Why is vpn so slow?

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  • 1 month ago

    Not all VPNs are slow.

    With normal Internet traffic, when you send something to the Internet your computer simply blast it out there with a destination on it, and leaves it to kind its way to its location. It can go out to dozens of different servers and routers which will each try to send your information towards its destination. Your information by be seen by dozens (to hundreds) of different computers before it finally reaches its destination. (And since there may be more than one router sending the information on, it may actual reach its destination more than once.)

    With a VPN, the computer sends out a single "blanK' request. It makes its way through the Internet like any other packet, only it keeps track of how it gets to its destination. It then sets up the shortest path is finds to the destination, and it forces all your traffic to follow that path. That way none of the computers its goes through will look at it or read it. It becomes "private" and it has its own direct network between the source and the destination. Once the message is complete, that direct link is dissolved.

    Because of that, a VPN can actually be faster than not using a VPN. Businesses will use VPNs to set up links between different sites in the same company. Only those VPNs will be more "permanent". They are not closed down once a message is delivered. They remain open for additional messages.

    If the VPN you are using is slower, it is because whoever you are using has less bandwidth they you would have if you are were not using the VPN. And/or the speed over their network is slower.

    It is "VPN" that is slower. It is the specific VPN service you are using that is slower then your regular Internet service.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    What VPN do you use? Also what server are you connecting to? Most VPNs will tell you the latency of each server, you’d want to connect to the one with the lowest latency.

  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Location of server, encryption, protocols, server load, ISP speed restrictions

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