BTGuard VPN Review
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BTGuard advertises itself as an anonymous way to use the BitTorrent protocol, which gives insight into its target demographic. There is also a standard VPN offering from this company. It’s important to know the difference between the options, as one is a proxy and the other a full-fledged VPN.
This company will certainly have some fans among those who are tired of getting their bandwidth throttled by their ISPs. This will likely be a bigger fan base soon, as the RIAA begins monitoring Internet traffic at ISPs in the US.
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BTGuard offers some very competitive prices. They’re differentiated from many other providers by the fact that they offer an unlimited bandwidth version of their two main products, keeping things very simple for users.
The VPN service offers OpenVPN and PPTP with 256-bit AES encryption.
BTGuard accepts the following:
- American Express
- bank cards
- PayPal for payment.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
There is no free trial offer with this service. You may cancel at any time.
Coupons / Discount / Special Offers
There are no discounts offered at present.
This service has three locations with 10Gbit lines on each of them. There are no limitations on speed on any of their servers. Their servers are located in:
VPN Protocols Supported
OpenVPN and PPTP are supported by BTGuard.
Number of IP Addresses
VPN Clients Information
A downloadable client is provided that works with Windows and Mac. The service also supports Android, iOS and Ubuntu operating systems. DD-WRT routers are supported through this service, as well, and instructions for setting them up are given on the site.—see download clients here.
Common Error Messages
BTGuard keeps no logs of your activity. It does keep track of your bandwidth usage, but your activity and the sites you visit are not logged.
Legal Use / Torrent Policy
BTGuard offers a service that’s exclusively for BitTorrent users, in addition to a standard VPN.
BTGuard vs. the Competition
BTGuard is very much oriented toward BitTorrent users. Most other services are broader, but BTGuard is also moving in that direction with its rather affordable VPN service. The monthly fee is much less than some other providers.—see details here.
BTGuard has support options including contacting support and sales personnel. They also have a FAQ page and setup instructions for VPN and Proxy services through BTGuard.
BTGuard has a good service going for those who use the BitTorrent protocol a great deal. In fact, their BitTorrent-specific service is nothing more than a proxy server, which means that the setup and use are very simple. The VPN service is also good and, though it doesn’t advertise support for L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN is very good and should offer all the security that users need.
The fact that they do not log traffic is a bonus. They have a limited selection of server locations, but very fast speeds on all of them. Those who want to use a DD-WRT router may want to take a look at this service, as well.
This company has a built-in fan base with those who really only want privacy for using the BitTorrent service. If you want more than this, however, their VPN service is certainly competitive with others.