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TiredSoul
11-14-2018, 09:09 AM
Any of you long-haulers use ExpressVPN?
Would you recommend it?
Yes/no/maybe and if not you have any recommendations?


No Land 3
11-14-2018, 10:43 AM
Any of you long-haulers use ExpressVPN?
Would you recommend it?
Yes/no/maybe and if not you have any recommendations?

NordVPN on an Android device will get you Youtube, Google, and others in China. The iOS version will not. It has additional options that the iOS version lacks, probably due to Apples stranglehold on everything.
CyberSec, Obfuscate servers, and using TCP/IP.
I believe China blocks UDP traffic.

TiredSoul
11-14-2018, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Iím looking for iPhone/IPad on the road and Windows PC at home.


Reactivity
11-14-2018, 01:30 PM
Any of you long-haulers use ExpressVPN?
Would you recommend it?
Yes/no/maybe and if not you have any recommendations?

ExpressVPN was the first VPN I used. I selected it because they supposedly have the most servers all over the world.

I dropped ExpressVPN at the end of the one-year subscription.

They may have a lot of servers, but in practice, the fastest one was almost never the closest. I'd be in Panama or Costa Rica or Mexico (all locations where they have servers), but the fastest one was in Dallas or Miami. So why was I paying for servers all over the world if I was only going to use the ones in the US?

I also had frequent connection problems, both on iOS and the desktop (Mac OS). It would fail to connect or drop the connection.

I'm currently using VyprVPN. It's less expensive. They have fewer servers, but are advertised as having the fastest servers because they maintain their own hardware. It generally works well on iOS, although there are times I have to reset the connection, but I'm never quite certain whether it's the VPN or crummy hotel wi-fi. I'm highly frustrated with the desktop (Mac OS) version. There are three separate parts to the application - the user interface part, the VPN service itself (which is not visible), and something they call the user agent (whose function I have yet to understand, and is also not visible). There are times, less frequent now, when the VPN service portion will run away, blocking traffic, preventing connection or disconnection, and requiring a force quit at the system level because it runs separately from the part of the application that you can see. I'm not sure I'll be renewing at the end of the subscription year.

Nord VPN is next on my list.

TiredSoul
11-14-2018, 04:20 PM
Thank you for your reply.
How important or useful is the Ďtunnelingí function where you can select which apps do and do not use the VPN?
I understand ExpressVPN is one of the few or the only one having that feature.

Reactivity
11-14-2018, 08:26 PM
Thank you for your reply.
How important or useful is the Ďtunnelingí function where you can select which apps do and do not use the VPN?
I understand ExpressVPN is one of the few or the only one having that feature.

VyprVPN has it also. I don't think it's that important.

It's mostly a question of speed. You take a minor hit to speed using a VPN because of the encryption & decryption on both ends and because all traffic has to go through the extra relay point of the VPN server, which may not be that close to the optimal route. That said, we're talking about maybe several tens of milliseconds of latency, or a couple of megabits per second of upload/download speed. Unless you're doing something where speed and latency are important, that particular feature is of little real value in my estimation.

Avenger00
11-15-2018, 03:29 AM
ExpressVPN and NordVPN are the biggest players on the market right now. They both provide quality services. The price is probably the main difference between them, NordVPN is a bit cheaper.
I bought NordVPN subscription and been using it for over a month now. This VPN is very easy to use even if you are not a tech geek :) I also tested the speed on speedtest. net, the results were good. What I like the most about this VPN is that I can pick a server myself. So, if you are still considering, check them out.:)

IQuitEagle
11-15-2018, 08:49 PM
I use ExpressVPN and like it. The interface is easy to use, and it is one of the handful of VPNís that can beat Amazonís firewall, so itís ideal if you like to stream Amazon Prime video from outside the US.

TiredSoul
11-16-2018, 04:27 AM
Iím seriously looking at NordVPN now.
Any last comments?
Going once, going twice?

PotatoChip
11-16-2018, 06:09 AM
I used Express for two years for my iPad. No complaints. I don't travel international anymore so stopped using it.

wayway8
11-16-2018, 09:17 PM
I had been using Private Internet Access (PIA) for the past two years. I discovered it doesn't work in China. Switched to ExpressVPN and everything works again.

No Land 3
11-17-2018, 05:56 AM
Iím seriously looking at NordVPN now.
Any last comments?
Going once, going twice?

NordVPN didn't work for me in China on Apple products due to lack of options that allow it to work on Android.

TiredSoul
11-19-2018, 09:19 AM
This message has reached you through a server in Brazil.
Took a 30 day with NordVPN.
Will see how things work out this rotation.
For one thing Bank of America is not letting me sign in.
Send an email to Nord tech support if there is a specific server I can use.
Main reason for VPN was increased security traveling.

Reactivity
11-19-2018, 11:28 PM
This message has reached you through a server in Brazil.
Took a 30 day with NordVPN.
Will see how things work out this rotation.
For one thing Bank of America is not letting me sign in.
Send an email to Nord tech support if there is a specific server I can use.
Main reason for VPN was increased security traveling.

It's possible that BoA will block access attempts from outside the country as an anti-fraud measure. My VoIP provider does that, so I have to switch to a US server if I want to do anything with that account when I'm outside the country. Any server in the US should work for you if that's the case.

GoesTo11
02-02-2019, 03:16 PM
Another option is to carry a travel router. Great if you have multiple devices and want an easy way to secure everything. I just ordered this one to replace an older one I had. They have some other benefits as well. The one listed below supports an SD Card if you want to store movies, music, or other content to share across devices. Nice for the iOS world where file sharing is a pain.

https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-ar750s/

Another router to consider is the RAVPower FileHub, Wireless Travel Router AC750. Currently out of stock but it gets good reviews and is also battery powered.

I use NordVPN and have for a couple of years. It is configured into my home router to protect everything at home and then it will be configured into my travel router. I also have the apps to use on my devices.

BluePAX
02-03-2019, 03:16 PM
I've been using PIA VPN for about half a year now and really like it. Works everywhere overseas that I've been, paid I think $65 for a year. Have it on my Android phone, iPad, and laptop.

Netflix has been cracking down on
using a VPN but PIA has several servers that've worked for me, or just turn the VPN off while streaming.

scrupulous
02-05-2019, 01:55 PM
Something to think about is using your home router. Asus RT-66 to 88 series has the ability via using an open source firmware (WRT) to use your existing home router and internet connection. You can cruise your home local network (Netflix, SMB, CIFS, media player, printer and etc) using openvpn, PPTP, IPSEC encryption and on non-standard ports to avoid blocking by countries like China and UAE.

A lot of how to's out there on youtube.

I also used PIA and Witopia vpn's before just using my own home routers vpn. PIA and Witopia are actively pursued by China and UAE for blocking.