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Speed and bandwidth

NordVPN does not apply any speed or bandwidth limits to its users. However, please note that usually, you will receive a little bit lower speeds with VPN comparing to the speeds without VPN.

Moreover, connection speed depends on a number of different factors, like server distance, server load, your original internet speed, VPN protocol you are using, etc. You can expect around a 30% speed dropdown when connected to the closest server through OpenVPN UDP. Instead, you can use the NordLynx protocol which provides much better speed.

If you are experiencing issues when connected to NordVPN, first of all, please check your internet speed without the VPN to make sure you have no underlying issues. You can do it on this website. If you have confirmed that the slower connection is indeed related to the use of the VPN, please also have in mind that it is normal for the encrypted VPN tunnel to slow the internet down to some extent.

However, if the connection speed is reduced significantly, or if you notice the performance is slower than usual with the VPN, please try these tips for your device:

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