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ABOUT2018-08-18T05:31:10+00:00

Yeah, I’m totally okay with censored internet

– Said no one ever.

Who We Are

In June 2017, China’s internet regulator announced a plan on eradicating all unlicensed VPNs by 2018, which created a lot of uncertainty for the future of VPNs. Whether or not that happens is yet to be seen.

Our mission is to provide a complete guide on which VPNs work inside of China.

How we test VPNs

At the beginning of this project, we put a lot of thought into how we can benchmark the speed of each VPN.

The main questions that came up were:

How can we test each VPN in a way that is fair? How can we make sure that the results we receive were accurate? And most importantly, how can we use the results to figure out which VPN is indeed the fastest? 

With the criteria in mind, we decided to take a look at the current internet setup for our control speed test.

Internet Setup

China Unicom 200M Fiber-optic internet plan connected to a NETGEAR R6400 Router

All connections are tested over the 5 GHz WiFi—802.11ac

Something to keep in mind, Mbps is different from MB/s (megabytes per second).
Some quick math to convert between the two— 8 Mbps = 1 MB/s

For example, the download speed of my internet connection is 240 Mbps = 30 MB/s.
So that means it would take 25 seconds to download a 750 MB video file.

DISCLAIMER: Our speed test results are unique to our internet setup and conditions. Your results may different from ours. Please use Jump the Great Firewall’s data and findings for reference only.

Many things can affect the internet speed and VPN connectivity in China including: VPN connected or not, traffic load on ISP, traffic load on VPN server, ISP internet plan, ISP internet infrastructure, various government crackdowns that may happen sporadically, hardware limitations, etc.

Testing the internet speed with VPN connected

Step 1

Remove all unnecessary data stored in browser

Use the CCleaner program to remove all history, cookies, cache, and data from the browser.

Step 2

Connect to a VPN location

Generally, we choose locations that are closer to our real location, Beijing. We also looked for locations that reported a low ping. With that in mind, we typically choose locations in Asia—Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea.

Step 3

Use speedtest.net website to test speed

We went to www.speedtest.net and allowed the website to “Find Optimal Server”

The website will automatically choose a server that is close to your VPN location. Whatever the website chooses is the server we will use.

Step 4

Begin Testing

Once the location is choose, we started testing the Download and Upload speed.

Results are shown in Mbps (Megabits per second).

Something to keep in mind, Mbps is different from MB/s (megabytes per second).
Some quick math to convert between the two— 8 Mbps = 1 MB/s

For example, the speed of my internet connection is 240 Mbps = 30 MB/s.
So that means it would take 25 seconds to download a 750 MB movie file.

Step 5

Change to another server location on the website

Change the server location to the next item on the list. That way we can collect more results and get a more accurate reading of the real speed.

Step 6

Test speed again with new location

Test again with the new server location on the website. After running the test, we might run it one more time or change locations again.

We usually run the speed test with 4 or 5 different servers on the website for each VPN location.

Step 7

Track results

View results after 8 tests and screenshot it for further analysis.

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