Speed issues using PIA and OpenVPN



  • I have been using pfsense for about a year and half. The entire time I have used PIA and routed some LAN traffic through it, while the rest used my WAN. My service is 100/10 from my ISP. I never had a speed issue using PIA like so many other folks have. Some servers were not as fast as others, but for the most part I was getting very close to 100/10 while using PIA.

    Last fall I decided to 'upgrade' to the 300/20 package. As soon as I did that, my PIA speeds started crawling… it was like they were capped at 40/5. I wrote it off and reminded myself not to try to 'fix' something that is not broken. Last week I decided the 300/20 wasn't being utilized for anything in my household and I switched back to 100/10. As soon as that change took effect my PIA speeds were blazing fast again! Does anyone have a theory on that? I did not have to change any hardware to get the faster speed package from my ISP.



  • Are you using the latest configuration for pfsense?

    We’re you using 128 bit encryption or 256?

    I just recently was upgraded to 100-10 and as with you speeds once I moved to the latest configuration are acceptable… using strong 256 btw

    What is your hardware?  I am using a sg2220 with aes



  • @bcruze:

    Are you using the latest configuration for pfsense?

    We’re you using 128 bit encryption or 256?

    I just recently was upgraded to 100-10 and as with you speeds once I moved to the latest configuration are acceptable… using strong 256 btw

    What is your hardware?  I am using a sg2220 with aes

    I am using 2.4.2-RELEASE-p1

    256 bit encryption. See attached screen shot.

    Super Micro C2758
    Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2558 @ 2.40GHz
    4 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 4 core(s)
    AES-NI CPU Crypto: Yes (inactive)
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L PC3-12800 ECC CL11 1.35V SODIMM




  • Does 128 bit and 256 CBC run better ?

    That’s what I am running

    Have you tried enabling aes-ni?



  • @bcruze:

    Have you tried enabling aes-ni?

    I have not. You?



  • I just came of PIA on a dd-wrt flashed router and I am not on a pfsense machine that I made. Its an intel celron 2.6gz with 3 gigs of memory. My ISP is 100/10 and speed has ALWAYS been an issue for me. In face, the speeds were better on the R7000 then my pfsense box. I would see 50-60Mbps on the dd-wrt router and I see maybe 30-40Mbps (wired in both setups for speed tests) if I am lucky through my pfsense box. I have no clue what to do anymore lol



  • @cobrahead:

    @bcruze:

    Have you tried enabling aes-ni?

    I have not. You?

    yes mine is enabled and being utilized.