5 Fastest VPN’s for Torrents, Kodi, and Streaming
VPN’s are great for privacy and data encryption. But let’s face it, most of us just want to stream the best content. Using Kodi we can gain access to the latest movies, tv shows, sports events, and hundreds of custom apps.
Streaming on Kodi uses bandwidth so we need speed. There is no point in being secure if we are downloading at 5MBps. We also need a VPN provider that is going to give us privacy, with a great zero logs policy. As well as providing additional security like obfuscating VPN traffic, for countries that have strict no VPN policies like China. Or allowing us to pick and connect to servers optimized for torrenting, in P2P servers.
Let’s look in-depth at the 5 best providers to get the fastest torrents for Kodi and other media platforms.
Do Security Protocols Make a Difference to Streaming Speed?
Yes! Those of you familiar with VPNs will know that your data is secured using a security protocol. The most common is OpenVPN. But in layman’s terms the more secure the protocol the slower your streaming speed is going to be.
Security is important but using a recognized software like Kodi gives you the assurance that maybe you can cycle down from IKEv2 and use a less secure protocol.
For top streaming speeds, we recommend PPTP. Though it is the least secure of all the security protocols, it will give you the fastest speed for Kodi or anything else you are torrenting.
IPVanish is a number 1 choice before we even get to their speed. They have a solid zero logs policy, meaning they don’t register your activity. Coupled with the 850+ servers. Also, you use a Shared IP which means that you use the same IP address as thousands of other users. Making it almost impossible to trace any IP back to one individual person. Coupled with the 40,000+ IP addresses that you can choose from, your anonymity is secure.
Everything is secured using 256-bit AES encryption, and you can choose between OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP protocols. You also get an additional layer of security which you won’t find in other providers. A NAT firewall that protects you from hackers and botnets. Particularly useful if you are unsure about the torrenting site that you are visiting.
If you want to Torrent using Kodi, then you need speed. What we love about IPVanish is that you can filter each countries server by “Load” and “Response Time”. Essentially you can manually find the fastest server. You want servers that are not being used heavily or have a high load. The lower the response time and load the faster your torrent is going to be.
IPVanish has a built-in Kill Switch which means if your internet connection drops, your VPN will disconnect and reconnect when your internet comes back up. This means your IP will never be leaked. You can even obfuscate your OpenVPN traffic. Obfuscating allows you to make your OpenVPN traffic look like standard encrypted traffic used by HTTPS websites. This is crucial in high censorship countries like China and Iran where they actively seek out VPN traffic and block it.
The biggest reason people who torrent and use Kodi love IPVanish is their speed. Generally, when you use a VPN provider there will some loss of speed. Roughly 15-20% of your base speed. But with IPVanish this dropped to 5%. We saw the speed of up to 60MBps for download, and upload speeds of 7-10MBps. Upload speeds are crucial if you intend to upload files online to torrent. You can connect to 5 simultaneous devices.
NordVPN is one of the largest and widely known VPN providers in the world. Based in Panama they have a strict zero-logs policy. Also, they go further by stating that they don’t even record your activity, so they would have nothing to show a law agency even if they asked. Alongside standard military-grade encryption, and access to all the popular security protocols. You can also take advantage of NordVPN’s unique Double VPN, or Onion over VPN feature. This gives you an added layer of security by routing your traffic through 2 VPN servers, or through Tor and then a VPN.
They have one of the widest selection of servers in the industry, 5,000+. As a rule, the more servers a provider has, the faster their speeds are going to be. As more servers mean less load per server when distributed over the number of users they have. Their interface even lets you connect to the fastest P2P or file-sharing server when you connect. Meaning they will automatically find the best server for you depending on your need.
Like IPVanish, NordVPN has an inbuilt Kill Switch. This is crucial as streaming and torrenting using Kodi or other sites will be a long process. If you leave your computer to download and your internet blips, then you want a provider that will kill your connection and restart it while not compromising your location through your IP. This also works if your VPN program freezes or stops working.
One drawback of NordVPN is that not all servers allow Bit Torrent traffic, unlike IPVanish. To make up for this they provide servers specifically for P2P.
In terms of speed, NordVPN impressed with speeds comparable to IPVanish. Downloading at 60MBps and uploading at 7-10MBps. You can also connect to 6 simultaneous devices, more than the industry average of 5.
Cyberghost is based in Romania, which has no laws for their VPN provider to provide any logs of their user’s data. This is crucial for your protection when torrenting. Like IPVanish they won’t even have any logs to show if a law enforcement agency comes knocking. Cyberghost also has several neat additional security features. Again, like IPVanish you have a shared IP System, where multiple users share the same IP. Meaning if your IP is compromised, usage cannot be tracked to one individual.
Also, a unique Cyberghost security feature we love is Perfect Forward Secrecy. Your encryption key will rotate and change automatically every 60 minutes. This means even if a hacker is attempting the almost impossible and trying to break your 256-bit AES encryption, they will only have an hour before it changes. A feat which is impossible even with access to a Cray supercomputer.
Cyberghost gives you access to 2,700+ servers, with 1,000 of those servers optimized specifically for torrenting. They have an intuitive user interface. Their GUI allows you to choose between surfing anonymous, torrenting anonymously and a host of other uses. Meaning you will be connected to the best server and country depending on your need. You can also manually choose your server, arranging them by the fastest speed.
