VPN providers usually have multiple IP and often many users coming from the same one.
One caveat: Reconnects worked poorly until I disabled the iptables rate limiting the script imposes.
Outside of that, it’s worked really well. I pointed the VM’s DNS at Adguard so I get some good filtering as part of it.
I still need to spend a minute configuring things like dynamic dns in case my IP changes but I'm really impressed right now.
I saw some tests indicating open+fan really dropped temps vs closed+fan so I ordered one of these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXSMY1N
It's a simple bash script which just gets the job done fast, without dependencies or too much trouble.
As far as instability..yeah it's unstable on the free version because you only get to access highly saturated free access servers.
With the paid plan on proton I see disconnects every othet day or so (random servers).
I use the free tier as well but I have it automated to where I force a reconnect if destinations are unreachable.
I believe proton uses Nord's infrastructure to some capacity?
But yeah,not fair at all to compare a free plan with a paid one. Even if they charge 1€/mo,those users are supporting the servers they use. With free,it's unlimited number of users that saturate a free server so you should expect less quality.
> I am not sure if the problem is on ProtonVPN side or my ISP side
I may be missing something... but I feel this is a terrible article, not based on any facts/solid research, but based on random experiences caused by "who knows what".
This is clearly one of them, just a shill for Mullvad by a likely astroturfing or affiliate blogger who is "not an expert in VPN".
There is zero reason why this should be on the HN frontpage.
On the second paragraph the author writes "Not only slower, but it also keeps disconnecting".. So, the author is sure that protonVPN is actually getting slower... But I thought he said he simply _felt_ like it was getting slower. Feelings are now equivalent to certainty, apparently.
Overall, not a good article, I'm sorry to say.
Previously when connected, my line would go down to 50+ Mbps: perfectly reasonable. Now, I test and it is sub 2 Mbps.
There's always trade-offs to be made for now it seems. And Mullvad doesn't have mobile support yet.
Makes you wonder what's gonna happen when Cloudflare's Warp is out of closed beta.
Mobile VPN apps are in the same spot. They all use the same backends; OpenVPN, IKEv2, and/or Wireguard. Everybody's time would be best spent making _those_ apps better. The OpenVPN iOS app has a particularly poor UX.
Killswitches are the probably the easiest way to deal with it, because it will also alert users to when something is misbehaving, but it obviously doesn't work for general use cases so better UX is needed beyond the protective design.
You mean (I think) it doesn't have it's own native app. Connecting to Mullvad's VPN works fine on Android using OVPN (as do many of the VPN providers).
Sent via LineageOS using Mullvad :P
Spoof my location.
Avoid giving trackers my IP address.
Avoid ISP throttling.
Hopefully my VPN doesn't log. At least my ISP can't log. I'm not concerned about state-level actors, just commercial ones.
Like in the UK when they wanted to ban porn (I think?). Something harmless today (legally speaking) can become an issue in the future.
some VPNs definitely lie about logging, maybe most of them. ProtonVPN is one of the least likely ones to do so given their transparency relative to other VPN companies, their ProtonMail service, their infrastructure, and their founder.
upstream logging is still possible, and protonvpn is the only VPN service I know of with any of its own infrastructure. it has one datacenter in switzerland and you can use it as a proxy to some of its third party operated endpoints in other countries.
In addition to that, I don't trust my current or any of the previous governments, and I likely won't trust any future governments. I also don't trust any ISP in my country further than I can throw them, due to government-mandated logging. My workplace does mandatory MITM proxying and logs everything, I'm working on getting around that.
Also many mobile plans throttle video to 480p, a VPN bypasses that.