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How Fast Can A Vpn Go?


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#1 bentheimmigrant

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:14 AM

Someone I know wants to access a site which only has the full features if you live outside of the country I am in (how ambiguous is that sentence?). Basically it involves streaming video (sport by the way - before you start getting ideas)... So what I'm wondering is, if we can get a friend in another country to set up a VPN, would we be able to use that to connect to the site and thus tell it that we're outside the country? And will a VPN be able to handle the demands of video streaming?

I know I haven't given you many specifics, but I don't know who we'd ask yet to set up the VPN, and so I don't know what kind up up/down speed they'd have.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 10:49 AM

It depends completely on the bandwidth available at each location. In a VPN, the slowest connection at any point makes that the speed for the entire connection. It may hande video, it may not.

Tell your friend that he may want to use tor. It routes the connection through a large body of computers to ensure privacy.
The one problem with using a VPN for what you describe is that most web browsers put identifiable information in the HTTP header. Tor and Privoxy (detailed on the tor site) get around all that.
http://www.torproject.org/

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 06:53 AM

Thanks... I'll see if tor works for this... It would be great.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 05:36 PM

Turns out tor was unsuccessful for whatever reasons... Just got Firefox mad. So after a lot of Google-age, I came across Charon, made by a guy called Rhino. It finds IPs for you, tells you where they're from and if they're anonymous. All you have to do is tell your browser to run through that IP as a proxy and hey presto, you're logging in from china (even got Google errors in Chinese).

Thanks for getting me headed down the right path...

And if anyone's interested in Charon... click here

I found the search for IPs went on forever, and never displayed them. It's easier to join an IP archive forum (who knew they'd be out there?) and load lists from them and have Charon check through for anonymous ones, and compare the speed and ping of all the IPs... Exciting stuff.




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