These tests were done on a 102.11bg Wireless connection, using a TP-Link FFC875 router. Our base connection was through Comcast Cable Communications, routed via the OpenVPN TCP/PPTP protocol, using a server located in Berkeley, California.
ExpressVPN is the perfect solution if you are travelling, because although we did see a slight dip in the results when selecting servers several thousand miles away from our control machine, the difference didn’t feel like much of a hindrance during normal browsing activities such as Facebook, Youtube, and Pandora. Oddly enough, we actually saw a bit of a bump in download speeds the further away from the control we got, with New Jersey servers just barely squeaking out a victory over those hosted in Illinois.
To give you an idea of what our average speeds were when connected to Comcast alone with no VPNs running, we ran a series of control tests, the results of which can be seen below.
West Coast – Portland, OR (8.3% decrease in speed)
Midwest – Chicago, IL (52.1% decrease in speed)
East Coast – Matawan, New Jersey (48.4% decrease in speed)
Speed Test Results
West Coast – Portland: 6.93/Mbps down, 1.15/Mbps up
Midwest – Chicago: 3.62/Mbps down, 0.92/Mbps up
East Coast – New Jersey: 3.90/Mbps down, 1.11/Mbps up
Express VPN is one of the best options available if you want speed and reliability, without paying out the nose for the privilege. Sign up now for only $8.32 a month!