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ExpressVPN Review – Fast, Secure, Reliable, and Feature-Rich

Express VPN Review

This ExpressVPN Review is an update to our original that was published approximately on year ago.  We’re revisiting this ExpressVPN review due to their newly added features and updated geo-blocking circumvention technology.

ExpressVPN is considered the best of the best when it comes to VPN services.  Yes, it’s more expensive than most other VPNs but its faithful users will tell you that you get what you pay for.

In this review, I will be using the most popular streaming device to date which is a Fire TV Stick 4K Max.  I will also cover important features offered on both Windows and Mac systems since most people run a VPN on those devices as well.  Keep in mind that ExpressVPN offers applications for all popular devices such as Fire TV, Android TV, Windows, Mac, Linux, Routers, iOS, Android phones and tablets.

You can find our setup guide for Fire TV Stick/Fire TV and Android TV devices via link below.

ExpressVPN Tutorial for Firestick & Android TV

ExpressVPN Review

This ExpressVPN review will cover its important features and lack thereof.

You may find additional information by exploring further on the ExpressVPN Website via link below.

ExpressVPN Website

160 ExpressVPN Locations

ExpressVPN offers over 160 VPN server locations in 94 countries.

No matter where you are in the world, you will be able to connect to one of their fast VPN servers.

When I say fast, I mean fast!  See my speed tests below.

ExpressVPN Locations

ExpressVPN also offers Virtual Server Locations to ensure a fast, secure, and reliable connection.

When you connect to a virtual location, your traffic will come from an IP address registered in the country of your choice while being routed through a server in a country with a better (faster) connection.

The existence of virtual servers is the main reason why ExpressVPN is one of the fastest VPNs available today.

I put this to the test and did notice faster speeds (compared to other VPNs) when connecting to servers outside of the United States.

Why would you connect to a server outside of your country?  Some people do this to circumvent geo-blocks implemented by popular streaming services such as Netflix.  ExpressVPN is one of the few VPNs that can still unblock popular streaming services that open up additional catalogs of media.  You can literally double your streaming service catalogs in some cases by simply connecting to a VPN server in a different country.

Smart Location

ExpressVPN makes it simple to connect to the VPN by providing Smart Location feature.

ExpressVPN SmartLocation

Smart Location is the recommended server that will provide the best download speeds based on your location.

This is usually going to be the server closest to your physical location.

Yes, you can still choose if you would like to connect to a different VPN server but most people will use the Smart Location setting.

ExpressVPN Kill Switch

ExpressVPN is one of the few services that provide a working kill switch on Fire TV and Android TV systems.  For some reason, getting the kill switch to work properly on these devices is difficult but ExpressVPN has figured out how to do this.

If your ExpressVPN service is ever disconnected, Network Lock will immediately stop traffic from entering or leaving your device for maximum protection.

If you’ve been a TROYPOINT fan for any length of time you know my thoughts on a working kill switch!  What good is a VPN if there’s no kill switch?


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ExpressVPN Kill Switch

The Network Lock Kill Switch is included in Fire TV, Android TV, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and router applications.

Split Tunneling

Split tunneling allows you to deactivate the VPN connection for specific applications that might not play well with ExpressVPN.

This is popular among Firestick and Android TV/Google TV device users.  Some services such as Amazon Prime Video might not work when a VPN is active and split tunneling allows the user to bypass the VPN tunnel for those applications.  By doing this, the VPN doesn’t need to be deactivated on the device whenever that specific app is used.

ExpressVPN Split Tunneling

Split tunneling works in two different ways with ExpressVPN.

  • Split Tunneling: Protect all connected devices or applications except for those specifically excluded.
  • Inverse Split Tunneling:  Protect only selected devices or applications.  Everything else flows outside the VPN.

Thankfully, both Prime Video and Netflix work with ExpressVPN active when connecting through a United States server.  More on that below when we get into circumventing geo-blocking.

New ExpressVPN Threat Manager

Threat Manager is a new feature that’s been implemented since our last review of ExpressVPN.



ExpressVPN Threat Manager

Threat Manager prevents all apps and websites on your device from communicating with a set of third parties known to track activity or engage in malicious behavior. This gives you more control over your online privacy and how your data is being used.

Threat Manager prevents any part of your device from communicating with servers that are listed on ExpressVPN’s “blocklist” of trackers and malicious sites. They update this blocklist regularly with each new app version.

