Why are the speed tests faster through a VPN?
I was thinking about migrating my droplet to a different data center, so I decided to check the speed tests (speedtest-*.digitalocean.com).
I got between 10-12mbps on most. My home connection is ~20mbps and I remembered I was connected through PIA (exiting in my home city) and decided to disconnect to see if I would see much increase. To my surprise, the average dropped to 5-8mbps.
I ran tests on speedtest.net with my VPN on and off and it didn’t have much impact on speed. Both tests came out about ~12mbps.
Does anyone have any clues as to what is happening here?