Welcome back to speed testing. Due to unexpected events I have been very busy recently and have not had any time for VPN testing. Speed testing is back and ExpressVPN is back too!
Last night I decided to buy a one year subscription for ExpressVPN. During the previous speed tests I was using a free 1-month test account given to me for the purposes of writing a review for this website. Despite the high cost for average download speeds I decided to pay $100 of my own money for ExpressVPN because of one server and it's extremely low latency. I am talking about the "Hong Kong 3" server. So far I have not been able to find anything else to match the latency of this Hong Kong 3 server and I was starting to miss the fast web browsing experience that comes with this low latency. I am using it on my router as well now and it's working quite well. I still think VPN.AC is the best deal available but if you are willing to pay for 2 VPNs then ExpressVPN is highly recommended (especially if you are using iOS). Remember that VPN.AC has a 7 day money back guarantee and ExpressVPN has a very generous 30 day money back guarantee so you can try both of these great VPN services risk free for 7 days and 30 days respectively. Check this page for the latest VPN promotions and discounts.
Today I am going to test the ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 server and then try to find a server on VPN.AC or VyprVPN that can match the low latency. I am testing latency in 3 ways.
1. As measured by speedtest.dslreports.com. There is no test server in Hong Kong, the latency results are from Taiwan, Singapore, and Tokyo. I will record the lowest of the three.
2. Ping www.google.com. Command prompt ping command, record average ping time.
3. Ping www.baidu.com. Command prompt ping command, record average ping time.
|Server||DL Speed (Mb/s)||UL Speed (Mb/s)||Speed Test Latency (ms)||Google ping (ms)||Baidu ping (ms)|
|ExpressVPN - Hong Kong 3||15.16||3.17||46||18||20|
|VPN.AC China Users Hong Kong 1 - OpenVPN ECC UDP (UDP)||9.21||3.25||212||433||380|
|VPN.AC China Users Hong Kong 1 - PPTP||19.08||3.97||201||230||245|
|VPN.AC China Users Hong Kong 1 - L2TP/IPSec||5.9||4.11||233||283||242|
|VPN.AC China Users Hong Kong 3 - PPTP||0.283||0.759||312||359||n/a|
|VPN.AC China Users Sinagpore - PPTP||1.46||0.844||242||384||327|
|VPN.AC China Users Hong Kong PPTP Only||14.06||4||209||291||244|
|VPN.AC Secure.Proxy Tokyo||21.5||4.82||57||n/a||n/a|
|VPN.AC Secure.Proxy Tokyo||21.92||4.44||56||n/a||n/a|
Latency (lower is better)
Below are the details of the tests. VyprVPN was not included in the results due to the reasons shown below.
Hong Kong 3 - OpenVPN (UDP)
ping www.google.com - average 18ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 20ms
China Users Hong Kong 1 - OpenVPN ECC (UDP)
ping www.google.com - average 433ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 380ms
China Users Hong Kong 1 - PPTP
ping www.google.com - average 230ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 245ms
China Users Hong Kong 1 - L2TP/IPSec
ping www.google.com - average 283ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 242ms
ping www.google.com - average 359ms
ping www.baidu.com - "ping could not find the host www.baidu.com"
China Users Sinagpore - PPTP
ping www.google.com - average 384ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 327ms
China Users Hong Kong PPTP Only
ping www.google.com - average 291ms
ping www.baidu.com - average 244ms
VPN.AC Secure.Proxy Tokyo 3
VyprVPN by Golden Frog
Now I will try to find the best latency servers from VyprVPN. As VyprVPN software has the capability to test ping time I will not need to test so many servers. I will just try the ones with a good ping time (Hong Kong and Taiwan).
I am having trouble uploading when using VyprVPN so I will not include the results from VyprVPN for this test today. I am have tried Chameleon 256, L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP on several server locations and every time the speed test upload test fails and I cannot get the results to post here. Actual uploads are also failing such as trying to upload images to this website. I have tried disabling the NAT firewall, disabling my Windows firewall and antivirus. The problem still persists. I have sent an email to VyprVPN support and will wait for their answer.
When using any server of VyprVPN the upload will either timeout and fail or it will be very slow and when I try to click "Results + Share" I get an error message "something went wrong - results were not posted."