This tutorial will show you how to improve VPN speed on any device.
There are many reasons why your VPN speed may be suffering. This tutorial will examine multiple problems that you can look for. Prior to diving into the tutorial, it is important for you to know how a VPN functions so you understand some of the remedies outlined below.
When we connect to the Internet through a VPN, we are first establishing a secure connection to the provider’s server. This is our Internet connection is assigned a new IP address and data is encrypted. By doing this, it decreases our Internet connection naturally.
Also, running a VPN on your device requires processing power which could also diminish your download speed as well. With that being said, you will usually see much better speeds on an Amazon Fire TV than you would on an Amazon Fire TV Stick when connected to a VPN. The Fire TV has a much better processor than the Firestick which results in better download speeds. Also, if you want to install a VPN on a router, you will need a high-quality router that provides plenty of processing power to run the VPN.
How To Improve VPN Speed Steps
1 Check Internet Speed With VPN Disconnected & Connected
Before you start troubleshooting any possible VPN speed problems, it is important to first set a benchmark so we have something to compare. You should first perform a download speed test on your device with the VPN disconnected. Then, connect to your VPN and initiate another speed test. What is the difference in your download speed? Keep in mind that we will always have some sort of VPN speed decrease due to the factors that I mentioned above. Also, most experts assert that you can stream HD quality media with speeds of 7-10 Mbps just fine. If you see a huge decrease after performing this comparison, proceed to the steps below.
Note: If testing your Internet download speed on a computer, I suggest using the Website Speedtest.net. I have also developed a tutorial on how to test download speed on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Android TV Box users should be able to install the Speedtest.net application through the Google Play Store.
2 Restart Your Device
The first remedy I always suggest for anything computer-related is to restart your device. It amazes me at how this solves so many problems with computers and media streaming devices.
3 Restart Your Wireless Router & Modem
Another solution is to restart your wireless router and Internet modem. When doing this, I suggest unplugging both devices from the power outlet, let them sit for one minute and then plug back in. You usually want to first plug your modem back in and once that has started, plug your wireless router back in.
4 Change VPN Internet Protocol
Most VPN services come with a protocol that can be changed in the settings panel of the application. The choice will be either UDP or TCP. From my experiences, you will gain a VPN speed increase by using UDP. Try switching this option within the settings of your VPN app and perform another speed test.
5 Connect To VPN Server Close To Your Location
It only makes sense that connecting to a VPN server closer to your location will provide faster download speeds since there is less distance for the data to travel. Most VPN applications come with an auto-connect button that attempts to connect to the fastest server. I have found that this approach does not work well for most VPN services.
I suggest manually connecting to a server within your VPN connection panel that is close to where you are currently located. Each location will also provide multiple servers to choose from and it is a good idea to perform a speed test on each until you find one that you are satisfied with.
If using IPVanish VPN, you will find a trick that I discovered in the video tutorial below. In this guide, I connect to a server closest to my location and one with high capacity.
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