Something is definitely weird...
I am in the Netherlands, just a few hops away from any of the Alblasserdam servers. Actually, I am physically located within 50km of them on a pretty fast 400mbps internet ...
Still, in some occasions after the client connects to some of them, everything is very sluggish and terrible, I can't even open a page during the time it takes to make a Senseo coffee...
Solution: Disconnect to that server, reconnect to another "recommended" one - It works fine.
Even more strange is that if I disconnect again and reconnect to the first one that was very slow, it works now without a hitch !
This feels pretty random, there's no pattern.
I noticed a similar behavior in my own house (not related to VPN), even on a very fist fiber connection... when having DHT enabled in torrent client. That for example creates a gazillion connections in rapid succession, overloading routers, even if the traffic itself is tiny (usually it's just a few packets to exchange database info then disconnecting...). Until DHT finished it's data exchange and calmed down, everything else on the net was connecting very slowly (or with errors)
Might it be possible that some people connected to some VPN servers simply have "too many" connections at once, even if they aren't consuming traffic ?
Currently AirVPN only shows "raw bandwidth" and "user count"
- What if it would also show the number of active connections ? -
A server with just 40 users and 22% traffic might have 10 times more low-traffic connections than another one with 120 users that are doing almost nothing.