Best In-Class Encryption

Besides hiding your IP address and mixing your traffic with that of other users, ExpressVPN also encrypts your traffic between secure VPN servers and your computer, so that it can’t be read by third parties in between, such as your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or your local Wi-Fi operator.

This is the primary reason why we use a VPN in the first place!

ExpressVPN uses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256-bit keys—also known as AES-256. It’s the same encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government and used by security experts worldwide to protect classified information.

ExpressVPN does a great job of offering access to the most popular VPN protocols available today.

On Fire TV and Android TV/Google TV systems, you will find the following VPN Protocols.

ExpressVPN Firestick/Android TV/Google TV Protocols

  • Automatic: ExpressVPN will automatically pick the protocol most appropriate for your network.
  • Lightway – UDP: ExpressVPN’s next-generation protocol, optimized for speed, security, and reliability.
  • Lightway – TCP: May be slower than Lightway – UDP but connects better on certain networks.
  • OpenVPN – UDP: Good combination of speed and security, but may not work on all networks.
  • OpenVPN – TCP: Likely to function on all types of networks, but might be slower than OpenVPN – UDP.

The Lightway VPN Protocol was developed by ExpressVPN and is touted as the fastest protocol in their arsenal, however that’s not the case for my network.

I get better speeds on all of my devices when connecting to Lightway – TCP so I suggest testing speeds with each protocol on your different devices.

The following information regarding Lightway was pulled directly from the ExpressVPN website.

Built from the ground up by ExpressVPN, Lightway is created for the modern world, forgoing features that are no longer needed from a VPN and implementing those that provide a smooth, secure experience. Establishing a VPN connection might take only a fraction of a second, depending on your network, and you’ll stay connected to the VPN even when your device switches networks. Lightway does the minimum needed to get you connected quickly and securely, so you might even notice less battery usage.

When it comes to security, Lightway uses wolfSSL, whose well-established cryptography library has been extensively vetted by third parties, including against the FIPS 140-2 standard. We’ve published the source code of Lightway on GitHub under an open-source license, ensuring transparency to our users.

In addition to running on the UDP protocol, Lightway also supports TCP, which can be slower than UDP but connects better on certain networks. This allows Lightway to be used in a wide range of scenarios.

It’s important to point out that if you’ve enabled Threat Manager in ExpressVPN, you won’t have access to all supported VPN Protocols.

ExpressVPN VPN Protocols with Threat Manager

One popular new VPN Protocol not supported by ExpressVPN is WireGuard.

ExpressVPN points out a major concern of WireGuard which is to ensure anonymity for VPNs.  ExpressVPN believes that no single user should be statically allocated a single IP Address, neither on a public nor a virtual network.

They will continue to review and audit the WireGuard code.

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TrustedServer Technology

ExpressVPN promotes their TrustedServer Technology that provides key innovations not found in competing VPN services.

ExpressVPN often independently audits their server technology to confirm essential privacy protections.

Here are some important server features offered by ExpressVPN.

  • All data wiped with every reboot, as VPN servers run on RAM only
  • Servers never write to the hard drive, further minimizing data risk
  • The entire software stack is reinstalled on every server at startup
  • We know what’s running on every server, with no inconsistencies

TrustedServer Technology

With TrustedServer, ExpressVPN prevents the operating system and apps from ever writing to the hard drive. Instead, the server is run entirely on volatile memory, or RAM. Since RAM requires power to store data, all information on a server is wiped every time it is powered off and on again—stopping both data and potential intruders from persisting on the machine.

Private DNS on Every Server

ExpressVPN runs its own encrypted DNS on every VPN server.

Here are the benefits of doing this.

  • No activity logs and no connection logs
  • No DNS blocking, filtering, or hijacking
  • Faster DNS queries
  • 256-bit encryption

Most VPN services don’t offer a private DNS system.  And, if you want to use a different DNS provider, you must manually set that up on your device or router.

When you use ExpressVPN, your DNS requests are handled directly by ExpressVPN, with no exposure to third parties. You don’t need to opt in to use ExpressVPN’s private DNS. The ExpressVPN app protects all DNS requests automatically, with the same encryption and tunneling protocols as all your other online activity.

No Activity or Connection Logs

ExpressVPN states the following on their website.

ExpressVPN does NOT and WILL NEVER log

  • IP addresses (source or VPN)
  • Browsing history
  • Traffic destination or metadata
  • DNS queries

Here is what ExpressVPN collects and why

  • Apps and app versions successfully activated
  • Dates (not times) when connected to the VPN service
  • Choice of VPN server location
  • Total amount (in MB) of data transferred per day

According to ExpressVPN, none of the above data enables ExpressVPN or anyone else to match and individual to specific network activity or behavior.  They are unable to answer questions about data that they do not possess.

