UseNetServer VPN Review

UseNetServer now offers VPN access as an optional add-on to their popular Usenet service.  They went a step further in offering our readers free VPN with the UNS High-Speed Plus Special.  You can enjoy free VPN access by signing up for a year of unlimited Usenet for $95.40.  That works out to just $7.95 a month for unlimited Usenet and VPN.  In a moment I’ll show you just how much value the VPN adds to your account.

UseNetServer VPN Deal

I’ve looked at hundreds of VPN services over the years for our review site so I know what to look for in a good VPN service.  I can tell you with 100% certainty that UNS is offering access to one of the best VPN networks in the world.  This isn’t just a cheap add-on to their existing Usenet offering.  It’s fast, reliable VPN access as you’ll see in just a moment.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a VPN service with better performance.

I won’t bore you with too many technical details.  Just the basics.  The UseNetServer VPN service offers free client software for Windows and Mac users.  The VPN uses 256-bit AES encryption to secure your data and ensure your online privacy.  Members have access to 70 servers in 17 countries around the world.

Here’s a full list of server locations:

  • United States – Ashburn, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Jose, Seattle.
  • United Kingdom – London
  • Netherlands – Amsterdam (10 servers)
  • Australia – Sydney
  • Belgium – Brussels
  • Brazil – Sao Paulo
  • Denmark – Copenhagen
  • France – Paris
  • Germany – Frankfurt
  • Hungary – Budapest
  • Japan – Tokyo
  • Poland – Warsaw
  • Singapore – Singapore
  • South Korea – Seuol
  • Spain – Madrid
  • Sweden – Stockholm
  • Switzerland – Zurich

Let’s start by answering some common questions I think our readers might have about the UNS VPN:

1.  Do you need a VPN to secure your Usenet account?

No.  UNS includes SSL with their high-speed plus plan so you don’t need VPN for Usenet.

2.  If you don’t need VPN for Usenet then why add it?

A good VPN can help stop your ISP from throttling or spying on you, block advertisers from following you online, protect you on Wi-Fi hotspots and unblock content restrictions around the world.  That’s just a few of the benefits a good VPN like UNS has to offer.

3.  Does UseNetServer log VPN usage?

UNS doesn’t record, monitor or store logs of your VPN activity.

4.  Does the UNS VPN allow P2P / torrent access?

Yes, UseNetServer allows P2P traffic on their network.

5.  How many connections does UNS allow for their VPN?

Install the VPN software on as many computers as you like and connect on up to two devices at a time.

6.  Does UNS VPN include NAT firewall?

Yes, UNS includes NAT firewall free of charge to all VPN users.

Now that we have a few questions out of the way let’s dive right into UseNetServer’s VPN service.  I started by installing the free UNS client software on my Windows 8 system.  Here’s a look at the user interface:

UseNetServer VPN client

As you can see I connected to a UNS VPN server in Amsterdam.  The software is very easy to use.  I simply chose the server I wanted to connect to along with the protocol and clicked connect.  Without going into too much detail I would suggest using OpenVPN (TCP or UDP) for the highest level of encryption.  I get the best performance using OpenVPN UDP for streaming sites like Netflix or BBC iPlayer.

Performance was very good on the servers I connected to which included locations in the United States, Canada and throughout Europe.  You can expect any VPN to reduce your Internet speed some as the data is encrypted.  With that said UNS does an excellent job with a minimal hit to performance.  If you experience slower speeds when accessing content from sites like Netflix the VPN will stop the ISP throttling and actually increase your connection speed.  It can make a huge difference when you’re trying to stream movies and tv shows.

As you can see UseNetServer put a lot of time and effort into it’s VPN offering.  It stands alone as one of the best values in the VPN space.  Getting it free with their $95 annual UNS deal is by far the best value in Usenet as well.  I highly recommend the service.  If you can afford the annual account it will save you a lot over purchasing Usenet and VPN separately.  If not you can always add VPN to any UNS plan at a very reasonable price.

Sign up for the UNS High-Speed Plus Promo to try UNS VPN.  Annual sign ups include free VPN service.