- NordVPN’s WireGuard-based NordLynx is now rolling out on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS platforms.
- The protocol was under pilot testing on Linux for about nine months, and it was deemed ready for the mainstream now.
- On average, NordVPN’s tests found a download speed gain of 2x, as well as a significant upload performance boost.
It’s been about nine months since NordVPN launched NordLynx for Linux users, which is its very own implementation of the advantageous “WireGuard” protocol. Now, the highly successful VPN (virtual private network) provider is bringing NordLynx to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, so everyone can enjoy the amazing speeds and superior encryption that are fundamental to the WireGuard protocol. To use the new protocol option, all you need to do is to download the latest available version of the NordVPN client for your platform and select NordLynx manually from the settings menu.
NordVPN tested the NordLynx implementation thoroughly, as they wanted to underline their excitement regarding this launch, and also back it with actual data and not “empty” marketing promises. So, they went on to perform around 8,200 tests per day for a month, testing NordLynx against IKEv2 and OpenVPN 256,886 times in total. They used 47 virtual machines on nine different providers, in 19 cities, and eight countries. As they make clear through the following diagram, the reason for this large number of tests is that internet communications involve so many factors, and thus getting objective and reliable results requires a significant volume of test data.
Connecting to the closest VPN server, and the context server is as close to it as possible:
The content server is the closest to the client, but the VPN server lies overseas:
Client connected to the closest VPN server, but the content and VPN servers are far apart:
Download speed difference by protocol:
Upload speed difference by protocol:
As it becomes obvious from the test results, NordLynx is far superior to the older protocols and is bound to be their successor soon. We have recently seen Private Internet Access launching a beta client to introduce support for the WireGuard protocol, Express VPN is actively working on it, IVPN is offering it, and so are Mullvad, AzireVPN, WireVPN, TorGuard, StrongVPN, and VPN.AC. All that said, there’s no question about the adoption of the new protocol. The game is now played on who takes advantage of all that WireGuard has to offer, who can claim the best possible implementation, and who can prove it through tests. NordVPN is proud of their work in this area, and they have every right to be.