IPVanish is a well-known virtual private network that is fast and secure enough for everyday VPN use. I was impressed by the user interface and how simple it is to set up the VPN. IPVanish also has phone assistance and allows you to connect an infinite number of devices with a single account.
IPVanish is an excellent alternative for novices and casual VPN users, however due to various difficulties I discovered, I do not recommend it for serious VPN use. You should go elsewhere if you’re a whistleblower or dissident, or if you wish to use a VPN to avoid censorship in a nation where VPNs are banned or illegal.
Otherwise, IPVanish offers an impressive service, especially for newer users looking for general online privacy. If you’re interested in VPNs but aren’t sure where to begin, IPVanish is a good starting point.
Number of servers: 2,000-plus
Average speed loss: 58%
Number of server locations: 75-plus locations across 52 countries
Number of IP addresses: 40,000-plus
I completed the latest round of IPVanish speed tests in March from my location in Ohio using the OpenVPN protocol. Overall, IPVanish’s average speed performance improved somewhat compared to the previous round of tests conducted by CNET’s Rae Hodge in her 2021 IPVanish review. This time around, the average speed loss was 58%, compared to the previous 65%. My overall speed without the VPN averaged 363.64 megabits per second. With the VPN, my speeds dropped to an average of 152.34 Mbps through IPVanish servers located in New York, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and Singapore.
Average speeds through New York came out to 258.17 Mbps, while speeds through the UK averaged 119.55 Mbps. Slower speeds to VPN servers located across the ocean are to be expected, but this steep a drop in speeds while connected to the UK was disappointing; customers expect better performance from servers in high-demand locations like the UK. Speeds to the UK servers were erratic and inconsistent, fluctuating between 215.43 Mbps and 57.3 Mbps. My average speeds to IPVanish’s Australian servers came out to an impressive 183.72 Mbps — handily surpassing speeds to the UK, despite being about 6,000 miles farther from my location.
Average speeds to France and Germany came in at 165.49 Mbps, which were also disappointing. The considerable loss here was due mostly to the French servers performing poorly. Singapore registered the slowest at 35.61 Mbps, which was a disappointment considering the speeds to Australia were so impressive.
IPVanish isn’t the fastest VPN, but it’s still fast and in the same ballpark as other big names like ExpressVPN — which saw 51.8% speed loss in most recent tests — and NordVPN at 53%. Bottom line: IPVanish can give you more than enough speed for regular internet browsing, HD streaming and video calls.
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