IPVanish Review 2022

Wanna see is How quick IPVanish download and upload speed? How well does it work on Netflix? How good is it for torrenting? Are there differences in these options for different regions?

We provide answers to all the questions in this IPVanish Review.

Our tests include connection test, download speed, upload speed test, torrenting, streaming. Finally, we contacted customer support for any issue that we encountered.

Our key finding about IPVanish

🌍Country of IncorporationUSA
🖥️Number of Countries70+
🖥️Number of Server Location82
🖥️Number of Servers2000+
💰PriceUS$10.99 per month
⤵️Download Speedavg. 12.23
⤴️Upload Speedavg. 20.75
🔒Dedicated IPYes
📱 Multiple Devices5
📺NetflixYes, unblocked successfully
📥TorrentingYes
💻Operation SystemiOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux
🌐Browser extensionChrome, Firefox, Edge
🇨🇳 Does it work in ChinaYes
🆓Free TrialYes, full refund within 30 days
👩‍💼Live Chat Support7/24/365

Servers and Locations

IPVanish offers 82 server locations across 70 countries. IPVanish also maintains servers for some countries with repressive internet policies, including Turkey and Vietnam. Mainly, IPVanish servers are located in English-speaking (USA) and European states. In general, coverage is good for the rest of the world (the only exception is Africa).

There are 2000+ geographically dispersed servers. However, it does not mean that users will get a great upload or download speed from each of them.

IPVanishIndustry average
Number of Countries70+60
Number of Server Locations82120
Number of Servers20001000

In general, the IPVanish number of servers and locations is more than the industry average. It is better because it makes it possible to provide a bigger download and upload speed. But these benefits are unique to regions with many servers.

Totally, the table below presents the distribution of servers for regions.

North AmericaEuropeAsiaOceaniaAfricaSouth America
Number of Servers
1283
5358873631
Number of Server Locations223810615
Number of Countries4319115
Prevailed CountryUSAUnited KingdomJapanAustraliaSouth AfricaBrazil

Speed Test

VPN usage slows the Internet connection due to processing data using a VPN server. Besides, the distance to the server and the encryption protocol have an impact. Here we studied the following options: download, upload, and ping speeds for the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. We tested download, upload, and ping speeds. The upload and download speeds are measured in Mbps.

Download speed

We tested 50 downloads with different countries worldwide.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries93011
Number of states without test data111841
Average Download speed5.77 Mbps9.43 Mbps25.2 Mbps
Min Download speed0.88 Mbps (Costa Rica)0.96 Mbps
(Bulgaria)
0.45 Mbps
(Taiwan)
Max download speed29.53 Mbps
(USA)
65.83 Mbps
(Italy)
99.86 Mbps (South Korea)
No VPN101.53 Mbps101.53 Mbps101.53 Mbps

The average speed for the Americas was 5.77 Mbps, for Europe – 9.43 Mbps, and Asia Pacific – 25.2 Mbps. We observed significant variation in these data across countries. This fact explains the low average download speed. In particular, the minimal download speed for the Americas was 0.88 (Costa Rica), for Europe – 9.43 Mbps (Bulgaria), and Asia Pacific – 25.9 Mbps (Taiwan). The quickest connection in the world was 99.86 Mbps (South Korea, Asia Pacific). The average download speed for all tested countries was 12.23 Mbps.

IPVanish Download speed

Header LabelCountryDownload
QuickestSouth Korea, Asia Pacific99.86 Mbps
QuickestCosta Rica, Americas0.88 Mbps
Average (all countries)12.23 Mbps
No VPN Connected101.53 Mbps

IPVanish Download speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header LabelIPVanishNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest99.86 Mbps
Slowest0.88 Mbps
Average (all countries)12.23Mbps

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, and prices.

Upload Speed

The next tested option was upload speed. This option is significant for videos, posts, sharing of files, etc. It should be noted that the download and upload speeds are not comparable options, as far as the download speed is considerably quick.

We tested 50 uploads with different countries worldwide for IPVanish used and for no VPN.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested states93011
Number states without test data111841
Average Upload speed35.16 Mbps31.97 Mbps21.40 Mbps
Min Upload speed28.08 Mbps
(Costa Rica)
0.27 Mbps
(Finland)
3.17 Mbps
(Singapore)
Max upload speed37.3 Mbps
(Colombia)
40.95 Mbps
(Slovenia)
39.16 Mbps
(Australia)
No VPN42.32 Mbps42.32 Mbps42.32 Mbps

The average upload speed for the Americas was 35.16 Mbps, for Europe – 31.97 Mbps, and Asia Pacific – 21.402 Mbps. The minimal upload speed for the Americas was 28.08 (Costa Rica), for Europe – 0.27 Mbps (Finland), and for the Asia Pacific – 3.17 Mbps (Singapore, Asia Pacific). The quickest connection for all countries was 40.95 Mbps (Slovenia, Europe)– close to the no VPN usage upload speed.