The reason they collect the data above is for the following reasons

  • To troubleshoot technical issues related to ExpressVPN apps
  • To provide technical support to customers, identify connection problems, and give country-specific advice on how to use our service
  • To enable ExpressVPN engineers to identify and fix network issues

ExpressVPN Based in British Virgin Islands

ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands as their laws afford more privacy and anonymity than U.S. or European law.

Tools

ExpressVPN offers their customers the following handy tools.

IP Address Checker

This is a quick way to determine whether your VPN is assigning a new IP address to you.

DNS Leak Tester

Many VPNs fail to protect DNS queries when the rest of the traffic is protected by the VPN tunnel.  This is called a DNS leak.

This tester will ensure that there are no DNS leaks.

WebRTC Leak Tester

WebRTC uses techniques to discover your IP addresses that are more advanced that those that use standard IP detection.

This WebRTC leak tester will ensure that there are no leaks through the Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) protocol.

Password Generator

ExpressVPN provides a tool that will generate random and strong passwords.

You can then use these strong passwords in any service or app that requires them.

Browser Extensions

ExpressVPN provides browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

ExpressVPN Browser Extensions

The extensions allow you to spoof your location and control the ExpressVPN application within your browser.

I’ve found these extensions extremely handy when browsing the Internet.  If I come across a site that doesn’t work properly with ExpressVPN activated, I can quickly click the extension in the browser and temporarily disable the VPN.

Fortunately, I haven’t come across too many Websites that don’t play well with this popular VPN service which is great to see.

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ExpressVPN Applications

ExpressVPN provides applications for the following systems.

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Chromebook
  • Fire TV Tablet (Kindle Fire)
  • Routers

ExpressVPN Download Speeds

All VPNs reduce download speed due to the encryption being performed and your traffic being tunneled through a secure server.  So, naturally download speed is one of the main features that needs to be examined with any type of VPN.

I will be testing download speeds on my Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Windows 10 PC.

I have 1GB fiber download speed maximum provided by my ISP.

I’m using the Lightway – TCP VPN Protocol on my devices as this is the fastest for me.

When testing wireless speeds, I am connecting to my Asus ROG Rapture WiFi 6 Router (GT-AX11000).

I’m using the TROYPOINT Download Speed Test for the PC testing and Analiti for Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

Fire TV Stick 4K Max Download Speeds

ExpressVPN Download Speed on Firestick

Wireless

Download: 123 Mbps
Upload: 88 Mbps

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Windows 10 PC Download Speeds

ExpressVPN Download Speed on PC

Ethernet

Download: 604 Mbps
Upload: 113 Mbps

Wireless

Download: 264 Mbps
Upload: 109 Mbps

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VPN Speed Test on Windows & Mac Software

ExpressVPN has a speed test built directly into Windows and Mac applications!

Users can access the speed test by clicking the menu icon in the upper left corner of the app.

ExpressVPN Speed Test

You must be disconnected from the VPN app to use this tool.

The speed test tool will examine the VPN servers and list them fastest to slowest for your connection.  You can also filter depending on location you’re looking to connect to.

This is a nice feature to see which servers are currently performing the fastest.

Yes, many times the Smart Location will automatically pick the fastest speed but you may have reasons for connecting to a different location and it’s handy seeing how fast the others are performing.

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New Geo-Block Circumvention Technology

Some people use VPN services to retrieve geo-blocked content.  Example: someone in the United States wants to view the United Kingdom Netflix catalog so they would connect to a United States Server in ExpressVPN to view that catalog.

Many VPN services don’t work with Amazon Prime Video or Netflix.  These two streaming services try to block VPNs so people can’t access content outside of their region.

So, naturally I used both Amazon Prime and Netflix for my testing on a Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

Both worked perfectly well during this test.  The last time that I reviewed ExpressVPN, it was having problems unblocking Netflix but it works now!

I connected to a UK server and was able to watch The Office episodes that aren’t available within the United States catalog.

Unblock Netflix with ExpressVPN

Here are the streaming services that ExpressVPN can unblock which may open up thousands of additional TV episodes, movies, songs, etc.

