What we do differently
Finding an accurate VPN speed comparison is not easy – believe us, we tried. The hardest thing is to find results that are up to date and based on a good methodology. Most VPN speed benchmarks are way too general. VPN providers scale and update their infrastructure all the time, creating discrepancies from country to country and causing significant variations depending on the location of the tester and the time of the test. What we’re saying is, decisions made based on a year-old Reddit post are not likely to be the most accurate.
But we have a solution. Our lead developers have been working with data scientists to prepare a VPN speed test methodology that will provide you with the most independent and relevant results possible. The result of this data-driven approach is this automated testing tool that will help you choose the most high-speed VPN for your situation.
Here at VPNpro, we try to make speed testing relevant to people using the internet under very different circumstances. To do so:
Here’s why the VPN speed comparisons you see online are rarely relevant
Firstly, the speed test results in online articles usually present a single moment in time – a single speed reading from a single location and during a specific time. VPN speeds may vary significantly due to the:
Finally, don’t forget that using a VPN is not going to increase your internet download and upload speeds. The speed test results you see in reviews and elsewhere were not completed using your connection.
Our main goal is to provide results based on automatic and comparable measurements that can bereproduced by regular users.
Therefore, we exclude results that could be influenced by the:
We measure VPN speed where our probes are deployed between data centers. We do this while connected to a selected VPN server and a target server within the same country. Our approach is to use a precise algorithm that takes each VPN provider’s OVPN configuration file (where available) and uses real account credentials.
To ensure that we exclude any network or other technical anomalies that can influence any single measurement result, and we run tests for each country and each provider several times a day. This allows us to average out the results and give you comparable data on how providers perform.
VPN providers usually have multiple VPN servers per country, which is why we always use more than one server for our tests– any specific server may be under more load at the time of testing, which can skew the results.
Some providers (e.g. NordVPN) have a command-line interface (CLI), which provides the recommended server – we use this feature where possible. It helps the user get the best possible experience without having to manually search ant test each separate server. Providers constantly upgrade their infrastructure and move VPN servers around, but we have a sophisticated monitoring measures implemented, which helps us react to any unusual metrics and provide you with the best data possible.
We still have many ideas on how to improve this speed test tool and provide you with even better results – this is the beta version. If you have any requests on the type of information you would find useful, or suggestions for improving the tool, please do not hesitate to contact us.