|reply to steiney |
Re: Some Questions From A Beginner
I'll take a shot at it (since no one else is).
1. In most instances, the use of the VPN is controlled at the OS level, specifically the network stack. If the VPN is up, and your VPN client is configured to use it as the default gateway, it will be used. If the VPN dies, the OS will continue on without it. And if/when the VPN is re-established, it will use it again. Its just how the network stack works.
2. When ppl make that statement, theyre assuming that you will be using your own VPN server at home to secure your open WiFi sessions. And in that case, yes, your download speeds are limited to your home networks upload speeds. But if youre connecting from the home or office to some internet-based VPN server (StrongVPN, HMA, etc.), then of course this doesnt apply. You should receive whatever speeds are promised by the VPN provider.
3. I have zero familiarity w/ the Mac or tunnelblick, but again, usually VPN access is controlled at the OS level via the network stack. So it tends to affect either every app, or none. You dont usually configure a VPN client on a per app basis (if thats what youre driving at).
Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it. I was a little surprised I didn't get any other responses because the overall "replies/reads" ratio for topics here looked pretty good. Oh well.
As to the questions:
1. Got it. Thank you.
2. Hmm, well that's not good then. I normally get about 20Mbits down and 3Mbits up with my ISP. But with my VPN running (BTGuard) I get 3Mbits down max and the same up. I had read somewhere about someone complaining that due to the nature of VPNs, they can only go as fast as their upload speed. I guess that was referring to going through your home computer from an open wifi. BTGuard advertises unlimited bandwidth so I guess I'm not getting what's advertised.
3. Okay, I could have sworn that I read in a few places that people had configured uTorrent (BitTorrent application) to run through their VPN. I haven't tried since I can accomplish the same goal with the VPN running globally, but I've seen in the settings for uTorrent a section for putting in proxy info. I know a proxy is different from a VPN, but one of the posts I read was from someone who had allegedly configured uTorrent to only run through their VPN.
Well thanks again for the reply.