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Speed and bandwidth

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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.

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 in 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 options:

  • Restart your device/devices.
  • Restart your router/modem. If you have set up your router with VPN and the speed is insufficient, try using VPN solely on your computer/phone.
  • If you are using Wi-Fi, switch to a wired connection.
  • Switch the VPN server to one closer to you geographically.
  • Switch to a server with a lower server-load percentage. If the server load is higher than 70%, we recommend using a different server.
  • If you are using a P2P based program (usually downloading software), make sure that you are connected to a P2P-optimized server. Please check this article about Peer-to-peer traffic with NordVPN.
  • Open Advanced Settings and switch from the default UDP protocol to TCP.
  • Temporarily disable your firewall to see whether it has an impact on your overall internet speed. If it does, please check your firewall settings and remove unnecessary rules or consider using a different firewall software.
  • Try a different connection method/protocol on your device. Tutorials for various connection methods can be found here: https://nordvpn.com/tutorials/

Also internet speed can be directly influenced by both your hardware and firmware state, so we would recommend to:

  • Make sure that you have the latest available device drivers on your computer; ethernet-adapter and motherboard drivers, BIOS updates, latest router firmware, etc.
  • Temporarily disable your firewall to see whether it will have an impact on your overall internet speeds. If it does, please check your firewall settings and remove unnecessary rules or consider using a different firewall software overall.
  • Close any applications that can transfer data and are running in the background e.g. downloading/filesharing software.
  • Old routers or even a new router that are provided by your internet services provider are often using an outdated firmware or technically poorly manufactured. This can directly impact your internet speed, so we would recommend to invest in a better router.