Occasionally you may experience your Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection feeling a little sluggish. If you believe that your connection is being slowed down when you are connected to a VPN, there are a few things that you can try that may help boost your VPN speed.
A good VPN service will give you plenty of options to change the servers you are connecting to, no matter where you are in the world. Take for example if you are currently physically in Malaysia, and your VPN is connecting to a server in New York, you might find that your Internet connection faces a slowdown.
The lower the ping, the better your connection speed will be. As you can see from the ping test, because my true location is in Malaysia, physically closer servers will show a lower ping. By simply changing to a server which is physically located closer to your geographical location, such as Singapore, you will notice that it will boost your VPN speed, even if ever so slightly.
Changing your connection protocol aka. your level of encryption has a direct correlation to the speed of your connection. So if your VPN is currently connecting on an IPSec or OpenVPN protocol, changing it to the faster but somewhat less secure PPTP or L2TP protocols might speed up your connection.
Nonetheless, this is not as recommended if you are using your VPN for security reasons. If you are using your VPN for security purposes, stick with OpenVPN protocols.
Sometimes it may not be the issue with your VPN, but your Internet connection in itself. Wifi connections can be unstable, and you will lose speed if you have multiple devices connected to your Wifi network. If your Wifi signal is weak, no matter how good your VPN is, your entire Internet connection is going to be slow.
Consider getting closer to your Wifi router, or even better yet, plugging in your laptop to a wired connection as the rate at which your VPN encrypts and transmits packets of data is increased through a wired connection.
Did you know? Even your antivirus software can slow down your VPN connection because it is continuously filtering and scanning outgoing data.
You can opt to temporarily disable your firewall or security software to check if these are affecting your VPN speed issues. However, you should do this at your own risk, as this is not recommended for your overall safety.
Depending on your VPN service, some VPNs can boast of faster speeds as compared to other VPNs.
If your VPN provider is a very popular one, the servers may get overloaded or face too much traffic. Some VPNs may even limit the bandwidth you are entitled to, and throttle your speeds. It may be that your VPN provider itself is the problem, and not the connection.
Subscribe to only VPN providers you trust who make it a point to never constrain your speeds or bandwidth (ahem, like BolehVPN!)
The classic ‘off and on’ is a favourite go-to for almost all electronic devices. If nothing else works, give your device a fresh start by restarting your modem router. As time goes on, you may find your device slowing down as it experiences issues with memory, overload of running programs or conflicting commands.
Hopefully these tricks will help you to boost your VPN speed and make your VPN connection run smoothly!