How accurate is a speed test?
In order to find the fastest VPN on the market, we’ve done some simple speed tests, trying to find out which one is the fastest over a simple, WiFi connection.
The results were somehow mixed, and this shows that the actual speed depends on many variables. A comprehensive test can be done by connecting directly to the ISP, without going through a router/modem (direct wire connection). However, most home users have WiFi networks, so we decided it is better to do a simple test, which can be replicated by any regular user.
With a WiFi router, you’ll have these issues:
- upload speed is bigger than download speed, which seems odd at first, but there’s an explanation for this issue.
- the WiFi network might be overloaded by other devices.
- your Internet speed will loose its original speed on WiFi (a 100Mbps connection might drop to 30Mbps in order to keep all devices at a decent speed).
We’ve decided these conditions are common for 99% of the users, so we began testing.
Speed Test Results
Setup: on a simple, 100Mbps home internet connection, with a WiFi router and the VPN connected to Germany (in case of NordVPN we used a P2P friendly server).
Germany to USA
Germany to Japan
Germany to Italy
Germany to Mexico
A VPN speed is variable and it also depends on your connection. This simple test gives you some pointers, but in the end each user will have different results.
The winner for best speed is ExpressVPN, followed at a short distance by PrivateVPN (which is also cheaper) and in the third place comes NordVPN (P2P friendly server).