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Slow internet with VPN: myth or reality? | Digital Trends Spanish

A constant and persistent question – which became a genuine concern for many years was: does the slow internet with VPN? While it is impossible to generalize and clearly state that all virtual private networks follow a certain code, these days it is considered socially unacceptable for a VPN to significantly slow down speeds.

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Fortunately, there have been improvements in the VPN niche in terms of user experience and functionality. Customers have many options these days, with major brands vying for space within the industry to claim a group of consumers as their own.

This drives innovation and the acceptable industry standard becomes higher, which is great for customers. However, if you are wondering which VPN is the best for you, we reviewed and tested some of the most popular ones for your convenience. Check out our results below.

Obviously, you will get small differences, but in general, your internet will remain the same, whether you are connected or not. Some of the best VPN services may even bypass the malicious throttling practices of your internet service provider (ISP) and increase your speeds!

What is the fastest VPN?

Before starting our test, we had to find out what our base internet connection speed was without any VPN installed. This would be our control group and the standard we adhere to.

We ran these internet speed tests from Seoul, South Korea, and it is true that internet coverage here is much faster than, say, in rural Idaho.

This is important to keep in mind when reading this article: If you are in an area with a poor internet connection and coverage, or have an ISP actively reducing your speeds, you will get very different results.

Above is our base internet speed, with a ping of 5 ms, download speed of 64.66 Mbps and upload speed of 55.97 Mbps. From here, we will run tests to see if NordVPN, ExpressVPN and SurfShark reduce our speeds, and we will compare and we will contrast these premium services with the free ProtonVPN plan.


NordVPN digital trend test

First it was NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN services in the world today. We did an initial visual test and loaded up some Netflix pages, videos, and shows, and we can confidently say that we didn’t notice an initial speed reduction.

We connected to NordVPN’s Seoul server and got a 7ms ping, 61.19 Mbps download, and 25.10 Mbps upload speed. The most noticeable difference was upload speed, of course, and that will always decrease when you connect. to a VPN.

Unless you have a VPN with a special P2P (point-to-point) server configuration, it will be extremely difficult to achieve the same upload speed that you would have when you are not connected. Overall, though, we were very much very happy with the speeds when connecting to NordVPN.



Digital Trends ExpressVPN Trial

ExpressVPN has a server in Seoul, but for some reason it couldn’t connect to the speed test service. We were getting faulty results when we ran the tests, no matter what website we were on.

Therefore, we connect to the next closest server: Tokyo. That’s why we got a 56ms ping, but download and upload speeds weren’t significantly affected at 35.59Mbps and 24.37Mbps, respectively.

An interesting thing to note is that ExpressVPN changed our Wi-Fi connection to a local area network connection. This may have influenced why the tests were biased, and if we could retest with ExpressVPN’s servers in Seoul, we expect to see much faster speeds.

However, in the initial visual test, we did not notice any significant speed reduction.



Digital Trends Surfshark test

The Surfshark test showed very surprising results. When we loaded Netflix websites, videos, and shows, we didn’t see any speed reductions (if there were any, it was minimal at best).

However, when we started the internet speed test, we saw shocking results with a 345 ms ping, 26.77 Mbps download, and 8.19 Mbps upload speed.

Again, for US or European users, the results can be much better, as Surfshark has much more focused operations on the western side of the world.

However, for citizens of other countries who depend on VPNs for a stable connection, these results can be a bit worrisome.



Digital Trends ProtonVPN test

Now what everyone was waiting for: ProtonVPN’s free data subscription. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found when we tried this service. Due to the limitations of the free service, ProtonVPN has no server in South Korea, so we had to connect to the closest one in Japan.

Of course, our ping suffered a bit due to the change in geographic location, but not much. We have a ping of 56 ms, 29.73 Mbps download and 14.73 Mbps upload. That’s amazing for a free VPN with unlimited bandwidth, and we highly recommend that those who want a reliable VPN give ProtonVPN a try.

If you’re wondering if free VPNs are safe, then that, unfortunately, depends on which company you go with. At Digital Trends, however, we examine every product we mention and can guarantee the validity of each one.


Do free VPNs slow down speeds?

Free VPNs are more likely to slow down speeds than premium ones simply due to the fact that you are not a paying customer. There aren’t many free VPNs that are worth your time, but we’ve gone through them all to compile a list of some of the best.

For this article, we tested some paid VPN subscription plans to compare and contrast internet speeds and determine which one is the best for you. It’s important to note that for free VPN plans, you may be living in a country that doesn’t have a VPN server (which is what happened to us while we were testing it). In that case, you will be connected to the closest server.

A free VPN that we have come to appreciate is ProtonVPN. The great thing about this service is that, it doesn’t matter if you are a paying customer or not, you have unlimited bandwidth. While the free version understandably comes with fewer features than the paid one, we’re sure a lot of people can forgive that in favor of free data.

In the near future, we will compare and contrast premium VPNs with ProtonVPN to see the difference in internet speeds.

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