General VPN question: Mac and iOS devices

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TomGolden, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. TomGolden macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2007
    El Dorado county, CA
    Hello all,

    I have a general question about VPNs for Macs, iOS devices, Windows, any kind of device that you use on the internet.

    I've been seeing a lot of ads in various places for a host of VPN services lately, some paid, some free. Many of the paid ones are touting that they have a large number of servers spread all over the world to better hide your location, as well as prevent a bottleneck on your throughput when using a VPN service that might only have a few servers, which I have definitely experienced myself.

    My question to you all is: Any recommendations on which are worth using on a regular basis, or any to avoid at all costs.

    Many thanks.
  2. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    PIA gets my vote. Easy to setup using their software, doing it through the browser or setting it up through your router. Very cost effective and support is fast. With PIA I can get my regular bandwidth whenever I need, which is 135-150 Mbps. I've heard of other people managing to get 300 Mbps out of their PIA connection when they have 300 Mbps through ISP or a bit more.
  3. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I'm curious if this question is on the focus of using VPN in order to connect to a corporate network? If so shouldn't the inquirer have information of what standard for VPN connectivity is required prior to searching?
  4. Tech198, Jan 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017

    Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Don;t go with free VPN only services... You'll hit a brick wall somewhere down the line..... "They logs traffic" or don't always tell the truth, slower much slower than normal over VPN. server downtime, and/or lack of payment options..

    Private Internet Access is good. but i use independent as i have smart DNS service which also provides VPN as well..

    VPN connection will depend on speed, which is why they always ay use closest VPN server to location u'll currently in, but i have no troubles connecting to Netherlands from Australia, and get full 8MBps speed of my connection. I have 8MPBs DSL, anyway so its not even half the speed... it's pratically full speed... but there is overhead.

    If this is to cooperate networks (eg. work), then you would have it already set up by IT person.
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    When I was looking for a VPN service, I did quite a bit of research and the consensus was that PrivateInternetAccess was among the best. This was from reviews as well as users. So that's what I went with and it has worked well for me for about 2-3 years.
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
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    Oct 10, 2013
  8. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
  9. Jake Mongoose macrumors newbie

    Jake Mongoose

    Jan 20, 2017
    Montgomery AL
    I've been using PIA for years with no problem.
  10. TomGolden thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2007
    El Dorado county, CA
    Thanks everyone.

    This is purely for personal use. My employer provides their own VPN to connect to my work network/systems when I work from home or other remote locations.

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