Netflix, Hulu, BBC, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN, Disney+, FuboTV, ITV, DAZN, HotStar, SKY, Showtime, Apple TV+, Spotify, Hallmark, Sling TV, Discovery+, bein Sports, DirecTV Stream, philo, Pluto TV, Crackle, britbox, Crunchyroll, Viki, STARZ, VUDU, ACORN TV, freevee, and tubi.

ExpressVPN is Real-Debrid Friendly

Many TROYPOINT fans use Real-Debrid, which is an unrestricted downloader that provides access to buffer-free media streams.

Real-Debrid does not work well with all VPN providers but thankfully it is on their Cooperative VPN Providers list.

ExpressVPN Real-Debrid

No Socks5 Proxy Support

ExpressVPN does not provide Socks5 Proxy support.

This technology provides an extra layer of protection for those who download torrents.

This isn’t a deal-breaker for most people because they are now streaming instead of downloading through torrent sites.

Here’s ExpressVPN’s comment about SOCKS5

ExpressVPN does not offer a SOCKS5 proxy on its servers or applications; in fact, it does not make a lot of sense to do so. While both SOCKS5 and a VPN can give you a different IP address to conceal your location and hide your identity, only a VPN offers online security by protecting your data. Your ExpressVPN app routes all traffic from your device through its secure, encrypted tunnel to the VPN server, from where it reaches its final destination.

5 Devices Per Account

ExpressVPN allows customers to use their service on up to 5 different devices at the same time.

It’s important to point out that you can install this on as many devices as you would like but you can only use 5 simultaneous VPN connections at once.

Due to the number of Internet-connected devices that we use on a daily basis, this is definitely a negative in my opinion.

I would like to see this bumped to at least 10 devices per account.

ExpressVPN Aircove Router

One way around ExpressVPN’s 5-device limit is to use their new Aircove Router.  By doing this, any device that connects to this router within your home/business will be protected by ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN Aircove Router

The router counts as only one of your five devices yet there could be dozens of Internet connected devices connected to the Aircove router.

VPN Router Firmware

We don’t see this one quite often or frankly at all from other VPN providers.

ExpressVPN has created their own router firmware that can be installed on specific models indicated on their Website.  This appears to be the same firmware that comes loaded on their new Aircove Router.

ExpressVPN Router Firmware

By doing this, you can protect your entire home network without the need for the VPN app on each device.

Again, as with their Aircove Router, this only counts as one device out of five, yet it will be protecting dozens of devices on your network.  So, if you want to protect more than five devices on your home network, install their firmware on a compatible router!

This is also their solution for protecting devices that they don’t provide applications for such as Roku and game consoles.

We will be providing a tutorial on how to install ExpressVPN on a compatible router in the near future.

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ExpressVPN Pricing

 

ExpressVPN Pricing

As of this ExpressVPN Review new customers can get three months for free if they choose the 12 Months Option at $99.95.

So, you will be billed $99.95 and that will cover you for the first 15 months.  After that, you will be charged $99.95 every 12 months.

You will also see that they have a 1 Month option at $12.95 and 6 Months for $9.99 per month.

ExpressVPN does offer a no-risk 30-day money-back guarantee.

ExpressVPN does cost more than most of its competitors but their faithful users will tell you that, “You get what you pay for.”

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What I Like

  • New: Threat Manager
  • New: Unblocks Netflix & Other Streaming Services Successfully
  • New: Aircove ExpressVPN Router
  • Blazing fast download speeds
  • Lightway VPN Protocol developed by ExpressVPN
  • Uses shared IP addresses for 100% anonymity
  • TrustedServer Technology writes to RAM instead of hard drive
  • Supports all popular devices including Windows, Mac, Firestick, Android TV, phones, tablets, iOS, and more
  • Supports all popular VPN protocols
  • Friendly user interface in all applications
  • Works well with most streaming services
  • Real-Debrid friendly
  • ExpressVPN Router Firmware available
  • Not being prompted with CAPTCHA to verify human interaction
  • ExpressVPN Based in British Virgin Islands

What I Dislike

  • 5 device limit
  • No Socks5 proxy support
  • Expensive

ExpressVPN Review Final Thoughts

There’s no doubt that ExpressVPN is at the top if you’re looking for a secure, fast, and reliable VPN service.

It’s nice seeing a VPN company continually release new features to its users.  ExpressVPN is constantly innovating.

The addition of Threat Manager is a welcome addition along with a new VPN router and new geo-block circumvention technology.

ExpressVPN’s new Aircove Router is a nice addition that allows subscribers to protect unlimited devices within their home or business.  Or, users can install the ExpressVPN router firmware onto an existing router and enjoy the same new technology.

