Over the coming weeks we are going to take a closer look at a number of VPN providers around the world. Sure, there are literally thousands of reviews all over the internet but beware, most of these are sponsored by the very same VPN companies that rank highest.
My first candidate is Proxy.sh (testing from the U.S.)
Let’s have a quick look at what they promise:
- 52 Countries, 300+ Locations
- No Logs
- Strong Encryption
- Support for TOR, ECC, XOR
- Multi-Hop Technology
- Transparency Report & Warrant Canary
- Open Source Software for Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
- Literally 100 ways to pay them (Bitcoin, CC, Bank Transfer, Paypal, …)
- Plans starting at $5 / month
I’m not going to comment on these as it’s usually difficult to verify whether a provider sticks to it’s policies though I’ve found that Proxy.sh does a pretty good job. One thing we can verify is the overall speed of a VPN provider. Let’s have a look at how Proxy.sh performs.
Here’s how I’ve run these tests:
- Our location is Ashburn, Virginia (AWS)
- All tests were run against the same Speedtest.net host in Ashburn
- I’ve run all tests around midnight, local time
- I’m using the official Proxy.sh VPN client on a Windows host
- The connection is established using OpenVPN (TCP 110 RSA)
- We establish a connection to the individual ‘Hubs’, not a specific VPN server*
I leave it up to Proxy.sh to connect to the fastest server (it doesn’t appear to work as well as it should. Power users should pick a specific VPN server).
The connection speed without VPN is on average 477 Mbps DOWN, 631 Mbps UP with 1ms Ping. I’ve run 3 tests to get this average.
Location: U.S. Arizona Hub
36.93 Mbps DOWN 7.55 Mbps UP 15 ms
Location: U.S. California Hub
5.31 Mbps DOWN 0.94 Mbps UP 133 ms
Location: U.S. Florida Hub
11.80 Mbps DOWN 2.94 Mbps UP 55 ms
Location: U.S. New York Hub
11.80 Mbps DOWN 2.3 Mbps UP 56 ms
Location: U.S. Washington Hub
4.04 Mbps DOWN 0.83 Mbps UP 170 ms
Location: Germany Hub
19.67 Mbps DOWN 0.61 Mbps UP 199 ms
Location: United Kingdom
3.59 Mbps DOWN 0.84 Mbps UP 151 ms
The speeds aren’t something to brag about and I will probably run these tests again in a couple of days just to be sure. Still, Proxy.sh is a good VPN provider with a solid feature set that only few can match. Their support is quite responsive, the connection usually stays up for days and very few VPN providers push transparency as far.
Next test: OVPN.se (coming soon)