I'm pretty sure my ISP is traffic shaping VPN traffic. Is there anything I can do about it minus switching to a new ISP?

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What's up with these answers in the computer networking section? It's like the worst of the worst here

Best Answer:

Richard: Yes there is an alternative – stop using a VPN.

What you see as traffic shaping may be the result of a slow proxy server or a very long Internet path. You might ask what a proxy server has to do with things – well, unless you are using a VPN provided by your employer to access your company's servers from home or elsewhere, then the VPN is simply an encrypted connection to a proxy server.

Now the encryption and decryption processes take time and provide some delay. The proxy server might be heavily used – you have no way of knowing how many people are using it – and this will add further delays. Finally, if you are in New York, and your VPN is connecting you to a proxy server in Australia, and your target website is in Chicago, then you will have added about 25000 miles to the distance each packet has to travel compared with no using a proxy service.

Unless your connection is over open WiFi, then you are balancing the security of using a VPN over the WiFi against the risk of your traffic being intercepted in the proxy server after it has left the security of the VPN.

Finally, using a proxy server with or without a VPN to get around regional restrictions on watching TV shows or movies amounts to copyright theft, which can lead to prosecution, a fine or even imprisonment.

Do you really need a VPN/Proxy Service?

Other answer:

Richard:
More likely the VPN is traffic shaping, to keep traffic under control so all VPN users get an equal share of their bandwidth.
Duncan:
I'm pretty sure you have little to no understanding of VPNs and traffic shaping. There is nothing we can do about that.
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No.

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