ExpressVPN is one of the most popular options in the VPN field, offering various server locations and applications on many platforms. In our experience, the speed is usually good, but for example, when streaming video, things are definitely better.
Now ExpressVPN has introduced a new protocol called Lightway, which was built by the company itself to provide higher speeds and faster connection processes.
The company also claims that the processor load is lower so higher power efficiency can be achieved and that it can stay connected when the device switches networks.
It is worth mentioning that, through three fast speed tests conducted by the fast.com website supported by Netflix, when connected to New York, the average download speed of the old protocol was 41Mbps.
At the same time, the average download speed of the Lightway protocol is 39Mbps. The average download speed of three tests conducted through Sweden’s traditional protocol was 49.3Mbps, while the test result with Lightway enabled was 50.6Mbps.
At the same time, our own Dhruv Bhutani reports that Lightway has always been faster for him during testing, occasionally providing download speeds that are almost twice as fast.
When connecting with the UK, one of the biggest differences is that Dhruv reports that the speed through Lightway is 110Mbps, while the speed using the traditional UDP protocol is 69Mbps.
At the time, this was not a completely scientific test, but it did show that Lightway should provide faster speeds under most but not all conditions. However, in our short test, the new protocol always provides a connection time of fewer than 3 seconds, while the traditional protocol only exceeds 5 seconds.
The Lightway protocol can be used with ExpressVPN for Android, Linux, Mac, Windows, and routers. The company confirmed that the agreement will also be used for iOS applications.