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How‌ ‌do‌ ‌I‌ ‌test‌ ‌the‌ ‌speed‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌network‌ ‌and‌ ‌VPN?‌

There are many ways to speed test your network and your connection when using a VPN! Using Open Source tools like MTR can also let you know what’s going on behind the scenes.

Simple Speed Testing

The simplest way to run a speed test on your connection is with speedtest.net or the open source LibreSpeed. These sites find a server close to where your internet connection is. Then they test how fast your network can send and get data from that server. This is similar to how games try to connect you to a nearby server with the lowest latency.

You see your connection’s latency, download, and upload speeds. By doing this with your unprotected connection and then while on the VPN, you’ll know if you should connect to a different VPN server or try to resolve speed issues using the tips in our help desk article.

Our apps use the open source WireGuard and OpenVPN protocols which are very efficient and secure. You can see which connection method is the fastest for you by trying different protocols and servers, and then performing speed tests!

Network Testing with MTR

This open source tool combines a ping test and a traceroute to let you perform advanced network testing. There are Linux/macOS and Windows versions available letting you use it on any operating system.

With this tool, you put in the hostname or IP address of the server you want to test (for example, 1.1.1.1). On running the test you’ll see:

  • Sent: Number of packets sent to the server.
  • Loss %: How many (if any) were lost, which can indicate network instability.
  • Avg, Best, Worst: The best, average, and worst latency (in milliseconds) for responses from the server, which can indicate a slow ‘hop’ in the path between you and the server.

Using these metrics, you can figure out why a speed test is returning certain kinds of results for you. For example, the Loss % jumping up suddenly and not going down again means that the connection may be faulty.

If the latency jumps up at a specific point, it can mean that a slow path is being chosen there. Selecting a different VPN server may help you get around that link.

You can see the hostname/IP address of the VPN server you’re connecting to without much trouble. If you’re using our desktop client you can click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner, the select Help and Connection Logs. On the page that shows up, when you connect you will see a line like “Connecting to Sydney (sydney.wevpn.com)”. If you’re using our iOS app you can open up Settings, then General, VPN, and then click the 🛈 on the right. On the Server entry, you’ll see the hostname or IP address of the server you’re currently using.

By performing an MTR test while not connected to the VPN, and then again while connected, you’ll have very useful information to help you debug speed issues. This page explains MTR testing in more detail. And if you have any additional questions, ask them in the comments below!

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Daniel O.

Along with being head of QA for a large VPN company, Daniel has written sites worth of training materials and has worked in many roles across the IT space (particularly development, testing, and security). Daniel loves communication, writing documentation, and copy-editing.