Another unique function we like is their random port selection which makes it harder for your ISP to throttle your connection or block your VPN. As well as auto-starting your VPN when a new Wi-Fi network is detected. Cyberghost also has that crucial Kill Switch built-in.
Previously there were concerns at Cyberghost’s speeds but the latest upgrades make them comparable to IPVanish. With download speeds of 58-62 MBps and Upload speeds of 7-10 MBps. You can also connect a massive 7 devices simultaneously.
ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, which has no legal requirement for keeping logs. They have a strict zero-logs policy, but hardened privacy experts point out that ExpressVPN does keep metadata logs which means you can expect some logs being kept as opposed to IPVanish.
They offer 256-bit AES encryption and all the top security protocols like OpenVPN, IKEv2, and PPTP. As well as an inbuilt kill switch which will shut down your internet connection if your VPN application stops working. Like IPVanish they also offer shared IP’s meaning a single IP is used by multiple users.
One thing people love about ExpressVPN is their response to community feedback. They are one of the most proactive providers for updates and implementing new features which are upvoted by their users. Their user interface is also incredibly simple and easy to use, making it ideal for beginners or those with little technical knowledge. You can automatically connect to the best connection.
An inbuilt feature unique to ExpressVPN is its speed checking service. You can manually choose from 2,000+ servers based across 94 countries. Incidentally, this is one of the biggest number of countries for any VPN providers. When you manually choose your server, you can test their upload and download speed before connecting from your current location.
Their torrent speeds were great and again comparable to IPVanish. With download speeds of 58-62 MBps and upload speeds of up to 10MBps. One area they lag their competitors is the number of devices you can connect simultaneously. You only get to connect 3 devices, which lags the industry average of 5.
StrongVPN is the only one of our top 5 picks that are based in a 14 eyes country. These are 14 countries that have both strict data privacy laws but also have agreed to share intelligence with each other. Based in the US they have kept and maintained a zero logs policy which based on the slew of positive reviews has not been broken. Operating since 2005 StrongVPN has never had any serious concerns that it’s zero logs policy is not secure.
They have several cool security features. The Kill Switch is inbuilt. But for those more technologically savvy you can also specify whether you want a UDP or TCP OpenVPN connection. But we love their Scramble function. This is particularly useful for countries that actively block VPN connections. You can obfuscate your connection or choose 3 other ways to mix up your data packets and hide your connection. Download your own TAP driver, and manually set up your connection settings.
You can choose to connect to a whopping 59,000 + IP addresses, based on 650+ servers. Though the country selection of 20+ is less than many providers. It’s worth checking your local country for StrongVPN as you may find you have to go connect to a server further than you want, increasing ping time a latency. You are automatically connected to the optimum server. But unlike IPVanish you end up playing server roulette and cannot order servers by speed or latency which is a disappointing lack of functionality.
In general, what holds StrongVPN back compared to other providers is their lack of features. They offer 256 AES bit encryption and all the popular protocols, but they are just a step behind with features like being unable to find an optimum P2P server.
In terms of speed, they rank alongside IPVanish and ExpressVPN with speeds of 60MBps to download and up to 10MBps to upload. But they offer an enormous 12 simultaneous connections at any one time, which marks them as a market leader for connections.
YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITY IS BEING WATCHED
ReviewVPN cannot attest to the legality, security and privacy of the applications discussed on this site. It is highly recommended that you use a VPN service while streaming or using Kodi.
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Here are the main reasons why you must use a VPN:
- Your activities are hidden from your ISP, the government, and from the apps you are using.
- You can access additional movies and TV streams.
- ISP attempts to throttle are thrwarted thus reducing buffering issues.
- Geographically restricted content like Netflix and Hulu can be unblocked.
A VPN works be replacing your ISP-assigned IP address and creating an encrypted tunnel. We recommend the no log service offered by IPVanish. It works well on a Firestick and offers the fastest possible speeds.
Install IPVanish on Firestick with Screenshots
If your Firestick still has the older interface, read this article to learn how to update it: Update Firestick Interface.
1. Click Home on your remote and click “Find”.
2. Click “Search”.
3. You can either say “IPVanish” to your Alexa’s voice-enabled remote or start typing it. If you typed it, click on the suggestion when it appears.
4. Click on the “IPVanish” icon.
5. Click on “Download”.
6. Wait to “Download”.
7. Wait to “Install”.
8. Click on “Open”.
9. Input your username and password to “Log In”.
10. Click “Connect”.
There can only be one winner, and we think it’s clear that IPVanish shows why they are a market leader. With a massive 40,000+ IP addresses, as well as the ability to obfuscate your traffic. It makes it a clear choice even in countries with an active anti-VPN policy. What impressed us the most about IPVanish is that we saw almost no drop in our connection speed using a VPN, which is unheard of. Speed is the number of priority when torrenting using Kodi or other media devices. Without speed, we can’t download or upload the files that we want.
We hope that whatever VPN provider you pick, you have a clear benchmark for the standard that you need to match our top pick IPVanish:
- Download speeds of 60Mbps
- Upload speeds of 7MBps+
- A clear and well defined zero logs policy
- Shared IP’s or other security functions to give you an added layer of security
- Access to a wide range of IP addresses, servers, and countries
- The ability to choose the fastest server specifically for P2P, torrenting, and Kodi