We followed some rules when testing the speeds of all VPN providers, in order to give fair reviews to our readers.
1. The location of the server we chose was always Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. It wouldn’t be fair to test one provider in one country and other providers in different countries just because it’s faster for them. This way, all the providers are treated equally, the distance from their servers to us is the same for all of them. That was the chosen location because it’s considered a torrent-friendly country and, because of that, many VPN providers have several optimized P2P servers there.
2. The protocol we used for these tests was always OpenVPN UDP. As we mentioned a few times, it’s the most secure and the only one that we consider unbreakable. Other protocols (like L2TP) may be a little bit faster, but it’s not worth to sacrifice security over a speed difference that is hardly noticeable.
3. The website used to perform the speed tests was beta.speedtest.com, by Ookla. They are also the creators of speedtest.com, which is very popular, but it’s not very reliable because it uses Adobe Flash to perform the tests. Finally, they evolved and they are testing their HTML5 version, which works great.
4. Regarding the torrent tests, the BitTorrent client used was always qBitTorrent, our favorite client. Why? Many reasons: It’s very light, doesn’t consume many resources, it’s completely open source, it has all the main options and there are no ads.
5. The torrents used for these tests were downloaded from bt.etree.org, which is a community that shares live concerts of artists who allow that they work is shared.
And we downloaded exactly the same files with every VPN provider, in order to have a similar number of Seeders and Peers for all VPNs in each test.