IPVanish are soon to release a new and better protocol. In this post you will see how you can access the IPVansih WireGuard protocol in their beta app!
When using a vpn on streaming devices such as Firestick, the 2 main objectives are speed and privacy. The new IPVanish WireGuard protocol is predicted to do this, but better.
The new protocol should give faster internet speeds for downloading and streaming.
IPVanish WireGuard is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache. It intends to be considerably more performant than OpenVPN. WireGuard is designed as a general purpose VPN for running on embedded interfaces and super computers alike, fit for many different circumstances.
If you aren’t currently subscribed to IPVanish but want to try the new feature, you can do that by signing up using the link below.
Special IPVanish WireGuard Discount
I would recommend going for the 1 year plan currently at $3.75. The offer which says biggest saving is including backup (cloud storage), which you may never use.
Current IPVanish Protocols
In addition to the new WireGuard protocol, IPVanish currently offer a number of different protocols. You can learn more about each protocol below including what the benefits to each IPvanish protocols are.
IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange Protocol Version 2)
IKEv2, a protocol made available exclusively through IPSec, is used to configure the security association, or the specific approach to how IP packets are encrypted over IPSec. While IKEv2 is only available in newer mobile devices, it is considered a more secure extension of the IPSec protocol because devices can switch between a Wi-Fi and cellular network without disrupting the VPN connection.
Use this protocol whenever possible. Allows for multiple types of authentication methods, but ultimately uses SSL/TLS (similar to your web browser) for key exchange. While it typically offers faster access speeds than L2TP, it also requires a third-party software and certificate files to be installed in order to use it — unless, of course, you’re using the IPVanish software. Also, support for mobile devices is limited.
- TCP (Transmission Control Protocol)
OpenVPN over TCP is the most popular and reliable VPN connection type. It uses error correction to prevent the loss of information packets during data transfer. These lost packets would ultimately lead to failed websites and incomplete downloads if not for TCP’s automatic retransmitting of them.
- UDP (User Datagram Protocol)
OpenVPN over UDP is often faster than TCP due to having no error correction. While lost packets are inevitable using UDP, certain web technologies are better experienced this way, particularly VoIP and online gaming, where real-time interaction would be interrupted by old, retransmitted data.
L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol)
L2TP is best for mobile devices that are not compatible with the OpenVPN protocol. While L2TP fixes the vulnerabilities in PPTP, it may result in slower speeds than OpenVPN. Also, because it uses multiple ports, it can be more difficult to configure on a router.
IPSec (Internet Protocol Security)
IPSec is a protocol suite that encrypts IP packets for transport and tunneling. Available for most mobile devices, IPsec protects all application traffic over an IP network. But unlike OpenVPN, PPTP and other connection types, IPSec does not define a particular encryption algorithm or an authentication function in and of itself — it simply provides a framework for secure transport.
PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol)
While PPTP is typically used on older operating systems and dated mobile devices, it is the protocol that is most likely to work when the rest are failing. Because of many known security vulnerabilities, however, PPTP is only recommended as a last-resort for low-risk speed-intensive browsing, like streaming video.
IPVanish WireGuard VPN Protocol Benefits
The immediate improvement you’re most likely to notice with the WireGuard VPN protocol is the faster connection, but there are also technical advancements of this new protocol worth noting.
Open-source, security-first protocol that uses modern cryptography implemented in a safer, and more efficient way than other connection types.
Stays connected in poor connection quality situations where other VPN protocols would falter, even switching from a mobile network to Wi-Fi.
Shorter code base lowers power consumption and creates a smaller attack surface, making it easier to audit for vulnerabilities.
Engineering optimizations to both the code and cryptographic implementation have made WireGuard 3x faster than IKEv2 and 10x faster than OpenVPN
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How to join IPVanish Beta access to WireGuard
For Android devices you can use the download shown below and for the Windows app you can opt-in to the beta program.
First, you will need an IPVanish active subscription. I have covered many posts and video’s which explain why it is a suitable VPN for streaming devices like Amazon Firestick or Android TV boxes.
Step 1 – Create an IPVanish account and subscribe to your preferred subscription. – Sign up to IPVanish with the current offer
Step 2 – To download IPVanish on Amazon Firestick or Android TV box you can use Downloader. Simply type letscrackon.org/ipvbeta and the app will start downloading. Make sure to delete any current versions of the app before installing. If you want to install on pc, sign into the IPVanish website and you will find the download there.
Step 3 – Open the IPVanish app and login with the credentials created in step 1.
Step 4 – Click the General tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the ‘Opt in to IPVanish Beta‘ program.
Setup IPVanish WireGuard Beta on Amazon Firestick
1. Install the Downloader app from your respective App Store (Amazon App Store or Google Play) and enable Unknown Sources within the settings of your streaming device.
Credits to Troypoint.com for the tutorial.
If you haven’t done this yet please refer to the following screenshot tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
Install Downloader app and ensure ‘Install from Unknown Sources’ is enabled.
2. Launch Downloader
3. If prompted, click Allow
4. Click OK for developer notes
5. Click the URL box on the Home screen of Downloader app.
6. Type in troypoint.com/iptvbeta and click the Go button.
7. Click Install.
8. Click Done.
9. Click Delete.
10. Click Delete again.
11. Go back to home screen of Fire TV Stick or Android TV Box and click the shortcut that will take you to the page that displays all apps.
12. Launch IPVanish VPN.
13. Input your IPVanish VPN Username and Password then click Log In.
14. Click Settings icon in top right corner.
15. Click VPN Protocol.
16. Choose WireGuard Beta.
Once that’s done you will now be able to use and test the IPVanish WireGuard protocol.