Stop Throttling! How to speed up your internet and avoid being throttled by your ISP

Hello and welcome to a special edition of
vpn test drive, brought to you by Today we’re going to be looking at throttling. We’re going to discuss what it is, and what
it is that you can do about it. So what exactly is bandwidth throttling? So you subscribe to an internet provider,
maybe it’s a cable company, maybe it’s verizon fios…whatever… and you pay ‘X’ amount of dollars for ‘X’
amount of bandwidth and basically that means that the maximum download speed that you’re
going to get is whatever you pay for so say it’s 20 megs per second, is the speed of your
connection. That’s the maximum speed that you can download at. But what you don’t realize is that your internet
provider does not give all the activities you do online equal access to this 20 megs
per second bandwidth. Some of them, and usually it’s the ones that
use up alot of speed, are actually given less access to this bandwidth. So maybe instead of getting the full 20 megs,
it’s only going to get 5 or 6 megs. The commonly throttled things are going to
be things like: netflix, or youtube, or file sharing, like skype, hulu. If you ever go on youtube and you just wonder
why your video just keeps buffering you can’t watch it in HD it makes you just want to rip
your hair out. That’s because your internet provider is throttling
the ports that youtube traffic is sent over, and limiting you to just a fraction of your
normally allocated bandwidth. So here’s a quick explanation of how throttling
works, and this is actually an article I just posted on my website and I’ll provide the
link in the show notes, so you can go check it out.It’s pretty long, and pretty detailed.
It’s good. But basically how throttling works…is your
internet provider is going to separate your traffic so they identify what each protocol
or each website you’re visiting…what port the data is being transmitted on, and then
they can decide whether they want to let it through the full speed tunnel, where you get
the full bandwidth allotment, or if they’re going to bounce it off the filter and send
it through the throttled tunnel. So you can see that the opening here is smaller,
that just means you’re going to get slower speeds so maybe this is a 15 meg per second
tunnel, and this you know you can only get 5 megs per second. Which is why youtube or
your netflix or your bittorrent might be experiencing slower speeds than you would expect. Because it’s going through this slower tunnel
before it reaches the internet. Ok, so now you’ve identified that fact that
you’re being throttled. So now what? I mean you don’t have that many options when it comes
to internet service, ‘what can I do? They have all the power!’ Well there’s actually one really easy fix
for throttling, and it’s called a ‘VPN’ or ‘Virtual Private Network.’ And basically what this does, is it wraps
all your data that’s being transmitted, including the data that goes through your internet provider,
into a secure encrypted tunnel…so nobody can read the traffic. And the way that your internet provider throttles
the traffic requires them to be able to separate the high bandwidth, the undesirable traffic,
from the normal traffic. If they can’t separate your traffic, they can’t throttle specific
parts of it. And with a VPN, they cannot separate or even
read your traffic. They can’t see what websites you’re visiting, they can’t see what you’re
downloading, they can’t see if you’re using Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, whatever…they don’t
know. So…. We’re going to do a quick demonstration of
how effective a VPN can be against throttling. Right now, we’re going to do a quick speed
test. This is on my normal connection right now, not connected to a VPN. [speed test] Alright… getting pretty slow speeds right
now. I would say usually… what the heck, this is brutal, I’m supposed to get 15 megs
a second is my usual downstream bandwidth…ok it’s creeping up. They’re giving me 7 megs a second right now,
ok. I think they’re really angry about this, uh,
this video. Ok. So I was getting 7 megs a second, we can ignore
that for now, and we’re going to connect to the VPN. And the VPN I’m using for this demonstration
is Private Internet Access, but there’s a couple other ones you could use that are good
too. I’m actually in the middle of doing my PIA
review video, so that’s why we’re using Private Internet Access. So we’re going to refresh the speed test now
that we’re connected. Ok…Uh, as you can see, the IP address has
changed. Connected to the vpn. Well maybe you can’t see because maybe I blocked it out
before, but… Ok…and now we’re getting 22 megs a second,
where a second ago, I was being throttled to about 7 or 8 megs a second. It’s actually
almost tripled! And it’s not to say that your internet connection
is always going to go up like the overall internet connection, this is sort of unusual. It really depends on the way your internet
provider throttles the traffic. In this case, Time Warner uses software, where
it’s sort of…they rely on the ability to see your traffic in order to throttle it effectively,
and if you’ve encrypted it it actually interferes with their throttling technology a little
bit so you can get slightly higher speeds on the download side. If you’re looking for a VPN to stop your throttling
problem, there’s really only 2 things you need to look for. You want a VPN that’s fast, and you want a
VPN that uses OpenVPN technology, which is a higher grade encryption and will interfere
with the throttling better. That being said, most of the Tier-1 VPNs like,
google ‘Top 15 VPNs’ they’re all going to have OpenVPN available. My two favorites are: IPVanish and Private Internet Access. IPVanish is about 75 bucks a year, it’s the
fastest VPN I’ve ever tested and they have great support, it’s American based, no logs,
super safe, highly recommend. Otherwise, Private Internet Access, which
you saw in the video, is only 40 bucks a year, that’s $3.33 a month, great deal. I’m going to have the links in the video description,
and if you enjoy this video and you think you might sign up, I would greatly appreciate
it if you clicked through the link, it costs the same price and I get a small commission. I hope you enjoyed this video, and best of
luck. Thanks alot! Bye. Hey guys, if you’re looking for more VPN reviews
and articles, we’ve got tons of them at’re super in-depth…check ’em out. Thanks.


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