UK VPN – PPTP vs L2TP vs OpenVPN – Which is best?

www.watchuktv.co.uk provide UK and US VPN services to thousands of subscribers globally. We have numerous servers located in data centres in numerous locations in the UK and the USA to ensure that you, our subscribers get the best possible connections via your ISP’s chosen route to the UK. The easiest and most effective way to increase your throughput is to to toggle between the different servers available (see welcome email for all adresses) and to choose between the different connection types available, details of these are below:

PPTP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-to-Point_Tunneling_Protocol

The Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is a method for implementing virtual private networks (VPN). PPTP uses a control channel over TCP and a GRE tunnel operating to encapsulate PPP packets.

The PPTP specification does not describe encryption or authentication features and relies on the PPP protocol being tunneled to implement security functionality. However the most common PPTP implementation, shipping with the Microsoft Windows product families, implements various levels of authentication and encryption natively as standard features of the Windows PPTP stack. The intended use of this protocol is to provide similar levels of security and remote access as typical VPN products.

 

L2TP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layer_2_Tunneling_Protocol

In computer networkingLayer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is a tunneling protocol used to support virtual private networks (VPNs) or as part of the delivery of services by ISPs. It does not provide anyencryption or confidentiality by itself; it relies on an encryption protocol that it passes within the tunnel to provide privacy.

OpenVPN: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenVPN

OpenVPN is an open source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol[2] that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. It is capable of traversing network address translators (NATs) and firewalls. It was written by James Yonan and is published under the GNU General Public License (GPL).[3]

OpenVPN allows peers to authenticate each other using a pre-shared secret keycertificates, or username/password. When used in a multiclient-server configuration, it allows the server to release an authentication certificate for every client, using signature and Certificate authority. It uses the OpenSSLencryption library extensively, as well as the SSLv3/TLSv1 protocol, and contains many security and control features.

Which combination of protocol and server works best for you is down to you, the user,  testing from your own location. Due to the hundreds of countries we support and the hundreds of ISP’s each country uses across the world it is not possible to recommend what is best but it is relatively easy for you to change to suit you needs.

We will do our best to help, our guide page is located here www.watchuktv.co.uk/guides which will give you a start. Alternately check out our knowledge base for further info, or just drop us a mail.

Thanks for reading,

Jason

www.watchuktv.co.uk

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