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getting better ping to a server from the other side of the world

I’m looking for something like a VPN or something placed midway between me and the droplet, to minimise ping. I need a cost-effective, cheap or even free solution for this.

Regards, yer boi paz

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Hi @Paz2

The best option would be to get a droplet in the data center closest to you. Which country are you located in?

I don’t think it will help - maybe even make it a bit slower, but you can try: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-an-openvpn-server-on-debian-8

I have a question related to that:

I have right now a Cloud APP (Front End NuxtJS) and Droplet (backend&DB), both in Frankfurt FRA location (and spaces in Amazon separately).

In case I would like to decrease ping for users from USA what should I do? How can I do that?

Should I:

  • Create another droplet in another location? (how do I connect it with the same domain?)
  • Create another app in other location? (ping for calls to backend would not be changed in this case which is just half of the solution, again - domain?)

@Paz2

Adding a VPN most likely won’t reduce latency between you (locally) and the Droplet (remotely) as connection to the VPN relies on your local connection. Any latency between your connection and the VPN will cause this to increase, and that includes distance-based latency.

I use a VPN 24/7 on my MacBook and testing connections from my location in Tennessee to others in San Fransisco, New York, etc – the difference is negligible. I’m looking at maybe a 1ms difference.