Speed & Performance
Private Internet Access’ speeds and performance vary by server and your connection speed.
We found VPN speeds on Windows to average around 25 Mbps, with a started speed of 50 Mbps. Mac speeds were slightly lower, with Mac seeming to be impacted more when the VPN was on.
Performance of Private Internet Access was impressive with the built-in split tunneling features. Split tunneling is easy to setup and allows you to route certain data to your ISP, such as banking data, to keep it safer and more secure.
Latency is minimal and with 2,600+ servers in 47 countries, you can switch servers quickly if one is not performing well.
Multiple protocols are available:
Mobile apps are available with advanced functionality and they’re fully open-sourced. Users can quickly change protocols on the mobile app, including switching to WireGuard. One caveat is that the iOS app will use the IPSec protocol and is lacking the MACE feature offered on other apps.
A kill switch is available to protect your privacy if the VPN’s connection drops.
VPN transfer is unmetered and there are gigabit VPN port speeds to maximize your VPN’s speeds.
Streaming site access works so-so depending on the country you’re trying to log in from and the streaming service that you choose. Netflix is the go-to streaming service we check when conducting our tests because it has the largest user base.
Netflix is also diligent, with checking and blocking VPNs, which can change our experience any second,
Private Internet Access performed very well when trying to access Netflix on servers from the US, UK and Canada.
European countries seem to be a hit or miss, with us having no luck when trying to access Netflix on German servers. It’s possible that the server we tried accessing from was blocked, but there were 78 other servers in Germany that we didn’t try.