPN connection
Reputable VPNs offer up to 5 simultaneous connection on a single VPN subscription. To enjoy this free offer, you need to install the VPN in your router so that other people can access the VPN connection. Sometimes, this might slow down your VPN speed due to different factors, for instance, some VPNs might overload the router, i.e., when doing encryption and this might affect the performance of the router and hence fewer speeds. There might also be a case in which everyone in your household is using the same server as you are and this also might contribute to lesser speeds.
Use a higher speed internet subscription
Sometimes, the problem might not be the VPN nor your router and your PC. You might be having low internet speed subscription which when coupled with a VPN, the speed becomes even lower. If you don’t want to compromise your VPN functionalities, subscribe to an internet package with higher speeds. If you already have a high-speed connection but still there a huge lag, proceed as specified in the next step.
Reset/reboot your device
You read that right! There’s a reason why IT technicians will always tell you to reset or reboot your device when a problem persists. Some problems can only be solved by a reset or a reboot, in our case, first, try uninstalling and reinstalling the VPN client. If the problem persists, reboot your device including your router. The final step should be a reset; you can try other VPNs before proceeding to reset your device as it might not be the problem. If it is, remember to back up your data before resetting.