VPN Madness

DVDR_Dog

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It seems everyone and their brother is trying to grab the referral fees (or income) for getting you to sign up to a VPN provider.
It's getting out of hand. The latest builds of some anti-virus are including trials or at least installing some otherwise unneeded software in an attempt to sell you on their VPN service. I had a recent install of Kaspersky do just that. Problem was it interfered with my VPN's already existing software and it was a pain to diagnose and straighten out.
As VPN use proliferates it will eventually make them less relevant but that's another discussion.
If your current VPN starts acting funny check your A/V software. I am trying to figure out why an A/V provider thinks it's OK to mess with my network connections and Winsock but that's another discussion.
 

DVDR_Dog

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I use TorGuard. I got an insanely cheap deal from an online forum. It's supposedly one of the fastest providers but doesn't come close to filling my 100 meg fiber line. Speeds are more in line from what I expect at work. Depends on the POP I am using but most are good for maybe 5 meg on a good day. I haven't tried multiple connections with more than one computer, I really don't have a need for that.
I do get plenty of bandwidth to satisfy my viewing needs now that I have cut the cord even though I don't subscribe to any IPTV services.
Edit:
I should add that latency is a big part of total bandwidth. If my POP is halfway across the Earth the fiber run may be as long as a trip to the moon and you need to take things into perspective. Yes the actual signal moves at the speed of light BUT it's the nature of the Internet to route that signal all over the place. So it needs to travel through a whole bunch of "smart" switches not to mention it needs to be received processed and resent in duplex by the POP host. Now TCP/IP requires the receiver to acknowledge it received an intact data packet matching the checksum sent with the packet. This takes time which limits the speed a VPN can deliver and the farther the POP is should result in slower speeds.
You can't go by a typical Internet speed test to judge your POP speed to you. Most use remote test servers as close as possible to your POP. DSL Reports I think still has a test which uses your system as the sender which is a much better true value.
The reason I bring this up is I don't wish to appear I am complaining about TorGuard. They are fine for me so far and their customer service appears great.
 
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