You’ve either already signed up and are using a VPN or are considering signing up to LiquidVPN. Just between us we know that they offer one of the best VPN services on the market but little did you know they also offer some great additional features that aren’t available at some of the lesser providers. The features include such items like a built in Speed Test on the all of their servers (not inc. UK & Germany) and the ability to check the server load of each server plus further gems.
In this guide I’m going to show you how to access these features and more importantly why you may want to make use of them.
VPN Server Speed Test :
When using a VPN server one of the most critical components is the speed achievable, for users with fast internet connections this is imperative but regardless of the speed of your internet the speed of your actual connection to the server is one of the aspects that will either make or break your user experience. Luckily LiquidVPN are one of those providers who don’t overload servers nor do they oversubscribe which can lead to substandard speeds, disconnections and other nasty surprises that can ruin your enjoyment. Who wants to get half way through an episode on Hulu or BBC iPlayer only to have it start buffering or even worse, stop completely! Exactly.
The speed test feature is easily accessible from inside the LiquidVPN Viscosity software which makes it handy and quick to access. Those who are concerned about download speed should make this their number one port of call when first connected to a server.
On Windows and Mac systems simply right click on the Liquid Vicosity icon in the notification area and select the option in the bottom half of the menu that appears entitled VPN Speed Test. Your default browser will automatically open and present you with the LiquidVPN custom speed test website. From here you can begin the VPN server speed test by left clicking Begin Test. The test will begin and give you an indication of the speed of connection from yourself to the VPN server. This is a good guideline speed that can be achieved when conditions are right to other services however speeds may vary depending on the task you’re completing or the location you’re attempting to download from, this is usual internet protocol but with the test satisfactory you can at least rule out any issues with the speed of connection from yourself to the VPN server.
If you’re using a VPN via OpenVPN directly or one of the other protocols that you’ve set up yourself or even via another system such as Android then you can access the speed test directly by entering the following URL in to your web browser :-
Finally if you’re connected to a VPN server that the built in speed test is not currently enabled on you can still do a third party speed test by selecting the testing server that is available closest once connected to the VPN server by visiting the following URL :-
One notable false-positive to be aware of is any test result that is given higher than your actual internet speed, this usually happens more so on the upload result but is possible on the download on occasion and is a result of the compression used when connected to the VPN server and although it would be nice to achieve speeds greater than your actual internet connection speed unfortunately it is only a false-positive result.
By cycling through the various servers this is an ideal way of doing a VPN speed comparison to find the best VPN server for your own needs.
VPN Server Load :
Although actual VPN Server Load is less imperative to the end user it is worthwhile checking. Although LiquidVPN constantly monitor their servers to ensure that there is not only enough bandwidth available they also monitor if there are enough physical resources available so as to not impact on your actual usage experience. One way to check you’re getting not only the best possible experience but also to hold them to task is to check the VPN Server Load.
This information is available to users which means if you have two favourite servers you have the ability to select a server that is under less load. While this is not necessary as such it is nice to have the ability to make use of a less utilised VPN server and also to make sure that you’re getting your monies worth by not being crowded on to servers like sheep in a pen.
Follow the steps below to check the VPN server load over the range of VPN servers.
Visit the LiquidVPN Client Area.
Login with your Client Area Login & Password (this is not your VPN login / password).
On the left hand side select VPN Management.
Select the bottom option Server Status.
From this area you can see the server load of each VPN server across the LiquidVPN network.
DNS Leak Test :
Although many users are aware of the importance of using a VPN to protect not only their privacy and security by encrypting their connection another area of concern to be aware of is DNS Leaks. What is a DNS Leak can be explained by following the link and while I won’t elaborate on what one is in a nutshell there is an opportunity for either your ISP or a third party to record which sites you visit. While they can’t actually see what content you’re viewing they can log the site name and while this may not seem overly sensitive depending on the name of the site it could give an indication of the types of material you’re reading up on.
While having the fact that you visited Google.com logged isn’t such a problem it is a slightly different ball game if you’re visiting a site such as HerpesTreatment.com or PenisEnlargement.com – not that I know if either of those actually exist, just as handy examples! In fact regardless of what sites you visit why should anyone other than yourself be able to be aware of that fact and invade on your privacy?
One of the sweet new features at LiquidVPN is the introduction of custom DNS servers which are not only encrypted but also do not log which sites you’re visiting. Firstly you want to check if you actually have a DNS leak which can be achieved easily on the Liquid Viscosity software by right clicking on the Liquid Viscosity icon in the notification area and selecting Leak Test. If you’re making connection directly you can visit the following URL directly :-
From this page either the Standard or Extended test is sufficient although the later is more thorough but either will be able to pick up a DNS leak.
Upon running the test one of the most critical servers to look out for are any supplied by your ISP. Less critical are those provided by Google although these can and most likely do log your site access and so upon discovering a leak it is imperative for your privacy to ensure this DNS leak is plugged.
When making use of the Liquid Viscosity software or any software based on OpenVPN DNS servers on all servers are automatically configured to make use of the LiquidVPN DNS servers and so no leaking should occur although it is always beneficial to double check this yourself.
If you’re not using the custom software then it is still possible to use LiquidVPN’s DNS servers and you should refer to the manual for your operating system in regard to how to alter the DNS servers used manually and make use of the servers and instructions available here.