KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has plenty of features and can be bought very cheaply, even if it isn’t the fastest service around.
- Wide range of supported devices
- Good range of endpoint countries
- Generally good for media streaming
- Very cheap lifetime subscription deals available
- Poor US transfer speeds
- Multi-platform support:Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox
- 5 to 10 simultaneous connections:Can be used with multiple devices at once, which is handy if you want protection on smartphone, tablet and laptop.
Headquartered in New York, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a reliable and well-established virtual private network (VPN) service with plenty of features and some great lifetime subscription deals.
A lifetime subscription deal can be found for an absolute bargain online, but you’ll want to take a good look at whether the service’s speed and streaming capabilities meet your requirements.
Privacy and Protection
- Security hasn’t been put to the test like rival VPNs
Features and Usability
- Uses map to show endpoint locations
- Features include kill switch and Trusted Networks whitelist
KeepSolid’s upgraded Windows client takes up less screen real estate than older versions, but still shows you a map indicating your endpoint location, as well as buttons to connect and select your desired endpoint.
KeepSolid now supports the popular WireGuard protocol, alongside its own KeepSolid Wise protocol, OpenVPN and legacy IPSec/IKEv2 for older systems. The Wise protocol is built to add obfuscation, making it harder for an outside observer to detect that you’re on a VPN.
As usual in these tests, I’ve left everything at default settings. 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 that won’t prompt the VPN to automatically activate itself.
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.
- Decent speeds, but slower than group test average
- Slow US endpoint speeds
All of my testing was carried out on a virtual desktop physically located at a data centre with a high-speed internet connection in London. This testing setup produces results under optimal connection conditions. VPN clients are tested on their default settings.
|KeepSolid VPN Unlimited||254.40 Mbps||248.80 Mbps||62.22 Mbps|
|Reference Group Average HTTP||310.77 Mbps||306.83 Mbps||194.52 Mbps|
|Reference HTTP without VPN||489.60 Mbps||532.80 Mbps||490.40 Mbps|
When connecting to endpoints in the UK or Europe, VPN Unlimited was fairly speedy, albeit slightly slower than the ludicrously quick group average in my group test. However, US connection speeds were a little disappointing.
KeepSolid has endpoints in more than 50 countries, including specialised servers designed to allow you to watch streaming video services undetected. These work well, so you won’t need to use split tunnelling to watch video while connected to a VPN. The company has recently removed servers from Russia and Belarus for security reasons, and provides free VPN services to users in Ukraine.
Should you buy it?
If you want a lifetime VPN subscription:
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited has some great offers for lifetime subscriptions, so if you don’t mind committing yourself to the long term, this represents fantastic value.
You want a blazing fast VPN:
KeepSolid VPN Unlimited saw below-average result in our group speed test. It was particularly slow in the US, so may not be a good option for those who want a breezy performance.
If you can get a long-term subscription at a substantial discount, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited may well be worth your while, even though its US connections are a little on the slow side. Even on standard pricing, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited’s cost-effective three-year, five-device subscription is appealing.
How we test
We run tests from a London-based connection that typically sees speeds between 500Mbps and 700Mbps, which means that we’re able to get a good idea of what each VPN’s maximum speeds currently are.
We test multiple endpoints from each provider in three locations: the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S.
Tested speeds with three endpoints: UK, USA and the Netherlands.
Researched security and no-logging claims
Tested all available features
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No, you need to sign up to its subscription in order to use the VPN.