In order to finish up our VPN review of VyprVPN we wanted to add an In Depth Review and Speed Test of their OpenVPN service. Previously we gave you a look at their PPTP and L2TP service. This time we will focus on their OpenVPN service which includes both a 160bit (fastest) and 256bit (best encryption) option. If you haven’t already read the previous in depth VPN review and speed test, we encourage you to do so. We will skip over a lot of the basics here, and focus only on the OpenVPN service from VyprVPN.
VyprVPN utilizes the standard OpenVPN GUI for their service, which is great for users already familiar with that wonderful piece of free software. The VyprVPN website includes a detailed instruction manual with installation walk through in case you are unfamiliar with the OpenVPN software. We had no problems following the directions and getting OpenVPN up and running on the first try. As we mentioned above, VyprVPN offers a 160bit and 256bit OpenVPN service. As a customer you are free to choose either set of config files, or use both. Our recommendation would be to go ahead and install both sets of config files. That way you get the flexibility to choose as needed, and each option will show up in your OpenVPN GUI.
Both 160bit and 256bit provide a set of config files for servers in the EU, Hong Kong, UK, and the US. The US servers are named US1 and US2, for west and east coast respectively. Remember, you can have as many config files as you want with OpenVPN GUI, so don’t hesitate to add them all for both 160bit and 256bit. Do it once, forget about it, and the option will always be there for you later.
The web control panel for VyprVPN (shown below) provides links to the OpenVPN installer, VyprVPN config files, and the instructions for setup.
Once you install the OpenVPN GUI, and move the config files into the \Config directory for OpenVPN, you will see the servers listed in the GUI. Remember, this is the standard OpenVPN GUI, so what you get is an icon in your system tray. Right click that icon to see the server options. Note that in the below image, only a few of the servers are shown for the 256bit (best encryption) offering.
For our speed test, our US based east coast editor utilized our standard SpeedTest.net methodology. For more info on how we conduct the speed tests using SpeedTest.net, please read our learn page. The testers internet connection is a standard cable modem with maximum download of 30mbps, and maximum upload of 3mbps. This means anything near 3750 KB/s is basically maxing his download, and anything near 375KB/s is maxing his upload. If you are unfamiliar on the difference between Megabits per second (Mbps) and Kilobytes per second (KB/s), have a look at our learn page. The tests were conducted on a friday night, around 10:00pm eastern standard time. All tests were conducted within this block of time, from the same computer. We knew this would give us a good look at how the network was performing under load, considering that Friday night is a high traffic time all over the net.
Alright, enough with the pleasantries, how did the OpenVPN servers perform? First up, the results for 160bit.
Selected SpeedTest.net Results for 160bit:
Can you say fast? VyprVPN sure can! Download speeds for 160bit are extremely high across the board with the obvious exception of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is, of course, the slowest. Since our connection was being routed halfway across the world to get there, this makes sense. VyprVPN has a HK option primarily for customers located in and around that region. US02, which is the east coast location for VyprVPN, is the fastest in our test. This makes sense considering our tester is located in that area. Still, speeds through the west coast (US2) are really high as well. The speeds from EU and UK are nothing to scoff at either! Pulling download speeds like this from VyprVPN really made our jaws drop considering the fact that VyprVPN is a relatively new player to VPN service, and they don’t have that many servers. The other thing that really knocked our socks off was the complete protection offered in the 160bit option. It’s actually 2048bit on the control channel, 128bit Blowfish on the data channel, and 160bit SHA for HMAC. The option gets it’s name from the HMAC encryption level, not the data channel, obviously. If all of that went over your head, not to worry, our learn page will clear things up. Basically, as a complete package, that’s a damn good level of security. To be honest, it is as good, if not better than some other providers main offering! To say that we were pleased with the speed results from 160bit is an understatement. Excluding Hong Kong, the average download speed from 160bit was over 1400KB/sec – that’s over 11Mbps!
Second up, the results for 256bit.
Selected SpeedTest.net Results for 256bit:
We were expecting a speed decrease, but to be honest, we though it would be much more significant than what our tests showed. Another big plus for VyprVPN, even their 256bit offering is hauling ass! To see speeds in excess of 1100 and 1200KB/sec from UK and EU was extremely impressive. Speeds from the US servers were still smoking, and poor old Hong Kong was, again, pulling up the rear. Overall, the difference between 256bit and 160bit amounts to about 300KB/sec decrease, on average. This really isn’t that much, and shouldn’t be enough to deter anybody from switching over to the 256bit option. The 256bit option from VyprVPN maintains 2048bit on the control channel, 256bit AES on the data channel, and 256bit SHA2 for HMAC. Talk about a serious level of protection. This is basically a gold standard level of protection considering the use of SHA2, and 256bit on the data channel. Our tester, and the editors, were more than just impressed with the level of speeds coming from VyprVPN considering they had implemented such a high level of security. In general, the stronger the encryption, the slower the connection. VyprVPN is really running a high quality VPN service by offering this level of encryption paired with these speeds!
Needless to say, either 160bit or 256bit is more than fast enough to stream video over the web, or conduct large file transfer at high speeds. If you want some specifics on the levels of speed you need for streaming standard def and high def over the web, we have a list of recommendations for popular services like Hulu, Netflix, and others.
So that’s it, we’ve now given you an in depth VPN review and full speed test of VyprVPN – including their PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN 160bit, and OpenVPN 256bit services. No other site has gone to this level of detail and we do it all to make sure you can make the right choice when selecting VPN providers! We hope you enjoyed the review and speed test results as much as we did. As a final shout out, we want to say thanks to the folks at Goldenfrog for giving us this opportunity. Oh, and congratulations to you guys too, that’s one helluva VPN service you have! We will be looking forward to more good things from VyprVPN in the future!
As always, head over to our editors review and see what customers have to say about the VyprVPN service.