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If you are running into slow VPN speed on an otherwise fast Internet connection, it can sometimes be tricky to fix. But before you call for help, try looking into the following possible problems:
The most common factor that causes VPN speed problems is a slow internet connection.Your VPN should not run much slower than your regular speed when you are disconnected from the VPN, but it cannot run faster than your ISP speed. If your base ISP speed is fine, check what server you are connected to. If the server you chose is very far from your location, speeds will be slower. Select the server that your VPN recommends to get faster speeds.
If you are using Wi-Fi, make sure that the signal strength is good and free of interference. VPNs work better when plugged in directly via Ethernet, so try this and check to see if your speed improves. If you are suing a cellular or satellite connection, these can be high latency connections. Try performing traceroutes to the website you are trying to reach (with VPN on and off) to see if that is where the congestion is. You can also try a network diagnostic tool to help you find the problem.
It could also be a DNS problem. While connected to the VPN, go to facebook.com and see how long it takes to load. Then go to http://188.8.131.52/ (goes to facebook.com) and compare. If the IP loads faster, then try changing your DNS. Another possibility is your MTU, especially if you suspect your ISP is interfering with your connection.
Outdated software can slow you down.
If you have been using the same software for quite a while, check if you need a software update.
Running multiple devices on VPN at the same timeYou can try using a different router or a VPN accelerator if you run your VPN on more than one device. A more powerful router can give you better speed throughput. A VPN accelerator managing the VPN part of the network for the router eases load off the router. This will give you speeds comparable to running the VPN directly on your computer.
It can be tricky and very time-consuming to troubleshoot connection issues, so if you’re still having problems, you might want to contact customer support or switch to a provider that can put things in order right quick. ExpressVPN is known for its prompt and knowledgeable support team and its dedication to improving services to meet customer needs.