Although KeepSolid's performance isn’t as consistently good at it once was, it's VPN Unlimited subscriptions offers have a wide range of clients and set-up instructions for various devices and operating systems, including routers, albeit with below-average transfer speeds.
- Wide range of supported devices
- Good range of endpoint countries
- Streams Netflix and BBC iPlayer
- Keeps some logs
- Below-average transfer speeds
- Review Price: £45.43
- Five to 10 simultaneous connections
- UK pricing: Five devices: £7.57 per month, £45.43 per year, £75.62 per three years, £151.45 lifetime subscription/Ten devices: £11.35 per month, £68.15 per year, £113.59 per three years, £227.19 lifetime subscription
- US pricing: Five devices: $9.99 per month, $59.99 per year, $99.99 per three years, $199.99 lifetime subscription/Ten devices: $14.99 per month, $89.99 per year, $149.99 per three years, $299.99 lifetime
- Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
- Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox
- Supports OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, KeepSolid Wise, PPTP protocols
Based in Ukraine, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a reliable and well-established virtual private network (VPN) service with a stated strong focus on privacy and freedom of information. However, it’s worth noting that the company keeps some records of connected devices and data consumption.
A lifetime subscription deal that usually costs £227.19 is, at the time of writing, available from StackSocial for $39 – just £29.86. That’s incredibly cost-effective by any measure, but it’s likely to be fleeting and you’ll want to take a good look at whether the service’s speed and streaming capabilities meet your requirements. Its performance in our latest tests isn’t particularly remarkable
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KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Features and usability
The latest version of KeepSolid’s Windows client provides a streamlined connection screen with a button to select your desired endpoint. A map displays endpoint locations and the geographic route between your physical and virtual location.
Hit the endpoint selection button and, by default, you’re shown your favourites list. This is initially populated solely by the default optimal server selection option, followed by a list of all endpoint countries, then specialist endpoints for torrenting and region-shifting for streaming video services such as Netflix US and BBC iPlayer. You can also select and connect to a server from the notification area icon right-click menu.
KeepSolid’s other settings allow you to switch from the Windows client’s default IKEv2 connection protocol to OpenVPN or KeepSolid’s – somewhat slower – Wise protocol, which the firm says offers “ultimate protection.” There’s also a kill switch to cut off all traffic if the VPN goes down, a run-on start-up setting and a Trusted Networks whitelist to which you can add specific Wi-Fi networks.
VPN Unlimited has a few quirks. A standard subscription allows you to register a maximum of seven devices with your account, and up to five of those can be connected at any given time. However, every device you connect is registered, and once you’ve connected seven, you have to remove an existing device from your account via KeepSolid’s website. To further complicate this, you can only remove one registered device from your account every seven days.
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited – Performance
|KeepSolid VPN Unlimited HTTP||60.96Mbps||88.72Mbps||32.80Mbps|
|KeepSolid VPN Unlimited FTP||23.50Mbps||107.46Mbps||28.78Mbps|
Average HTTP download speeds for the January 2020 VPN group test, measured from a test system in the UK with a high-speed fibre connection, were 81.41Mbps from UK endpoints, 89.42Mbps for the Netherlands and 43.02Mbps from the US.
Although VPN Unlimited’s HTTP performance via a high-speed fibre connection was fast enough for pretty much anything you’d want to do online, it didn’t make it above the group test average at any point. Its UK performance was particularly poor, while US and Netherlands transfer speeds were but a little below average.
KeepSolid has endpoints in 54 countries, including specialised servers designed to allow you to watch streaming video services undetected. This allowed me to watch Netflix US, Shudder and BBC iPlayer but, as usual, All 4 noticed that was using a VPN.
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Should you buy KeepSolid VPN Unlimited?
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has some great value subscription offers, further boosted by a recent resurgence in the value of the British pound. A five-device subscription costs £7.57 per month, £45.43 per year, £75.62 every three years or £151.45 for a lifetime subscription. The company allows anonymous payment using bitcoin.
Although its performance isn’t as consistently good at it once was, VPN Unlimited still offers a wide range of clients and set-up instructions for various devices and operating systems, including routers.
If you can get a long-term subscription at a substantial discount, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited may well be worth your while, even though it’s a little on the slow side. However, our review score is not based on that, as offers of this kind are transient.
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