ProtonVPN Plus – review (2019)

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ProtonVPN 2019

ProtonVPN is one of the best VPN services in the world. This network offers access to more than 350 servers in 31 countries around the world (during my tests in the summer of 2018, it was only 112 servers in 14 countries). The company’s headquarters is in Switzerland.

 

ProtonVPN – Settings

 

The number of options available in the application settings is not too big.

ProtonVPN - settings 01 2019

ProtonVPN - settings 02 2019

ProtonVPN - settings 03 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - settings 01 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - settings 02 2019

Only the TCP and UDP protocols are available in the Windows application. The application for Android also offers IKEv2.

 

ProtonVPN – Locations

 

Currently, ProtonVPN offers access to more than 350 servers located in 31 countries. These are very good values considering that in the summer of 2018 it was only 112 servers in 14 countries.

ProtonVPN - locations 2019

There are several servers supporting P2P networks, at least a dozen Secure Core connections (Double VPN) and something for Tor network supporters – several Onion servers (Tor over VPN).

 

ProtonVPN – Speed Tests – PC

 

Before testing performance of particular servers, I first check the parameters of the direct connection.

ProtonVPN - disconnected 01 - speed test 2019

The download speed was 50.6 Mb/s during the test, upload speed 26.7 Mb/s, ping 32 ms.

 

Germany

 

It’s time for the first country on the list of my tests – Germany.

ProtonVPN - Germany 2019

ProtonVPN - Germany - speed test 2019

Download speed (28.2 Mb/s) is 55.7% from 50.6 Mb/s.

The upload speed (16.4 Mb/s) is 61.2% of the direct connection’s upload speed (26.7 Mb/s).

Ping was extended by 64 ms – 32 ms = 32 ms.

 

United Kingdom

 

The second in the queue location is Great Britain.

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom 2019

ProtonVPN - United Kingdom - speed test 2019

The download speed (13.7 Mb/s) is 27.1% of the speed of the direct connection this time.

The upload speed (18.5 Mb/s) is 69% of the upload speed of the direct connection (26.7 Mb/s).

Ping extended by 74 ms – 32 ms = 42 ms.

 

United States

 

Before performing two more tests, I check the parameters of the direct connection again.

ProtonVPN - disconnected 02 - speed test 2019

The download speed was 50.5 Mb/s this time, upload speed 20.6 Mb/s, ping 32 ms.

 

New York

 

ProtonVPN - United States New York 2019

ProtonVPN - United States New York - speed test 2019

The download speed (5.4 Mb/s) is 10.8% of the download speed on the direct connection (50.5 Mb/s).

The upload speed (15.2 Mb/s) is as much as 74% of the speed of the direct connection (20.6 Mb/s).

Ping increased by 159 ms – 32 ms = 127 ms.

This connection is certainly suitable for browsing the internet and for video transmission in SD and HD quality.

 

Los Angeles

 

ProtonVPN - United States Los Angeles 2019

ProtonVPN - United States Los Angeles - speed test 2019

Download speed (7.2 Mb/s) is 14.2% of the download speed of the direct connection (50.5 Mb/s).

The upload speed (9.8 Mb/s) is 47.4% of the speed of the direct connection (20.6 Mb/s).

Ping increased by 225 ms – 32 ms = 193 ms.

This connection is also great for browsing text, photos and for watching video at different resolutions.

The average grade from the above four tests is 3.95 for all applications and 4.75 for text, photo and SD/HD video watching.

ProtonVPN - speed tests PC - average 2019

 

ProtonVPN – Speed Tests – mobile

 

Before performing further tests, I first check the parameters of the direct connection.

ProtonVPN mobile - disconnected 01 - speed test 2019

The download speed was 51.3 Mb/s during the test, upload speed 25.8 Mb/s, ping 31 ms.

 

Germany

 

ProtonVPN mobile - Germany 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - Germany - speed test 2019

The download speed (34.1 Mb/s) is 66.5% of the direct connection speed (51.3 Mb/s).

