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AirVPN Review

Test Results

SourcesTargets
Alblasserdam, NetherlandsAlblasserdam, Netherlands
London, UKLondon, UK
Phoenix, AZ (U.S. West Coast)London, UK
Miami, FLLondon, UK
London, UKHood River, OR (U.S. West Coast)
*London, UK*Miami, FL
*Phoenix, AZ (U.S. West Coast)*Hoover River, OR (U.S. West Coast)

*Source/target combos are comparable to the five other VPN services we've reviewed.

We connected to one of AirVPN's servers in its home town of Alblasserdam, Netherlands, and then pointed Speedtest.net to a location in Alblasserdam as well to test the maximum speed and minimum latency. Speedtest showed a 37.60 Mb/s download speed, a 33.47 Mb/s upload speed and a ping of 48ms, which was close enough to the one shown on AirVPNs Servers window of 45ms.

We then did a London-to-London test by choosing the usual TreudlerGroup's server. This resulted in a 25.50 Mb/s download speed, a 27.90 Mb/s upload speed and a 63ms ping, which was higher than the 50ms ping shown in AirVPN.

Selecting the Phoenix (U.S. West Coast) server in AirVPN and then the same London server on Speedtest.net resulted in a 4.42 Mb/s download speed, 8.67 Mb/s upload speed and a 362ms ping.

Choosing the Miami server in AirVPN with the same London target in Speedtest.net showed a download speed of 4.54 Mb/s, an upload speed of 9.91 Mb/s and a ping of 284ms.

When we reversed roles and went with the London location in the AirVPN client and then selected Hood River, Oregon (U.S. West Coast), the download and upload bandwidth, as well as the latency, improved greatly to 23.05 Mb/s, 18.28 Mb/s and 204ms, respectively. The numbers from London to Miami are even better at 28.88 Mb/s download speed, 35.28 Mb/s upload speed and only a 160ms ping.

Finally, with the AirVPN client connected to Phoenix and with the Hoover River, Oregon (U.S. West Coast) server selected on Speedtest.net, we can see a download speed of 6.20 Mb/s, an upload speed of 2.05 Mb/s and a ping of 257ms.

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The reason the download and upload speeds are so much lower and the latency so much higher when testing the American servers is because the test was done within Europe. Therefore, the links to the U.S. show significantly worse throughput and latency compared with the tests done with European servers (for both AirVPN and Speedtest.net). Users in North American that connect to the U.S. AirVPN servers should see much better download/upload speeds and latency (similar to those seen within Europe). However, when connecting to a European AirVPN server before routing back the U.S., the speeds should decrease and the latency should increase because of the traveled distance.

AirVPN looks like a solid VPN service, especially if what you care most about is security and privacy. The latency between U.S. and Europe is not that great, so you probably shouldn't game competitively over the VPN service, but for browsing the Web or watching streaming video (which is usually buffered before it starts anyway), it should work quite well.

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  • mamasan2000
    Did not see Astrill mentioned.

    Watch that video to get an idea of it's performance (it's very good).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9bhbEm7JAk

    That's what I'd go with. VPN always makes you loose bandwidth, the question is how much. Less the better.
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  • getochkn
    On my PC, using the PIA client, I only go down less than 10mb. I get 100mb/s without VPN, 92mb/s with VPN. The problem is trying to get it running on a router, then the speeds drop down to 20-30mbs. Router CPU's just can't handle VPN's with full speed yet. Sucks because I rather my router is VPN'd, then everything that connects goes through that connection. Most VPN's don't give you like 30 accounts and when you have a ton of devices in your house, it sucks. Also things like chromecast, roku's, etc, can't connect to a VPN directly without using a router, then I loose 70mb/s.

    Someone needs to make a VPN router. lol.
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  • Urzu1000
    I'm a little surprised to see this article. I just finished a free three-day trial of AirVPN last night.

    I've been testing out multiple VPNs over the past year, and I've gone from TorGuard to Private Internet Access, to IPVanish. All three of those were "Meh" in terms of the quality of their services.

    Then I tried AirVPN, and no pun intended, I was blown away. It had a proper client, lots and lots of transparency, stability, and best of all, speed.

    The other VPNs have been pretty inconsistent speed wise. IPVanish in particular was a bit odd. I did a speed test, and the speeds appeared amazing. However, in practice, I got much less than that on downloads. It could have been coincidence, considering how much that service lost connection, but it still seems a little shady.

    All in all though, I'm going to be purchasing a quarterly subscription to AirVPN later today.
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  • JacFlasche
    Well Tom's suggestion that PIA was a good service was totally wrong if you are interested in actual P2P speed. As I said in my response to the other article my actual download speed is 15 times faster over iPredator than the damn PIA account I bought on your advice. Unless you do download tests with actual movie files, what does it matter what the speed is, if the service is downgrading or filtering P2P activity. I tried every connection on PIA and the best I could get on a popular movie over P2P was 23Kb compared to over 600 on iPredator.

    What do you think the average person uses VPN for? It sure as hell ain't playing games online.

    Do a real test with a download over P2P
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  • Urzu1000
    16696463 said:
    Well Tom's suggestion that PIA was a good service was totally wrong if you are interested in actual P2P speed. As I said in my response to the other article my actual download speed is 15 times faster over iPredator than the damn PIA account I bought on your advice. Unless you do download tests with actual movie files, what does it matter what the speed is, if the service is downgrading or filtering P2P activity. I tried every connection on PIA and the best I could get on a popular movie over P2P was 23Kb compared to over 600 on iPredator.

    What do you think the average person uses VPN for? It sure as hell ain't playing games online.

    Do a real test with a download over P2P

    I can confirm that P2P downloading is extremely fast with AirVPN. They don't throttle it. During my three day trial, I downloaded ~80GB of files via torrents. They weren't the most popular in the world, with only a handful of seeders each, but I got on average around 3-5 MB/s download speed, which leads me to believe they don't throttle it at all. I was lucky get get 800KB/s with the others.
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  • getochkn
    Well I guess Tom's isn't interested in the movie torrent piracy aspect of VPN testing.
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  • ToineF
    When you click on the AirVPN logo, it doesn't bring you to the right website I think... or is it just me?
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  • paolob
    There is a critical mistake in the article, ToineF is right... when you click on the AirVPN logo or in the "Buy" icon you are directed to a totally different VPN web site which has nothing to do with AirVPN! The correct web site is airvpn.org
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  • Fabrizio76
    In more than one week, the article author Lucian Armasu don't read any comment on his article? Unbelievable.
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  • paolob
    Links have been fixed (Oct 7).
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