May 13th, 2014
We have finished deployment of IKEv2 VPN to all our servers. IKEv2 is very secure and fast VPN. Just an idea:
Astrill IKEv2 VPN is optimized for mobile devices to save battery life and keep VPN consistently thanks to support for MOBIKE implementation. IKEv2 is offered for free to all customers. IKEv2 is supported by Windows 7/8 and Windows Phone 8.1 and BlackBerry. No special client is required.
How to configure IKEv2/IPSEC with Windows built-in client on Windows 8/8.1
How to configure IKEv2 IPSec VPN on Windows Phone 8.1
January 1st, 2014
Astrill VPN app for Android platform uses StealthVPN protocol to establish VPN connection.
-You need Android 4.0+ to run the app.
Enjoy! … and Happy New Year!
September 7th, 2013
We have released new version 2.8.4 of our router applet. Now you can select encryption – from Blowfish 128-bit, up to AES-256 bit.
Encryption options for OpenVPN UDP/TCP protocols:
- Default (Blowfish 128-bit)
- Strong (AES 128-bit)
- Military (AES 256-bit)
- Disable (Fast)
In ver 2.8.4 it’s also possible to turn off encryption which is useful only if you don’t care about security and want to achieve best speed.
Router hardware CPU is very slow, therefore turning encryption off will improve the speed considerably. If you are in China, DO NOT do this.
If you prefer security and faster speeds, you can use RouterPro protocol instead which is optimized to be 2+ times faster than regular OpenVPN protocol.
May 2nd, 2013
What’s new In Astrill Router Applet v.2.8.2 Released:
- New: DNS tab, choose your preferred DNS server
- New: Added support to install Astrill Router Applet directly onto ASUS Merlin firmware (ASUSWRT-Merlin firmware) routers.
New DNS Servers tab
By default Astrill DNS is used. We have included most popular DNS servers, GoogleDNS, OpenDNS, Norton DNS, DNS Advantage and Level3 DNS in the selection. By selecting the last option “Default DNS”, Astrill Router Applet will use your ISP DNS or your custom DNS depending on your router settings.
ASUS RT-N66U – Astrill VPN
ASUS Merlin Supported Routers: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N66U and Asus RT-AC66U
Developer website: http://www.lostrealm.ca/tower/
Source code: https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin
Note: if you have an RT-AC66R or RT-N66R, these routers are exactly the same as the ‘U’ versions. The only difference is these are sold by large retailers such as Best Buy. You can freely flash Asuswrt-Merlin on these two routers as well.
Expectations (Advanced Firewall)
April 16th, 2013
Accelerator option on Astrill applet page, can potentially increase overall VPN speed on your router.
Minimum requirements for accelerator option to work fast:
- Router with fast CPU, 400MHz-600MHz (accelerator relays totally on CPU, the faster CPU the better performance)
- Your DD-WRT or Tomato router must be RouterPro VPN supported. (This means it uses our customized OpenVPN binary file. It works both with OpenVPN and RouterPro VPN protocols.)
- Router with 8MB flash or more (needed for Astrill OpenVPN binary to be installed on your router)
If you router is not RouterPro VPN compatible, accelerator option will not be shown on your router.
Below is a performance test with accelerator option and without accelerator option.
A) Accelerator ON
B) Accelerator OFF