Internet speeds significantly faster with VPN

I hope this is the right place. My normally adequate google skills are failing me. I have a bit of a puzzle on my hands.

I have a 1000 MBit/s internet line. Normally I can get around 500-600 MBit/s over WiFi. Recently that has dropped to around 20 MBit/s. I’ve tried about everything: changing channels, trying on 2.4ghz and 5ghz, factory reset of my modem (I am stuck with a modem/router combo that cannot go into bridge mode).

Interestingly however is when I connect to a VPN I can get speeds around 150 MBit/s.

I am trying to make sense of this. It happens across all of my devices (both the slow speeds + increased over VPN). Does anyone have any ideas what could explain this? I have a new (allegedly better) modem coming that will hopefully resolve the issues, but I am still curious how this is possible.

To add: I can test the speed from the server (sorry if this is the incorrect terminology) to my modem which ranges from 900-1100 MBit/s, but it is from the modem to my computer where the major drop off occurs

Thank you!

How do I opt out of Amazon Sidewalk without the Alexa App to prevent internet sharing?

Amazon stated that they were releasing a feature for Echo devices to share your internet with other devices called Sidewalk. The program appears to be opt-out. All instructions that I have seen require the Alexa App on a phone to do this opt-out. How can I opt-out with out the application (in browser)?

tls – Is my data sent over Internet stored somewhere, and will it be decrypted someday?

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internet – Are Starlink antennas portable for use across the globe during travel?

This was addressed in the Q&A Starlink recently did on Reddit:

Right now, we can only deliver service at the address you sign up with on You might get lucky if you try to use Starlink in nearby locations, but service quality may be worse.

Mobility options – including moving your Starlink to different service addresses (or places that don’t even have addresses!) – is coming once we are able to increase our coverage by launching more satellites & rolling out new software.

The beta service is currently only offered to people “between 44 and 52 degrees north latitude, which excludes a good portion of the United States. I believe this is supposed to expand as the constellation reaches its full size.

There are also some pretty stringent requirements around avoiding obstructions between the dish and the satellites, and the terminal equipment doesn’t look particularly portable, so there would be some practical issues around trying to transport it and finding a suitable place to set it up with a view of the sky that meets the requirements.

In short, it may not work for a number of reasons right now. They say they plan to support more portability in the future, which may or may not work out.

It is possible to get portable satellite internet service on networks like HughesNet (purchased through specialized resellers that cater to RVers I believe, and not really in Canada) or (more portable worldwide but at extraordinary cost) with a BGAN terminal Inmarsat, and there are vendors that will rent them out with service for travelers, but the costs are high and the speeds quite slow.

networking – How do I submit a bug to launchpad without internet

I am of course perplexed that you’re complaining about being unable to report a bug about Ubuntu because you need an Internet connection, whilst making a report about that, clearly with an Internet connection. Well done! 😀

However, it’s not unreasonable to have no Internet connect on the machine with the problem, and needing to file the issue from another machine, as it appears you have done here.

As such, you can construct a URL using: ubuntu / +source / (packagename) / +filebug

(assuming you know the package name – which you don’t mention)

This should take you to a form in which you can specify the problem, some detail regarding the ways to reproduce the issue and any pertinent details.

wi fi – Android disconnects (looses Internet access) whenever data is used

I’ve recently installed a new router to extend the home’s signal. It’s a TP Link Archer xr500v, and it’s connected via wire (LAN) to the main router that is in turn connected to the ISP. I’ve disabled DHCP on the tp link and so far all the devices at home have connected without issue (Windows, macs, iPhones and some androids). Two androids, however are dealing with some issues I can’t even beguin to troubleshoot.

The first is a Xiaomi A2 and the other is a Samsung S8 plus. The Xiaomi connects properly to the wifi and everything seems fine… until you try and use it (e.g. playing a game) in which case it drops the connection or looses internet connection. I’ve tried setting the “network rating provider” to no avail.

As for the S8, it outright refuses to connect, claiming it can’t be assigned an IP.

I’ve obivously did all the basic troubleshooting of reseting routers, phones, forgetting networks and reconnecting and even resetting the network settings… all of this to no avail.

I’m reaching out for help, because if this turns out to be defect on the router, I still have a short time where I can safely return it … but I’m unsure that’s also the issue, since all the other devices are functioning properly.

any help is very much appreciated.

internet – How big threat if I’ll use Windows 7 these days, but visit only trusted sites?

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Internet suddenly has slowed down

So up until recently i used to get a download speed capping at 2mBps and average it was at 1.8mBps however these past few days its been stuck at a maximum of 300kBps which is weird cuz not only has the download speed gotten slower but the internet speed in general as well. I do not know if this is a problem on my end or not so would be nice if anyone could help.

macOS Big Sur Fails on Internet Recovery Mode: “Installation could not be completed.”

I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro Mid 2014. I have been struggling with installation process since last night. At first, I started my Mac by pressing Option + Command + R and Power button so that I opened it with internet recovery mode. After that, I cleared my disk space and tried to install macOS Big Sur. But just before selecting my disk where I am going to install, it shows an error which says “Installation could not be completed.” I tried to install the os which comes with Mid-2014 and tried to update it but it didn’t work either.

windows 10 – I ran a netsh -c interface ipv4 add neighbors, plugged in my internet name, my MAC address and my ip. Ethernet no longer works

I ran a netsh -c interface ipv4 add neighbors And I plugged in my internet name and my MAC address and my ip And changed store=persistent And now I can’t connect to the internet using ethernet. I use windows 10 and was trying to bypass an internet monitor as a challenge to my self, when i used the command, it did something and now I can no longer join my Ethernet. I can still use wifi. Please help.