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WiTopia is a popular provider of VPN service that also offers a pre-configured, plug-and-play VPN router solution.  The VPN services from WiTopia are only offered in one year terms, and the hardware solution includes one year of VPN service in the purchase price.  VPN plans offered by WiTopia can provide PPTP, Cisco IPSec, L2TP, and OpenVPN service.  All plans from WiTopia provide unlimited bandwidth and unlimited switching between available cities and countries.  Locations offered by WiTopia include many cities in the US and countries in South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  In total, WiTopia offers approximately 30 different countries across their PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN plans.

The pricing from WiTopia is very competitive, but since the plans are only offered in one year terms, customers will need to shell out more money up front.  This may be advantageous for people who can afford a large upfront price that reduces the monthly cost of service.  But it also may be a significant negative for those people looking for shorter term subscriptions.  Fortunately WiTopia includes a 30 day moneyback guarantee with all purchases.  So you still have a good opportunity to test drive the service before committing to the full year.  The personal VPN Pro service allows for simultaneous connections while the other plans only allow for one connection.  So users looking for an inexpensive VPN solution for 2 computers might find WiTopia to be an excellent deal considering the yearly price.

WiTopia supports all major platforms including WinXP/Vista/7, Mac OS X, Linux iOS, Android, and Symbian.  Software is only required for the OpenVPN service, and WiTopia uses a customized OpenVPN client with custom configuration files.  The L2TP VPN from WiTopia uses 128bit encryption while the OpenVPN service uses 256bit.  The CloakBox from WiTopia is their hardware solution pre-configured for VPN service out of the box.  Users need only plug it in and connect their devices to begin distributing VPN service across their home/small network.  This is a great solution for anyone who doesn’t want to bother with setting up DDWRT on their router, or anyone who’s router does not support DDWRT and/or VPN.  Pricing for the CloakBox is not bad when you consider it includes one year of service either.

Support from WiTopia above average with 24x7x365 available via email and live chat.  The unconditional 30 day moneback guarantee makes it pretty easy to take WiTopia for a test drive, so don’t be afraid of the one year term!

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3 Responses to “WiTopia”

  1. TJ says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    WiTopia is relatively new but I bought the year package a few months ago. I had heard good things and decided to give it a shot. So far I’m really happy. My speeds are basically max my connection and setup was pretty quick. I haven’t had to use support so can’t comment on that. The box they sell is basically a modified Linksys router, but of course you don’t need that to use their vpn. Just subscribe and install the vpn client software. I did some comparison shopping and their price is good too for what you get – high speed, unlimited bandwidth, lots of countries …

  2. Chuck says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    On Saturday January 14th Witopia made major changes in their system. I was unable to use the system for three days. Their online chat support service is worthless. They finally told me after three days that I needed to download new software. There was no notice of this or anything or their website to that affect. I have downloaded their new client software and made my connection to their gateways. HOWEVER the connection constantly disconnects leaving me exposed on the internet AND IT DOES NOT NOTIFY ME OF THE DISCONNECT AS THE SYSTEM USED TO. Their service has gone to hell in a matter of days and it appears there is no relief in site. I highly recommend that anyone stay away from Wipotia until they have demonstrated that they have improved the service and customer support. Chuck

    editors note: ouch…all we can say is that whenever we emailed WiTopia service the guys were pretty prompt with their answers…sounds like you had a very different experience…

  3. year long? says:
    March 4th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I had heard good things about Witopia but I never understood why they want you to sign up for a year. My friend has them for his tv and I was going to get it but I never did because of the long signup. He seems to like it OK but its definitely slower when its turned on. We can tell when playing online.

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