If you’ve had problems with slow download speeds on other VPNs in the past, I would strongly suggest trying ExpressVPN.  If you’re looking for a VPN service to get around various streaming geo-locks, this is great for that as well.

Keep in mind that ExpressVPN offers a no-risk 30-day money-back guarantee so if it doesn’t work properly for you, get a refund and try something else.

For our overall ExpressVPN Review, TROYPOINT has upgraded our rating for this VPN service from 4.5/5 stars to 4.7/5 stars.

 

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Notable Replies

  1. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    I have looked at other VPN services and they look good. I had to go into my IpVanish account and realized I got one of those lifetime memberships they don’t offer anymore. I pay just $58 a year, so there would have to be a tragic change in IPVanish for me to switch. Plus I only get 25mbs so not sure it would make a difference

  2. I have had Express VPN for close to 4 years. I subscribed after they upped the number of simultaneous connections from 3 to 5. It is more expensive than IPVanish but I have concluded it is worth it, as I had plenty of frustration with dropped connections and buffering with IPVanish. You can usually get a special discounted price of 15 months for the cost of 12. Nevertheless, if price is a sticky point, to each his own.

  3. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    After over 6 yrs with IPVanish I cancelled my sub, which ends mid Feb and I’m buying ExpressVPN using this offer right now.

  4. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    Price isn’t an issue , $100, $150 no big deal. I guess I’m one of he few that has never had an issue with IPVanish. Speeds are fie, no buffering, no dropouts. I would like to try some of them but I have yet seen any of them offer an absolutely free trial. No reason to give them anything more than ny email address. I would like to try some for 24hrs and decide, but they all want a CC and I won’t do that unless I actually want the product.

  5. Avatar for T83 T83 says:

    I thought it odd that ip vanish support told me not to use best available for my windows 10 problem!

  6. Hello @T83 I don’t trust those auto-detect best servers options on any of these VPNs. I always do a speed test with different locations and protocols until it is downloading at fastest speeds.

  7. Avatar for T83 T83 says:

    Yes, I’ve watched your videos for a while now and I usually manually scan server near me to find fastest. Thx for replying

  8. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    Went through and changed all the settings in my IPVanish and saw no changes at all. However I only get 25m from my provider. So I think if you had faster speeds but was seeing slower speeds thru your device this would help you get back to what you are paying for. Make sense?

  9. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    I switched from IPV to ExpressVPN and testing all protocols/ports etc. and the same cities as IPV I have had a significant download speed increase. Maybe just good luck, but then a win is a win. I’m one happy camper. All my devices now run Express.

  10. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    I just went thru the video Troy did on speed changes and I changed everything according to him. I have used IPVanish for the past few years. It works well for me. I did not see any change at all in my speeds. Stayed basically the same. If you only get a certain speed from your ISP, how would changing anything in your VPN increase that? I’m assuming that. let’s say, you are supposed to get 500m, but your VPN is slowing you down to 300m. I guess with the changes in your VPN you should be able to tweak it out to get back to 500m but no faster. Am I looking at this wrong?

  11. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    It has to do with the protocols In OpenVPN some IPs do not play well with tcp but do play well with udp and in fact some don’t have the updates to use or allow the wireguard protocol. Also as there are port options some find changing ports improves speed. I can assure you after testing absolutely every combination, in IPV, there are ones that lower speeds and ones that increase them. It all depends a lot on your internet providers infrastructure. Now if you’re getting speeds like 200MBS down and have an Internet Provider who spends a lot of money improving their switches, and equipment as well as their coding then you may not see any changes, or very little. If this is your case then you’re a lucky person.

  12. I understand no one advertises a VPN as much as troypoint without compensation. I even tried express vpn but had nothing but trouble. I had switched because my pia subscription was ending. It was a mistake switching to express vpn, but I will say their customer service tried to resolve the problems … unsucessfully. I had switched because I was also not happy with the speed loses from pia vpn. Express vpn was not an improvement.
    I am now using Nord vpn and am happy with them. My speed loses are minimal and I have had no problems. I am surprised that I rarely hear about Nord on the Troypoint website. Don’t get me wrong, I am a loyal supporter of Troypoint, but sometimes I can’t agree with everything.

  13. @rich5544

    There will be more vpn reviews just wait. The problem now is vpns are a monopoly, the good ones are jacking up their prices.