IPVanish Upload speed

Header LabelCountryDownload
QuickestSlovenia, Europe40.95 Mbps
SlowestFinland, Europe3.17 Mbps
Average (all countries)17.73 Mbps
No VPN Connected33.83 Mbps

IPVanish Upload speed compares to average (for regions)*

Header LabelIPVanishNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest40.95 Mbps
Slowest0.27 Mbps
Average (all countries)17.73 Mbps

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, and prices.

The figures below depict test data in the context of regions and countries.

To sum it up, the best results refer to the USA. It can be explained by the fact that most servers are placed in the USA. 

Ping time out

Ping is also directly related to the remoteness of the server: the farther it is physically, the greater the delay. Experienced users know that the lower the ping, the better. This indicator is measured in milliseconds (ms) and indicates when one computer or server receives information from another device.

Generally, using the VPN will increase your ping speed. The only pedantic exception is when the servers are located near the user.

The excellent ping latency is less than 40ms — average or tolerable value – from 40 to 110 ms. An average ping is a visual confirmation that a particular network element is working correctly. This option depends on the quality of coverage of the provider and the load on the network.

IPVanish ping speed, ms

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Quickest217
(Mexico)
184
(Italy)
50
(Singapore)
Slowest400
(Bolivia)
254
(Iceland)
334
(India)
Average227.48228.87176.6
No VPN connection171717

IPVanish ping speed compared to other VPNs

Header labelCountryPing
QuickestSingapore50 ms
SlowestBolivia400 ms
OverallAll countries 400 ms
No VPN connectionAll countries17

IPVanish ping speed compared to the industry average

Header LabelIPVanishOther VPN avgDifference
Quickest50 ms
(Singapore)
65.83 ms-32%
Slowest400 ms
(Bolivia)
65.83 ms+515%
Overall227.4865.83 ms+245%

IPVanish outperforms the other VPNs in ping speed by the quickest of 227.48 ms.

DNS Leak Test

A DNS leak is a vulnerability that allows somebody to access your online activities. Typically, your device connects to the Internet through an ISP-provided DNS server. As a consequence, the provider has access to all your activities. This, of course, threatens your privacy, and the best way to protect yourself from this is to use a VPN.

A DNS leak is a vulnerability that allows third parties to access your online activities. Third parties (your provider, your employer) may access the resources you have visited. Attackers can use this information to launch phishing attacks or inject malicious code.

No VPN connectedVPN connected (IPVanish)DNS leak test
172.253.237.2
(Central, Hong Kong)
216.131.105.196
(Boston, United States)
Good
173.194.93.7
(Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.179.133
(Hong Kong)
74.125.186.194
(Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.186.195
(Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.41.69
(Taipei, Taiwan)

Our DNS leak test was successful with IPVanish. NO DNS leaks were detected.

Streaming

Unfortunately, IPVanish does not work outside the USA. In our tests, the test speed was 1080 p. This way, IPVanish makes it possible to watch Ultra HD (4K).

Netflix

VPNs unblock the streaming platform, in particular Netflix. Here we studied IPVanish for Netflix, considering the following options: Library, Streaming buffer, Streaming quality. We selected one country from each region. The table below shows our testing data.

We only were able to unblock the USA library. This way, the libraries in the UK, Japan, and South Korea were not unblocked – so our attempts were not successful. For the stream buffer (for the USA only), it took 5 seconds to start a video with the quality of 1080p HD.

Header labelIPVanish – LibraryIPVanish – Streaming bufferIPVanish – Streaming quality
Americas
United Statesyes51080p
Europe
United KingdomNO
Asia Pacific
JapanNO
South KoreaNO

IPVanish not working with Netflix

Unfortunately, IPVanish does not work outside the USA. In our tests, the test speed was 1080 p. This way, IPVanish makes it possible to watch Ultra HD (4K).

Torrenting

It would help if you had a VPN to torrent, as torrenting without a secure VPN service leaves you at risk of all kinds of privacy.

IPVanish is a safe VPN service that will hide your torrent. It encrypts passing traffic, and the operator passes it without restrictions. To download a torrent via VPN, you need to set up a VPN server on your router or use special VNP applications for Windows and Mac computers.

IPVanish is supported by all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux. 

