Depending on the VPN service you use, you will have different flow rates. Usually, when you are logged in, you do not notice any change of your internet connection.
As long as your speed is relatively fast, you should be able to use your programs and browse websites without any problem.
If you need to test the speed of your connection (with Speed Test for example) when using a VPN, you seeiez a slight slowdown of 10% to 30%.
If accustomed your internet speed is fast, then even a reduction of 30 % is not expected to have any impact.
However, other factors may come into play, such as the location of the servers of the VPN, its load (utilization rate) or the protocol used. However, you can change most of these settings, which may already help you to speed up your connection.
Also, remember to close the software not used, or that run in the background, as well as’off the important updates to your operating system, they could be causing the slowdown of your connection.
If your VPN connects too slowly then it could be that it does not function properly. However, thanks to our five tips below you will come to the end of this problem.
In this article, we will take the example of the service NordVPN, one of the best on the market.
1. Change the server.
The server that you choose plays a big role in the speed of your broadband. In the first place, it is necessary to take account of the distance ; the longer the server is close to your location, the faster the connection.
In a second time, it is necessary to consider the load of the server. This data specifies whether numerous or not, are the users of this server. To do this, click on the too points next to the country of your choice, and then click the arrow to display the drop-down menu, all available servers will be listed.
As you can see on our screenshot, there is a load percentage listed next to each server.
If this rate is higher than 70 %, then choose a more low, you will gain speed. It is advisable to select the server the faster (Fastest).
Be aware that it is also possible to choose another region.
Note that for servers only appear if you use NordVpn on your PC or Mac.
2. Use a different protocol.
Look in the advanced settings of NordVPN (Show advanced settings), you will see that it is possible to choose the protocol.
Though you can expect to see the protocols PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP, NordVpn offers both, TCP and UDP.
The default value is UDP, but you can switch to TCP, it could boost your connection speed.
On the main window, at the top, click Settings (Settings), scroll down and select Show advanced settings (Show advanced settings). Finally, click the” I know what I am doing (I know I do), the optional Protocol appears just below.
3. Reboot your devices connected to the internet.
Our third tip is as old as the world : turn off and restart your computer, phone, router and any other device connected to the network (taken CPL, network, Mesh..).
These devices could be causing the slowness of your speed.
Also, if possible, turn off the devices plugged in to the mains and unplug for about 30 seconds, then reconnect and power up again.
4. Turn off your firewall.
Sometimes, a internet speed may be slow due to the firewall. Disable it and see if your connection improves.
However, please do not use a computer (laptop or desktop) that has the firewall has been disabled for a long period of time.
If your router serves as a firewall, so make sure you don’t set unnecessary rules.
Also, consider that it is necessary to replace your router, to do this contact your internet service provider.
5. Last resort.
If our 4 tips above has not borne fruit, then put all updated (the operating system, the BIOS of your motherboard, network drivers (Ethernet and Wi‑Fi), the firmware of your router and your smartphone/tablet.