The main purpose of using a VPN is to protect your identity and privacy while online. All of your data is sent encrypted, and accessing a site means you’re accessing a server somewhere on earth. However, there are some who cringes when they hear the idea of connecting to a VPN because it slows down their Internet connection. So if you want to be safe online but are wary to use a VPN software, check out these five ways on how to speed up your Internet connection while on a VPN connection.

1. Check your Internet speed

You first need to determine if it’s really the VPN that is causing your Internet connection to slow down or if you’re ISP (Internet Service Provider) is having some issues. Use an online tool that measures your Internet speed when you’re using the VPN, as well as when you’re not. Most of the time, this issue can be usually resolved by calling your Internet provider. They have the capability to tweak some settings on your connection in order for you to establish a more solid connection via VPN.

In addition to this, you can also try a wired connection instead of going wireless. Hardwired connection is usually more stable since wireless connection can easily be disrupted with many factors such as distance, walls, electrical appliances, and so on. Though the idea may be inconvenient for some, connecting to a VPN with hardwired connection enables transmission and receipt of data transfer faster.

2. Power cycle your router

Although this trick has been around for ages now, it has been a proven solution for a number of connection issues. Power cycling your router means turning off your router by unplugging the power cable from the back of the device or from its power outlet, leaving it anything from thirty seconds to a minute, and then plugging it back in. Wait for the indicator lights to become stable or solid, and then check your connection once more.

It’s an old trick, but believe me, it’s definitely worth the try.

3. Switch server locations

The further the server you’re using is, the slower your Internet connection will get. Let’s say you have an Internet connection speed of 100 mbps and choose a VPN server that’s near your location. With this, there’s a chance that you’ll get a 100+ mbps connection.

If you were to choose a VPN server that is much further from you with the same Internet speed, the best thing you can get would be between 5-10 mbps connection. So in conclusion, try to choose a server which is nearest where you are located and is not too much congested, in order for you to get the optimum VPN connection.

4. Temporarily disable firewall and other security software

It is a fact that having an active firewall or an Internet security software running on your computer can also interfere with the speed of your connection. Since firewall programs scan data packets that leave your computer, which means it has the power to disrupt whatever connection you’re trying to establish. The best recommendation for this is, if you’re not sure how to configure your firewall or Internet security settings so that it won’t block or interrupt your VPN connection, better turn it off completely.

5. Choose the Correct VPN Protocol

One of the possible reasons why you are experiencing a slow or unstable VPN connection is you’re not using the appropriate protocol. You may be using a protocol that is not supported by your Internet Service Provider. You can try calling your ISP and ask them what specific protocol their connection is using when it comes to VPN, and then have them assist you in making the necessary changes on your modem/router, if you’re not sure on how to do it yourself. Common protocols that are usually being used are PPTP, OpenVPN, IKEv2, or L2TP.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:19:11 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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