    Nord is extremely good but it is now more expensive and not in everyone’s budget. I have a topic on vpns but don’t go into prices it’s just a base guideline. The one thing I can’t stress enough is research, depending on where you live try to see if a vpn offers servers closet to you, you will get the best speed that way.

  14. Hello @rich5544 as my email said, we will be reviewing all of the top ranked VPN services within the coming months. Nord is definitely on that list.

  15. Hello @Remy yes you are correct. With only 25 Mbps it is going to be difficult seeing very much change regardless of what protocols or location you use.

  16. That made me wonder so I checked current prices.
    Express VPN $99 / 15 months or $8.26 / month first year
    IPVanish $45 first year or $3.75 / month
    Nord VPN $89 / 2years or $3.71 / month (a longer guaranteed low rate)

    All of these companies have sales for the first year or two. In the past I have been able to negotiate the lower price when the initial term is almost up. So if you want to make a little effort, there are deals out there. If you don’t like the new higher price, negotiate or change companies.

  17. I am not sure where you found your pricing, but check the ones I found today in my other reply.

  18. It doesn’t matter which vpn you are using. You will loose speed with all of them. It is just the cost of rerouting for security. I said in another reply that I switched to Nord VPN. I use their recommended NORDLYNX protocol and for me, I have lost less speed than any other vpn I have tried. And I have tried a few.

  19. @rich5544

    It’s different for Canadian users. It’s 115 for me.

  20. Not sure what 115 means but if it is price, set your vpn to a US address and sign up that way.

  21. @rich5544

    I could do that, but using a Canadian credit card and PayPal will make it so that doesn’t work.

    I would need a us card and a US subscription. It’s not a big deal to me as I have been with nord and a few others for a long time and I negotiate prices with everyone including express pia nord and so on

  22. Avatar for T83 T83 says:

    I have 3 devices on ip vanish. Windows, fire tv, iOS. All three have different settings for max speed

  23. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    Thanks Troy, that does make me feel a little better. Kept thinking I was doing something wrong

  24. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    Never have lost any speed with my IPVanish, so basically you are wrong on some level but not wrong for some.

  25. I have never known ANYONE who did not lose some speed when using a VPN. I think that is probably the biggest complaint about using a VPN. I think you said your download speed is 25Mbs so it may be hard to see the loss. Oh well, guess I know someone now. I wonder if there are others who have never lost any speed.

  26. Have you tried Nords new Nordlynx Protocol? Just curious about what others think.

  27. Avatar for MCat MCat says:
  28. If you only got 20Mbs out of a possible 100Mbs, I would be switching providers, too. I don’t use a firestick, but 85 out of a possible 100Mbs is only a 15% loss. Doesn’t sound bad for a VPN.

  29. Avatar for Remy Remy says:

    I think the speed changes do apply to those who have higher speeds. But for me I’m stuck in the Twilight Zone of download speeds

  30. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    I switched from IPVanish to Express VPN because IPV impacted my download speeds so badly. I tested every single combination and 10 different locations, took me about an hour. When Troy did the ExpressVPN review I bought my own sub. I had been using a friends to test it for a while. With the latest update I ran 3 different speed tests using it and my go to location. Without the VPN on I get 77MBs down connected to my IP in Mexico, with the VPN on and connected to a server in Dallas I got 77MBs down. That’s more than enough for 8K gaming if I had a powerful enough device.

  31. I really like Express. It works so well for me on all of our devices. SS was my #1 for a long time until they won’t address the issue I’m still having. SS updated on my iOS this morning and it takes 3-4 times to connect. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled. Just my personal opinion it seems things have degraded with them. Not sure if it’s due to price and guessing a ton of people are using it. I won’t give up though and will continue to keep trying to use it. I’ll run it until my problem(s) develop and then I switch to Express until the aggravation goes away and try again

    Edit I guess I’m not the only one. This is from SS Discord just now I found

  32. Avatar for AMD237 AMD237 says:

    I think Express is terrific. It is more expensive, so that may draw people away, and also the limited devices is a drawback for that price. I have SS slightly ahead of Express for my faves just because of the extra features, but you can’t go wrong with Express. Great VPN.

  33. I like them both a lot but SS had been giving me a headache as of late. Too many funky things going on and after 3 CS chats, nothing has been done

  34. Avatar for AMD237 AMD237 says:

    SS still working great for me (knock on wood). The only thing that keeps me from extending my SS sub is the Nord situation. Since Nord owns SS, it is a bit concerning that their issue has dragged on this long.

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