We have already seen the factors that making your VPN connection slow in an earlier post. Now the question is, how to increase VPN speed and make the connection faster? To be entirely honest, there is no magic wand that can make VPN connection faster. However, some basic steps can help you to get closer to this goal.
How to Increase VPN Speed: At a Glance
Steps to Increase VPN Speed
Change VPN Server
Improves ping time with destination server
Change Protocol from UDP to TCP
Helps in faster and more reliable data transfer in some situations
Change VPN Protocol
Switch to low encryption protocols for best streaming speeds
Add your VPN client as a trusted application
sometimes helps to clear congested networks
Steps to Increase VPN Speed
These are a few things we can do from our end to make our VPN connection faster. Let's see them in detail. Sometimes, you might need multiple combinations of these to boost your VPN speed.
1. Change VPN Server Location
Changing VPN server can occasionally move you from a slow to a faster VPN server. If your VPN service allows changing servers, this is the first workaround you should try to increase your VPN speed.
Select a VPN server location that has the lowest ping to you. Low ping times are a good indication of better response time. However, if you intend to do location specific tasks with a VPN, then your options are limited here. This step improves your chances of connecting to a faster VPN server if location is not your primary concern.
2. Change Internet Protocol UDP to TCP
Most VPNs use UDP (User Datagram Protocol) by default. In Practice, UDP traffic is faster than TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). However, on a congested network, it has the lowest priority and can easily get lost during delivery on congested networks.
Compared to UDP, TCP pushes through and makes an effort to carry our data with more reliability, giving the appearance of better speeds over UDP. Use TCP if you are on a congested network.
3. Check Firewall and Antivirus Settings
Some security software and firewalls restrict connections from certain applications. At times, they do not stop the connection entirely but start filter unknown traffic. These applications can interfere with our VPN.
Aggressive traffic monitoring can cause your VPN to compete with the firewall for Internet access. However, at Tom's VPN, we do not recommend you to turn off security software at any cost. Doing so will expose you to known risks of the Internet.
A better approach in resolving this issue is to add your VPN Client as a trusted application in your security software. In this way, you can increase VPN speed and keep your system safe from online threats at the same time.
4. Change VPN Protocol
Changing VPN protocol should not be your first go-to option. At Tom's VPN, we strongly recommend OpenVPN for a variety of security reasons. However, if you are in a situation where tunneling is more important than security, you can consider switching to IPSec which is faster but less secure.
Another option if anonymity and online privacy are not your top priority, is to use PPTP (Point-to-Point Transfer Protocol). PPTP is best for streaming videos and playing online games. Unlike L2TP/IPSec, which offers slightly reduced security, PPTP has absolutely no security. Hence, for geo-unblocking needs alone, use PPTP protocol. This method is tested and confirmed to increase VPN speed.
5. Restart Your Router
This is the step which can upset everyone in your house, so be careful about this. However, a router restart becomes imminent once your router starts experiencing congestion.
Congestion can happen often when using BitTorrent protocol a lot. The reason for this kind of congestion is that BitTorrent does not follow fair queuing. Also, a poor torrent client can open multiple connections and overwhelm your router. This can cause slow Internet speeds and also slow VPN speed.
We hope that now you have a better idea of what can make your VPN connections slow and what can be done to increase VPN speed. However, if your VPN is still slow after trying all of the above, maybe you should consider using other VPN service.
Additionally, you can let us know in the comments section below and we will try to provide you with our assistance and expertise in troubleshooting your slow VPN speed.
Keep tunneling, because privacy is not optional. It is a necessity.
Do you follow any additional steps to increase your VPN Speed? Have you noticed anything in particular that makes your VPN faster? Let us know in the comments section below.