One of the oldest players in the field is RapidVPN, since 2007. The well-established UK-based provider is known for delivering reliable and high speeds despite its small network of servers. However, the fact that those servers are hosted on and powered by dedicated servers is where they stand out.
To maintain high speeds, security and encryption aren’t a top priority for. The company relies on 128-bit encryption and is very flexible with security protocols supporting OpenVPN (with 16 different ports for UDP and TCP), L2TP, SSTP, Softether, and PPTP. Softether and SSTP are excellent if you want to get access to restricted content in notorious regions like China and Turkey. There’s also a kill switch included in supported apps.
With unlimited bandwidth, you shouldn’t face any issues with streaming knowing that RapidVPN can get you access to popular streaming services including Netflix and BBC iPlayer. P2P and torrents are also allowed but only on 3 servers (Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden).
On the downside, RapidVPN offers only 2 simultaneous connections and provides native apps for Windows and Android. However, it can be manually setup to run on other platforms and devices such as Mac OS, iOS, Linux, and routers.
Prices are on the average scale and there are plenty of payment methods accepted by RapidVPN including Bitcoin. There’s also money-back guarantee offered, and if you have any questions, you can reach RapidVPN via email or live chat.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
RapidVPN has 19 servers in 8 countries and 6,500 IP addresses.
As previously mentioned, RapidVPN has software clients for Windows and Android. There still are no apps for Mac OS, iOS and Linux, but the company hopes to produce those soon. We took RapidVPN’s Windows client for a quick spin to see how well it performs. The installation process is very simple and took about a minute to fully setup the app on our system. Once installed, the app automatically opens to the main window. The interface is intuitive; it’s very clear and basic with no animations or special features. You can easily scroll through the servers and adjust the app settings from the “Settings” tab at the top of the main window as you prefer.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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