The Fastest VPN Of 2014

The Fastest VPN Of 2013

In A Nutshell

In my tests  Private Internet Access was the fastest from the Netherlands and Canada. IPVanish was the fastest in England and Japan. PureVPN was the fastest in Germany and Ohio. iVPN and HMA (Hide My Ass) posted good numbers across the board.

The Details

Which VPN service is the fastest? There are also several factors that make a VPN seem fast:

  • Latency — the time between requesting a piece of data and receiving it
  • Download Speed — e.g. when downloading a large file, how many Mbps (megabits per second) are you getting?
  • Upload Speed — e.g. when uploading a large file, how many Mbps (megabits per second) are you getting?

For most people, it’s the latency that makes an internet connection seem slow or fast. If the VPN server you are using is on the other side the world, you can expect a high latency. This means web pages will load slower, and any other internet activity will seem sluggish because each connection involves a short lag. So it might be useful to check my list VPN listed by world-region here: The Best VPNs Of 2014.

However, if you are streaming videos or download large files on a daily basis, the Download Speed may be more important to you. Also, the speed of your VPN connection depends on the number of people using the same VPN server. A VPN provider may have a connection with a capacity of 10 Mbps (megabits per second), but you may only get a fraction of that capacity, because there are many other customers using the same server.

For this test, I drew from my list of best VPN services, and tested those that are known for their speed:

I hope to test other VPN providers in the coming months. If you’d like to nominate a VPN you think is particularly fast, let me know.

All these tests were completed using the Comcast Speed Test and connecting to a server is San Jose, California. The VPN client was Tunnelblick (an OpenVPN client) on a Mac Mini, using a test computer in Virginia during the afternoon. Below are the results, with yellow indicating the best score for that criteria. Where there was a clear winner for that location, we marked the VPN provider in orange.

Table of VPN Speeds, Comparing Fastest

Looking at these results, we can see that Private Internet Access was the fastest from the Netherlands and Canada. IPVanish was the fastest in England and Japan. PureVPN was the fastest in Germany and Ohio. iVPN and HMA (Hide My Ass) failed be the fastest at any location, but posted good numbers across the board.

You can read my full reviews of these VPN providers in my article The Best VPN Services.

Comments

  1. GreyOne says

    Here are some stats for VPN4All:

    Canada: 113 ms (ping), 13.57 Mbps (download), 4.42 Mbps (upload)
    The Netherlands: 267 ms (ping), 7.53 Mbps (download), 3.69 Mbps (upload)
    Texas: 160 ms (ping), 14.33 Mbps (download), 4.39 Mbps (upload)

    • deloppoled says

      I was ‘blessed’ with a ‘free’ VyprVPN as a ‘free’ addon to my GigaNews Diamond account which I paid a fortune for. I can tell you that VyprVPN was the slowest of the four different services that I’ve tried. In fact, VyprVPN was one of the main reasons that I dropped GigaNews because for the amount that I was paying GigaNews for Usenet per month they should have provided a decent VPN and VyprVPN was anything but. I am now using another Usernet provider and Private Internet Access VPN service and could not be happier.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>