Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165481/how-to-test-if-your-isp-is-throttling-your-internet-connection/
We’ve all heard the rumors and seen occasional evidence — some Internet service providers slow down certain types of traffic, like BitTorrent traffic. Other ISPs slow down their customers’ connections if they download too much data in a month.
Wow! No shaping but it sure showed me the penalty my VPN, BTGuard, is costing me. Without it using Comcast my download averages 23.2 Mbps. With it download averages .836 Mbps. Upload isn't quite so dramatic but is also terrible. Security carries very big penalties if you have a high bandwidth connection.
Ironically using my UC's VPN gets Youtube 1080p videos that constantly pause and buffer to download and play in realtime. I'm still not sure if it's my ISP throttling my connection to Youtube or Youtube throttling speeds to my area/IP.
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