Today I’ll be testing ExpressVPN’s App Direct connection in Windows 10. I’ve had a few comments from readers telling me what’s going on, but what’s different about this test is that I’m going to be testing it on all servers in the US via the Automatic connection protocol option. Although I’ve been using ExpressVPN for a while and know that it’s always been available, I don’t think I can get a full understanding of it without testing it.
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Speedtest Ping: 7ms; Download: 232.04Mbps; Upload: 27.65Mbps;
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ExpressVPN – Win10 APP Connection test in China:
Starting Time: Dec 2, 2020, 1:29 PM
Automatic+4 Servers (Official Recommend)：
The officially recommended method is to set the connection protocol to Automatic and then connect to the four servers that are officially optimized for wall-climbing in mainland China: Hong Kong – 4, Japan – Yokohama, Singapore – Marina Bay, USA – Los Angeles – 5.
Automatic+USA Servers (Unofficial Recommend)：
I’ve had some comments from people who said that when using the Automatic connection protocol option, in addition to the servers that are officially recommended for connection, some other servers can be connected as well. Today I’m going to run a dry run with “All servers in Auto+ USA” as a test subject, and I’m only going to test one connection per server to see how it works. If it works, great; if it doesn’t, that’s fine too. It’s an extra try.
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Auto: USA – Miami: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Los Angeles – 3: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – New Jersey – 1: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Los Angeles – 2: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – New Jersey – 3: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Seattle: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Miami – 2: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Denver: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Salt Lake City: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Tampa – 1: First success. (Time efficiency: 12s)
Speedtest Ping: 282ms; Download: 53.26Mbps; Upload: 1.29Mbps;
Auto: USA – Los Angeles – 1: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – New York – 2: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – New Jersey – 2: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Hollywood: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Dallas – 2: First success. (Time efficiency: 19s)
Speedtest Ping: 181ms; Download: 1.3Mbps; Upload: 0.3Mbps;
Auto: USA – Los Angeles: Failed. (Try once)
Auto: USA – Atlanta: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2+Random Servers (Unofficial Recommend)：
When testing the IKEv2 protocol, since the number of servers tested is limited after all, I will avoid US servers that were successfully connected by the Automatic protocol. The main reason for doing this is to see how the same server connects to the wall in both cases.
IKEv2: Canada – Vancouver: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: Canada – Montreal: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: South – Korea – 2: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: Hong Kong – 2: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: Hong Kong – 1: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: Thailand: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: Taiwan – 3: Failed. (Try once)
IKEv2: UK – Wembley: First success. (Time efficiency: 14s)
Speedtest Ping: 227ms; Download: 1.92Mbps; Upload: 1.51Mbps;
Conclusion: Today I tested ExpressVPN’s Automatic connection protocol option and IKEv2 protocol in Windows 10. There are no official recommended connection methods. IKEv2 was tested on AutoFailed servers in the U.S., and most of them connected successfully. Although the results of this test are not significant, they at least provide readers with a new connection idea. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.
The above test methods can be extrapolated to IOS, Mac, and Android devices. For Android devices without IKEv2 protocol, it would be nice to be able to connect to more servers via the Auto Connection Protocol option.
ExpressVPN Windows10 Version：9.2.0 (58)；Protocol：Auto/IKEv2
Today’s Test Score：★ ★ ★ ★ ☆