The upload speed (20.4 Mb/s) is up to 79.1% of the upload speed of the direct connection (25.8 Mb/s).

Ping was extended by 92 ms – 31 ms = 61 ms.

 

United Kingdom

 

ProtonVPN mobile - United Kingdom 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - United Kingdom - speed test 2019

Download speed (31.7 Mb/s) accounts for as much as 61.8% download speed of direct connection (51.3 Mb/s).

The upload speed (14.9 Mb/s) is 57.6% of the direct connection speed (25.8 Mb/s).

Ping increased by 98 ms – 31 ms = 67 ms.

 

United States

 

Before performing these two tests, I check the parameters of the direct connection again.

ProtonVPN mobile - disconnected 02 - speed test 2019

The download speed was almost 58 Mb/s, upload speed 25.3 Mb/s, ping 30 ms.

 

New York

 

ProtonVPN mobile - United States New York 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - United States New York - speed test 2019

The download speed (24.6 Mb/s) is 42.4% of the download speed of the direct connection (58 Mb/s).

The upload speed (1 Mb/s) is only 4.1% of the direct connection upload speed (25.3 Mb/s).

Ping increased by 245 ms – 30 ms = 215 ms.

 

Los Angeles

 

ProtonVPN mobile - United States Los Angeles 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - United States Los Angeles - speed test 2019

Download speed (14.3 Mb/s) accounts for 24.6% download speed of the direct connection (58 Mb/s).

The upload speed (0.74 Mb/s) is 2.9% of the direct connection speed (25.3 Mb/s).

Ping increased by 361 ms – 30 ms = 331 ms.

The average of the four tests on Android is 3.95 for all applications and 5.00 for text, photos and SD/HD videos.

ProtonVPN - speed tests mobile - average 2019

 

Additional Information

 

1. Tor over VPN and DoubleVPN support

ProtonVPN is one of the few VPN networks offering a feature called Tor over VPN. This feature is particularly useful for the most ardent supporters of privacy and security, as well as for supporters of the Tor network.

A large number of people are wondering whether it is better to use VPN or Tor. Both solutions are good, although both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Interestingly, ProtonVPN belongs to a very small group of services providing the Tor over VPN function, which is a combination of both solutions!

ProtonVPN - Switzerland Tor over VPN 2019

Exemplary speed test of this connection has been shown below.

ProtonVPN - Switzerland Tor over VPN - speed test 01 2019

As you can see, the connection can be used without any problems.

Below, you can also see an example of a DoubleVPN connection in which data packets are routed through two VPN servers located in different locations.

ProtonVPN - Austria via Switzerland 2019

ProtonVPN - Austria via Switzerland - speed test 2019

This connection is also fast enough to be able to use the internet freely.

ProtonVPN also has the option to automatically start up with the operating system and automatically connect to the selected or any server. Thanks to this, all data sent from the device and received on it can be routed via single VPN server, via Tor over VPN or through a double VPN (DoubleVPN).

 

2. Additional discount when activating a 2-year subscription

Although you can only choose a monthly subscription for $10 per month or an annual one for $8 on the website protonvpn.com, you can also renew your subscription for a 2-year subscription for just $6.63 a month!

ProtonVPN - 2-years subscription

 

ProtonVPN – Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

headquarters in Switzerland, where the right to privacy is one of the most restrictive in the world;

– very good results in connection speed tests;

– very good ping;

Tor over VPN and DoubleVPN network support;

– a rapidly growing network of available servers;

– P2P network support;

– user-friendly app available for several different platforms;

– the possibility of using the service on 5 devices at the same time;

– additional discount for people renewing the subscription for 2 years.

Cons:

– haven’t found any.

ProtonVPN mobile - Map View 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - Map View 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - Map View 2019

ProtonVPN mobile - Map View 2019

 

ProtonVPN Plus – review (2019)
5 (100%) 4 votes

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