You can even install the IPVanish app directly on your router!

BitTorrent with IPVanish

Here we present data for BitTorrent. To test IPVanish’s torrenting performance, we used BitTorrent to download the movie of 3.5 GB. Here we observed the download speed of 197.6 kB/s with only 0.878 seeders. So, the 3.5 GB file was completed within 8h 49 min. It is not a great result we’d like to say.

BitTorrent with IPVanish

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
IPVanish3.5 GB0.219197.6 kB/s8h 49 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.8782.1 Mbps11 min

 

uTorrent with IPVanish

To provide the close conditions, we downloaded the file of the same size for 2h 2min. There were 0.75seeders, and we observed a download speed of 573.9 kb/s.

uTorrent with IPVanish

File sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
3.5 GB0.75573.9 kb/s2h 2min

uTorrent with other VPNs

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
IPVanish3.5 GB0.75573.9 kb/s2h 2min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.2192.1 Mbps22 min

Router

IPVanish has a native app for routers, along with manual configuration on selected devices.

Best Router for IPVanish

IPVanish kills switch and splits tunneling. The guide was detailed and super helpful. Thus, there were problems with installation at all. Here is a list of the best routers for IPVanish:

  • Netgear R6400 – Best Router with IPVanish for apartment/ 1-4 Devices.
  • Linksys WRT3200ACM – Best Router with IPVanish for small home/ 9-12 Devices.
  • Asus RT-AC5300 – Best Router with IPVanish for large home/ 12+ Devices.

IPVanish Router Specs

Protocols: OpenVPN

Encryption: AES 256

Firmware: DD-WRT ( DD-WRT v2 and v3, Tomato, Asus-WRT, Merlin)

IPVanish Router App

The benefits of the app installation are the following:

  • permanent protection and anonymity (even if you forget to turn it off);
  • home network security (for all devices);
  • protection of devices that don’t support VPN;
  • more connected devices.

Best Routers for IPVanish

  • Netgear R6400. Best for: Apartment/ 1-4 Devices.
  • Linksys WRT3200ACM. Best for: Small Home/ 9-12 Devices.
  • Asus RT-AC5300. Best for: Large Home/ 12+ Devices.
Netgear RoutersLinksys RoutersAsus Routers
Netgear R6400сAsus RT-AC5300
Netgear Nighthawk R7000Linksys WRT54GAsus RT-AC68U
Netgear Nighthawk AX4Linksys WRT32XASUS RT-AX82U
Asus RT-N66U

IPVanish uses the OpenVPN Protocol, AES 256 Encryption, and DD-WRT software.

IPVanish Installed Router List

The most convenient way to have a VPN installed is to buy a router with IPVanish preinstalled. You can find several routers with the firmware already configured for you on the IPVans

Netgear RoutersLinksys RoutersAsus Routers
Netgear R6400Linksys WRT3200ACMAsus RT-AC5300

Router Manually setup

You can also manually install IPVanish on routers of different models. The best-effort support is provided for router models from Asus, DD-WRT, and Tomato.

But manual configuration takes time and needs some experience and effort. Therefore, you will be only to switch IPs. IPVanush may be configurator through your browser.

  • Asus
  • Belkin
  • Buffalo
  • Lynksys (Cisco)
  • D-Link

Browser extension

IPVanish does not provide browser extensions including Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

Devices and Operating Systems

IPVanish single subscription can be used simultaneously on ten devices, regardless of platform (including virtual machines). You may install IPVanish on any number of devices, but only ten devices can be connected at any one time.

IPVanish makes its VPN app available in these devices and operating systems including

  • PC & Windows
    • Windows 10, Windows 8.1
  • MacBook
    • macOS: 10.11 and up (macOS Big Sur (11), macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Sierra (10.12), OS X El Capitan (10.11), OS X Yosemite (10.10)
  • iPhone & iPad
    • iOS 10 and up
  • Android devices
    • Android: 5.0 and up to the latest stable non-alpha/beta version
  • Linux: Debian or RedHat-based distros
  • Router Firmware: DD-WRT v2 and v3, Tomato, Asus-WRT, Merlin

TV

IPVanish is compatible with a wide range of smart TVs and streaming devices. Smart TV = TV + Internet + Applications.

The main advantage of Smart TV is the opportunity to watch additional content. Smart TV gives an access to your favorite services such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, music streaming services, and even gaming and sports content.

IPVanish is compatible with the following smart TVs:

  • Amazon FireStick TV
  • Apple TV & 4K (additional hardware is required)
  • Smart TV
  • Fire TV
  • Samsung TV
  • Roku TV (additional hardware is required)
  • Youtube TV
  • Other Android TVs

Price

IPVanish offers 3 different subscription plans.

