ProxyServer’s ProVPN users connect to their VPN servers for a variety of reasons. The typical web user engages in a number of different activities in a single online session. In the case of a VPN, selecting the ideal server location depends largely on your primary reason for using a VPN. The best part about ProxyServer’s VPN service is that you can easily switch between servers as frequently as you want, even if your needs change in the course of a single browsing session!
The first question to consider when selecting a server location is simple: Why am I connecting to this VPN?
“How do I protect my privacy and security?”
With the growing number of threats to online privacy, increasing numbers of people are choosing to connect through a VPN as their standard means of browsing the web. If this is your primary concern, you want a browsing session that resembles your normal web browsing as closely as possible.
VPN servers work by routing your traffic through a number of servers before reaching the host server. This flow of traffic from one server to the next is called a “hop.” In order to maximize your connection speed, you want the fewest hops possible. If you do not have a specific reason to connect through another country, your best course of action is to connect to the server nearest your current location. For many, that means selecting their home country (and nearest city, if you are in a country with multiple VPN servers available). For others, that means selecting the country nearest your own.
“How do I access content in another country/blocked in my home country?”
To access specific content, select a server based in the content’s host country. For example, select a server in the UK to access BBC’s iPlayer, the US to access Netflix, Canada to access CBC, etc. If you are unsure where a particular streaming service is located, a quick search engine or WikiPedia search will help you find the home country.
If you live in a region where content is censored or restricted, the premise is the same – choose a server outside of your home country – but the process is slightly different. When the content you want to stream is blocked in your country, your primary goal is simply to get an IP address that tells servers you are from a different location. Because you aren’t targeting a specific country, however, and instead just trying to leave your own, in this case the best course of action is to choose the server nearest your home country.
“How do I get the fastest connection speeds?”
Sometimes, you simply want the fastest possible connection speed. Whether you are downloading media or software, streaming content from Hulu, or accessing a torrenting site, high-bandwidth activities rely on fast connections. ProxyServer’s ProVPN has VPN servers all around the world, meaning you can easily find the fastest connection speeds near you!
To test out the performance of a particular server, first select a location on the login page.
You can discover your new external IP address by visiting www.whatismyip.com (do not run ipconfig on your computer’s command line, as this will only show your computer’s actual IP address).
Next, open Command Prompt in Windows or Terminal in Mac. From here, you can ping your VPN server’s IP address and trace the route your computer takes to connect to the server. For the fastest possible connection, you are looking for the shortest ping time and the fewest hops.
Search for cmd in your Start menu’s search bar.
Ping your VPN server’s IP address (the IP you located at www.whatismyip.com) and make note of the response time. Use the command ping [IP address] as pictured in the example below. This is the same command in both Command Prompt and Terminal.
To trace the IP route, use the command tracert [IP address] as pictured in the example below.
In Finder, visit Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
As with Command Prompt in Windows, you will use the command ping [IP address] as pictured above.
To trace your connection path, use the command traceroute [IP address] as pictured below.
Whether you want to compare connection speeds, bypass censorship, or simply browse in peace (and security), ProxyServer’s ProVPN can get you there in seconds. Now that you know how to select the best VPN server for your location, all you have to do is pick a server and start streaming!