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Posted on April 23, 2013 @ 11:40 pm - Tag : how-to

You might say that a how to is no longer needed to test your download speed since using speedtest.net is very easy. Just open the website and click away! Well, that is correct but most people are doing it all wrong when comparing their normal internet connection and their VPN connection using speedtest.net.

You see when you are comparing things you need to compare apples to apples and not cows to apples.

Normally people would compare their download speed using the steps below:

  1. Open speedtest.net on browser to test their normal internet connection download speed.
  2. Connect to VPN server
  3. Refresh the speedtest.net page(some users are not even refreshing the page) and run the test again
Well that is not correct since your first result is definitely going to be faster than your VPN download speed. The reason for that is on your first test you are downloading a file that is probably (99%) locally hosted in your country and on your second test it is farther away from you and probably from a different country. Of course the locally hosted file will be faster since it will only be a few miles away from your location. Testing your local download speed is really useless since most of the files we download and websites we visit are hosted farther than those locally hosted files.

To fairly compare your VPN download speed you need to download the same file or at least they must be at least close enough. Your new steps should be like this:

  1. Connect to VPN server
  2. Open speedtest.net on browser to test your VPN download speed.
  3. Disconnect VPN
  4. Do not refresh the page and just run the test again
That way you are downloading the same file. With this you are now testing your real download speed and the download speed of your VPN. If your VPN download speed is more than 10% slower than your normal internet connection then there is probably something wrong with the VPN server.

1 Comment

joshuakariuki : Posted on April 23, 2013 @ 11:54 pm
Never knew that... mine is doing good. Download is 2.11Mbps with VPN Upload is 1.99Mbps With VPN So well i prefer VPN on rather than normal.. same.
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