Troubleshooting VPN Connection Speed

We are committed to providing the best experience and ensuring that our users make the most out of their VPN subscription. BulletVPN does not throttle or apply any bandwidth limit to its users. However, speed loss is normal due to different reasons compared to your average speed without a VPN.

The VPN connection speed depends on many factors such as bandwidth, type of encryption, server load, server distance, VPN protocol you're using, etc.

VPN isn’t made for making your Internet connection faster. Instead, VPN is all about security, privacy, and opening possibilities offered by the Internet. Slight drops in speed are absolutely normal, and it’s a minimal sacrifice to make for enjoying ultimate privacy and security online.

However, these speed losses are not fated and can be minimized by following some troubleshooting steps:


1- Connect to a different server location

All our servers are chosen based on numerous guidelines such as location, load, and, most importantly, speed.

The distance between your location and a VPN server is one of the key factors determining the Internet speed. For example, if you are in the UK and connecting to a server in Australia, it is a substantial distance for a data packet to travel. So the nearer a server is located, the faster the Internet speed will be.

You can try changing the VPN server to a nearer one to your original location and test the speed again.


2- Change your VPN protocol

Not all VPN protocols provide the same speed rate as they differ in their encryption grade, resulting in lower speed than others.

We usually recommend OpenVPN as it offers the most secure connection option at the moment without sacrificing performance and speed. It offers up to 256-bit encryption. When used in its default UDP mode, OpenVPN provides the best performance.

​IKEv2 can handle network changes flawlessly without losing the connection. It supports a wide range of encryption protocols and offers high-level stability and super-fast connectivity.

L2TP (Layer Two Tunneling Protocol) is considered a bit more secure than PPTP as it uses 256-bit keys giving a higher level of encryption. L2TP encapsulates data twice, making it less efficient and slightly slower.

However, the above technicalities may differ from one network to another. Therefore, we advise switching between the VPN protocols but in the below order:

  • OpenVPN UDP
  • OpenVPN TCP
  • IKEV2
  • L2TP/IPsec


3- Connect to our high-speed VPN servers (UltraHD Support)

We support numerous High-speed VPN servers around the globe. These VPN servers are considered some of the best in the industry. These VPN servers are optimized for streaming and high-speed connectivity and can accommodate speeds up to 10Gbps, we do not throttle any user, and the servers are not overloaded.



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