VPN Speed Testing Done Right to Find the Fastest VPN
Whether you’re already using a VPN service to protect your online privacy and browse anonymously, or are thinking about doing that – there’s one thing that you most certainly need: a fast VPN solution. Most of traditional VPN services slow down the Internet connection because of how they’re built: encrypting and sending all data through a single Internet connection. Thus, when you test VPN speed, you’ll most likely get slower numbers for bandwidth and higher values for latency.
Outside of how VPN services work, testing your VPN speed has to be done the right way, so you get real numbers. Read below to see how to test VPN speed the right way and determine how fast your VPN really is.
Test VPN Speed by Using the VPN Servers
Let’s compare 2 situations for Internet speed tests: with an active VPN connection and without any VPN service running.
1. Testing Internet Speed without VPN Running
When you typically run an online speed test, the provider determines your location and, based on that, they select the closest server to run the test. This is an accurate way to test your Internet speed, as the closest server available for testing should also be the fastest close to you. Most Internet service providers also have testing tools you can use to more accurately test the speeds you’re getting.
Testing your Internet speeds when not running a VPN will also help you determine if your ISP is throttling your Internet connection.
2. Internet Speed Testing with VPN Running
Things get more complicated when you’re running a VPN on your computer or mobile device. And this is because you’re connected to a VPN server that may be located closer or farther than your actual location. Here’s what typically happens when you test VPN speed online:
- Most Internet speed testing providers have several ways to determine your actual location. Outside of your IP address, they may also use your device’s location (from smartphones and tablets) and location data from your browser (using the HTML5 Geolocation API, for example, available on most modern browsers).
- This means that although you’re connected to a VPN server overseas (as an example), the speed test sees your actual geographical location and still selects a server nearby.
- Thus, the test results are not relevant, as instead of going directly to the testing server nearby, the data goes to the VPN server in the cloud and then back to the nearby testing server, adding more milliseconds to the latency score and cutting down on bandwidth Mbps.
As a result, after you test VPN speed on your device, you may consider that your VPN is not fast enough, although the connection to the VPN server is actually fast.
As mentioned above, any traditional VPN service that only encrypts traffic to protect your online privacy will slow down your Internet connection to a certain degree – this is because it adds encryption to the traffic. Check out your VPN service’s FAQs or Support articles and you’ll most surely find an issue related to speed performance.
However, with certain VPN solutions such as Speedify, this is actually not an issue anymore. This is because of the unique “sauce” that Speedify is made with: the ability to combine multiple Internet connections at the same time.
How Fast Should My VPN Be?
Testing Speedify VPN Internet Speed within the App
Our embedded Internet speed test uses the Speedify VPN servers directly to test the bandwidth and latency of the connection for each adapter you’re using, and then for the combined connection of the 2 or more network adapters. Thus, you’ll get the most relevant results and will be able to select the fastest server that will fit your needs, whether it’s live streaming, eSports / online gaming, day trading, VoIP calls or other bandwidth-intensive activities you need to accomplish.
To illustrate it, we’ve tested Speedify Internet speeds with its embedded tool on a 100 Mbps WiFi connection and a 4G LTE on an Android smartphone. Speedify had all the default settings active and it was connected to one of our VPN servers in the Netherlands. Here’s what we got:
As you can see in the screenshot above, Speedify tests each connection separately – cellular, WiFi – and also as a combined connection. In the test above, Speedify kept the lowest latency of the 2 connections and combined the bandwidth of WiFi with 4G LTE for both download and upload.
Get Speedify now or upgrade to the latest version and see how fast your VPN connection really is! Test VPN speed from within the app!