This is a common issue when connecting to Wi-Fi with a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Many users experience a slowdown in the connection speed and even lose internet connectivity completely. It seems that every time a new version of the Android app or firmware update is released for smartphones and tablets, this issue rears its ugly head and causes havoc for users.
The reason for this is that most VPNs are connected to the internet through a single point of connection. This point of connection is usually a regular Wi-Fi router, or alternatively, a WiFi hotspot provided by a mobile network operator.
Even if a VPN is set to automatically reconnect whenever internet connectivity is lost, a long pause in the connection speed is often unavoidable. This is because the moment the connection is lost, a verification process kicks in to ensure the security of the connection. This process often takes a few seconds or more.
To avoid this, you can configure your VPN to use two separate connections. One is for the actual transfer of data, which we’ll call the “Data Connection”. The other is made for maintaining the connection whenever the internet connection is available. This second connection will be called the “Quick Connection” and is often implemented using the “PPP over LTE” (LTE is an acronym for Long-Term Evolution) protocol. (Note: some providers do NOT charge you for the Quick Connection, so you may want to consider using it.)
This setup has several advantages. The first is that you won’t experience any slowdowns when using the VPN. The second is that you’ll always be able to reach the internet even if you lose your VPN connection. The last advantage is that you don’t use up more bandwidth because the connections are separate and do not overlap. Essentially, setting up a VPN with two connections uses less bandwidth than using a single connection. This is because both Data and Quick Connections are used less often when there is no internet connection. Finally, the VPN is more likely to stay connected because there is always another option (LTE) should one connection drop out.
How To Configure Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) On A WiFi Router
If you’re using an ordinary WiFi router to provide internet connectivity for your house or office, you already have ICS configured. ICS stands for internet connection sharing, and is an alternative to setting up a standalone broadband router (also known as a “gateway” or “hotspot”).
With ICS, all of your networked devices (e.g., laptops, tablets, and smartphones) can share the internet connection. This is in contrast to a gateway, which is only able to provide internet access to one device at a time.
To prevent the overuse of your internet connection, you can limit the number of devices that can connect to the internet through the ICS setting on your WiFi router.
If you have a WiFi router from Google’s XS network, you can use the Google WiFi app to manage the ICS settings. Simply open the app and select your WiFi network from the list. Once the network is selected, you’ll see a blue connection light next to it. If you see a yellow dot next to the network’s name, that means the network is unstable and could potentially disconnect at any time. Wait until the connection is stable before continuing.
How To Configure VPN With Two Separate Internet Connections
If you’re wondering how to set up a VPN with two separate connections, you’re in the right place. The first step is to make sure you have a WiFi router with two ethernet ports (one that supports UPnP and another that supports NAT-PMP).
You’ll also need a computer or device to act as the VPN server. Most companies that provide VPN services will give you a free trial, so you can test out their services without committing to a full subscription. You should download the VPN app to your phone and set it to connect to the free trial server. (If you do not have a dedicated device, you can use a smartphone or laptop.)
Once you have the VPN server set up, it’s time to move onto the next step. From your phone, open the VPN app and set it to connect to the provider’s server. If you’re using a Google WiFi router, you can use the Google App to set up a VPN connection through the Google Assistant in your Android phone or tablet. After the connection is established, you can use the Google WiFi app to connect to the internet through the VPN. A benefit of this setup is that you don’t need to remember to manually switch your WiFi connection between uses. Once you switch back to the original network, the VPN connection will automatically disconnect and reconnect whenever you use it. There is also a configuration option in most VPN apps that allows you to connect to a specific network instead of connecting to “Auto DHCP”. Using this option can prevent you from connecting to untrusted networks. Finally, keep in mind that many mobile data plans have a limited monthly data allowance. So, if you go over your allotted data, you’ll start getting charged for excess data use. To avoid this, you can use the Google WiFi app to set up a Hotspot, which provides a free data plan for up to five devices.
To summarize, using a VPN with two separate connections is the best way to ensure your internet connection stays fast and stable whenever you’re connected to a WiFi network. It also prevents you from using up all of your data allowance whenever you connect to an untrusted network. Setting up a separate internet connection for your VPN is fairly easy, and it makes using a VPN more convenient because you don’t need to worry about your data connection deteriorating whenever you use the VPN. This is particularly useful if you’re using a public WiFi network because you don’t want your data to be easily sniffed by others.