  • Subscription for 1 month –  $10.99;
  • Subscription for 3 months – $29.99, which is $9.99 per month;
  • Subscription for 12 months – $89.99, which is $7.49 per month;
PlanIPVanishIndustry AvgDifference
1 monthUS$10.99US$9.00+22%
3 monthsUS$9.99US$8.00+25%
12 monthUS$7.49US$5.00+49.8%

IPVanish price is higher than the industry avg. It does make sense since it offers way more servers and the speed is faster.

Discount

IPVanish offers an official IPVanish coupon. It means 12 months (year) usage of IPVanish for $49.99. The discount is 65% off the regular yearly price! No other website has a lower offer for IPVanish.

Free Trial

IPVanish does not offer a free trial at this time. But if you sign up for a yearly or 2-year plan on the official website, IPVanish offers a 30-day money-back guarantee instead.

Customer support

And some words on customer support. IPVanish provides 365/24/7 customer support. The maximum time of our waiting was 10 seconds and the reply speed. Speaking on the quality of the answer, we’d like to say that we were disappointed as there is NO cancel payment.

Header labelIPVanishIndustry AVGDifference
Connect to an agency9 second10 second10% Slower
Reply speed10 second15 second75% Quicker
Quality of the answerNO cancel paymentGood

Conclusion

IPVanish demonstrates the best result for the USA. We explain this because the majority of IPVanish servers are located in the USA. However, test results are pretty high for all countries. If these results are extended to all countries, we note that IPVanish is a High-quality service with maximum security and anonymity options, without annoying marketing tricks. The service provides many useful features for its customers and can rightfully be considered private and secure.

FAQ

  1. What is IPVanish?

IPVanish is a VPN (virtual private net). VPN is a generalized name for technologies that allow you to provide one or more network connections (logical network) on top of another network (i.e., the Internet).

2. How to cancel IPVanish?

Open the Settings app.

Tap Network & Internet Advanced features VPN settings. If there is no such option, look for the “VPN settings” section.

Next to the desired VPN network, tap the settings icon. Click the switch to disconnect from the VPN network.

3. IPVanish how many devices?

According to the official site, the list of unblocked platforms comprises the following platforms: Windows, macOS, iOs, Android, Fire TV, Windows Phone, Linus, Chromebook, and Routers.

4. How much is IPVanish?

The subscription plans include: 

  1. VPN Monthly –  $10.99 per month
  2. VPN Quarterly – $29.99 per 3 months
  3. VPN Yearly – $89.99 per year

5. How to use IPVanish?

To connect to a VPN network, you need to have a working internet connection. Users configure the PN clients on the popular platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) as download, install, run.

6. What does IPVanish do?

When a user enters the network, his device is assigned a unique IP address. It allows third parties to identify it and spy on it – see what sites it opens, what information it searches for in search engines, what it buys, and so on.

When VPN is activated, the original IP address becomes invisible. Instead, the virtual private network address is displayed.

7. How does IPVanish work?

A VPN connection is a so-called tunnel between a user’s computer and a server computer. Each node encrypts the data before it enters the tunnel. You connect to the VPN, the system identifies your network and starts authentication (compares the entered password with the password in its database).

Next, the server authorizes you. It grants you the right to perform specific actions: reading mail, surfing the Internet, etc. Once a connection is established, all traffic between your PC and the server is encrypted. Your PC has an IP address provided by your ISP. This IP blocks access to some sites. The VPN server changes your IP to its own. Already from the VPN server, all data is transferred to the external resources you request. Now you can view any resources and not be tracked. When you connect to the Internet without a VPN, your computer’s IP is public, as is the location. When connecting via VPN, the user’s IP address should show a different IP address in addition to the different location.

8. Which protocol does IPVanish use on Windows?

IPVanish uses the following protocols WireGuard®, IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange Protocol Version 2), L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol), PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol).

 9.     How do I know if IPVanish is working?

First of all, to conduct a VPN test, you need to make sure that you are correctly connected to the Internet service and then to the VPN. Hence, what you should check when performing a VPN test is to check the IP. When you connect to the Internet without a VPN, your computer’s IP is public, as is the location. When connecting via VPN, the user’s IP address should show a different IP address and a different location.

10.  How to use IPVanish on Fire Stick

According to the official site, the following is required for IPVanish VPN to work with the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire Stick:

  • A secure IPVanish VPN connection;
  • An internet connection;
  • Amazon Fire TV or Amazon 2nd Generation or later Fire Stick.

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