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Help: Unusable VPN speed. VPN generated in 2mins by tinfoilsecurity

December 30, 2014 1.7k views

Goal:

  1. Personal security - Use private VPN to surf while on a public network
  2. VPN through my DO droplet to access US-only content. e.g. Hulu

Problem: Speed slows down to a crawl after VPN is connected. Rendering unusable.

System Config: Not sure. A new droplet was generated automatically with VPN access by https://www.tinfoilsecurity.com/vpn/new

Notes:

  1. DO's support said they can't help me but they confirmed that they do not block VPN connections.
  2. I'm currently in Thailand. I tried connecting in more than one location to rule out my apartment's connection.

Questions/Requests:

  1. Can someone generate a VPN like I did and do a speed test? It takes 2minutes I'm trying to rule out that they might have created an unusable VPN.
  2. Is a government able to block VPN connections? DO support made it sound like a possible cause though I'm skeptic because that's precisely one of the reasons VPNs are trying to overcome.

I tried to be brief. If you require any further info let me know.

Below are my some results:

Ping stats:
45 packets transmitted, 44 packets received, 2.2% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 436.392/1743.588/8216.902/1982.522 ms

Traceroute times out after the 9th hop:
1 10.8.0.1 (10.8.0.1) 843.127 ms 571.594 ms 2914.665 ms
2 104.236.128.253 (104.236.128.253) 789.658 ms 593.958 ms
104.236.128.254 (104.236.128.254) 579.195 ms
3 198.199.99.237 (198.199.99.237) 706.471 ms
198.199.99.233 (198.199.99.233) 488.676 ms 247.903 ms
4 sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (62.115.34.17) 653.368 ms
sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (62.115.45.21) 518.942 ms
sjo-bb1-link.telia.net (62.115.34.17) 579.826 ms
5 hnk-b2-link.telia.net (213.155.132.190) 728.150 ms
hnk-b2-link.telia.net (62.115.136.107) 1350.193 ms 835.514 ms
6 snge-b1-link.telia.net (80.91.245.148) 1002.149 ms
snge-b1-link.telia.net (80.91.245.150) 784.033 ms 942.439 ms
7 digitalocean-ic-305236-snge-b1.c.telia.net (80.239.133.58) 836.419 ms 792.091 ms 464.574 ms
8 103.253.144.238 (103.253.144.238) 455.773 ms 485.773 ms
103.253.144.234 (103.253.144.234) 442.805 ms
9 * * *
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2 comments
  • 1. Can someone generate a VPN like I did and do a speed test? It takes 2minutes
    I'm trying to rule out that they might have created an unusable VPN.

    Looking over their system it seems to be a pretty straightforward OpenVPN configuration. This tutorial will allow you to configure this yourself rather than relying on the script if you want.

    *

    1. Is a government able to block VPN connections? DO support made it sound like a possible cause though I'm skeptic because that's precisely one of the reasons VPNs are trying to overcome. *

    To the best of my knowledge while a government or other entity could block traffic on specific ports preventing some services from making a connection they would not be able to block your VPN traffic unless they specifically blocked traffic on the port being used or to your droplet's IP address. Since you are making a connection this would not be the case here.

    It appears that the traceroute you provided may be while you are connected to the VPN. Without being connected what kind of ping and traceroute results do you get between your location and your droplet's IP?

    OpenVPN Access Server is a "full featured SSL VPN software solution that integrates OpenVPN server capabilities, enterprise management capabilities, simplified OpenVPN Connect UI, and OpenVPN Client software packages that accommodate Windows, MAC, and Linux OS environments." Install OpenVPN Access Server on your Ubuntu 12.04 VPS.
  • I saw that tutorial but I wasn't sure how to follow it since I'm on Ubuntu 14.04

    • Is my droplet 64 bit?
    • How do I change this code for Ubuntu 14.04? dpkg -i openvpn-as-2.0.7-Ubuntu12.amd_64.deb

    These are my results without VPN to my droplet

    Traceroute
    1 192.168.200.1 (192.168.200.1) 1.490 ms 1.130 ms 0.887 ms
    2 10.0.0.1 (10.0.0.1) 1.692 ms 2.605 ms 2.042 ms
    3 10.169.222.234 (10.169.222.234) 23.234 ms
    10.169.222.182 (10.169.222.182) 23.328 ms
    10.169.222.186 (10.169.222.186) 25.145 ms
    4 10.169.222.237 (10.169.222.237) 40.678 ms
    10.169.222.173 (10.169.222.173) 32.765 ms
    10.169.222.169 (10.169.222.169) 31.504 ms
    5 61-91-29-1.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.29.1) 27.878 ms
    61-91-29-5.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.29.5) 61.050 ms
    61-91-29-9.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.29.9) 33.984 ms
    6 61-91-213-177.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.213.177) 80.667 ms 27.706 ms 28.951 ms
    7 61-91-213-35.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.213.35) 35.819 ms * 33.981 ms
    8 61-91-213-81.static.asianet.co.th (61.91.213.81) 69.890 ms 25.142 ms 24.848 ms
    9 122.155.226.17 (122.155.226.17) 36.896 ms * *
    10 * * tig-net245-110.trueintergateway.com (113.21.245.110) 66.149 ms
    11 p133165.sgw.equinix.com (202.79.197.201) 54.218 ms 63.511 ms 57.420 ms
    12 61.19.9.150 (61.19.9.150) 53.664 ms *
    103.253.144.238 (103.253.144.238) 55.293 ms
    13 61.19.9.226 (61.19.9.226) 58.434 ms 67.700 ms *
    14 * p133165.sgw.equinix.com (202.79.197.201) 66.526 ms 61.500 ms
    15 * * *
    16 * * *
    17 * * *
    18 * * *

    Ping
    32 packets transmitted, 32 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 53.340/61.100/111.563/10.545 ms

    Thanks

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