The Best VPNs for Multiple Devices 2017

First, we only had PCs, then came:

  1. Media players
  2. Smartphones
  3. Tablets
  4. Smart TVs
  5. Smart watches
  6. Fitness bands

All of which means the Internet-of-Things ecosystem is going to keep expanding, and the number of IoT devices is only set to increase over time, so having a single VPN protecting multiple devices isn’t a bad idea at all.

We also know that having a “one-size-fits-all” solution is very convenient when it comes to Internet security and privacy.

So, on today’s list, we’ll talk about the top five best VPN providers to use when connecting multiple devices at the same time.

A home or office Internet connection probably passes via a router of some kind, and in case you use a cell phone as a hotspot, the phone itself will act as a router.

A router allows people to share a single Internet connection among multiple devices. It would certainly be very helpful if sharing a connection was possible with all VPN providers. Alas, unfortunately, such is not the case.

Most VPN providers only protect one device, and maybe sometimes two,

If you ever need to use a VPN with another device, you’ll have to finish your work on the first one, disconnect, and then connect to the same VPN, on a secondary device — kind of a hassle, isn’t it?

The Best VPNs for Multiple Devices 2017


Rank Company
Score
Price Link
1 Winner

www.privateinternetaccess.com
$ 6.95 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit Private Internet AccessPrivate Internet Access Review
2
zenmate.com
$ 5.00 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit ZenMateZenMate Review
3
www.goldenfrog.com
$ 5.00 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit VyprVPNVyprVPN Review
4
www.expressvpn.com
$ 8.33 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit ExpressVPNExpressVPN Review
5
www.airvpn.org
$ 7.75 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit AirVPNAirVPN Review

Things To Do With a Multiple Device VPN Service

Before diving into the meat and bones of our article, let’s take a second to consider what you can do with a VPN service that connects multiple devices simultaneously:

  • No need to spend time working with devices one at a time
  • No need to keep track of different configuration settings
  • No need to pay a fee when adding new devices
  • No need to worry about compatibility issues across different VPNs

So, let’s finally check out the five best VPN providers which allow you to connect multiple devices at the same time.

1. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (PIA) connects five devices simultaneously. It is also relatively cheaper than the competition, and you can pay with gift cards from major stores like Starbucks, Best Buy, etc.

PIA has around 3200 servers spread across 25 countries. Thus, PIA has a presence in fewer countries, compared to ExpressVPN and AirVPN.

Before going for PIA, make sure they have a presence in the country of your choice. In case you cannot determine that fact right away, there’s no need to worry since they have a 7-day money back guarantee.

PIA also claims to block ads, trackers, and malware as well. A claim that raises some concerns, about whether or not they inspect network traffic. PIA maintains that no traffic logs are kept.

PIA also sports the SOCKS5 proxy, which offers better speeds but at the cost of a slight loss of privacy.

PIA also claims to support many organizations such as Apache, Internet Society, and Freenode.

Why We Like It


PIA’s strength is in its pricing.

Yearly billing gets charged at just $39.95 per year, and you’ll be able to use five devices simultaneously in all cases and pricing tiers.

In spite of being budget-friendly, the service doesn’t disappoint on the speed front.

Their choice of going for server density instead of global coverage seems to be paying off well, when handling network congestion

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By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

2. Zenmate

ZenMate is a very good alternative for those who don’t want a VPN based in the USA . It also offers a few features and add-ons, which make it more than a run-of-the-mill VPN service.

ZenMate can connect up to five personal devices/platforms at the same time, on a single account and provides users the option of trying out a free trial, coupled with a 14-day money back guarantee in place.

Based in Germany, ZenMate is not subject to U.S. regulations and interference from the NSA. In fact, they even say that the English translation of their terms of service is not legally binding, only the German version is.

However, the service doesn’t have a lot of support options. But, it does have an excellent repository of resources, which it calls an “academy.” This academy is meant to keep users updated on best practices, news that is relevant to privacy and security, etc.

There are various other products on offer too, such as a browser extension, a mobile security solution, even routers with built-in and secured Wi-Fi. As far as the VPN’s apps are concerned, all the key platforms are supported, except for Linux (no native app).

ZenMate also claims to protect you from malware, which means they may be inspecting network traffic, even though there may be no logging of the same.

Why We Like It


Users who want something more than a simple VPN service will find ZenMate’s add-on products offered to be very convenient.

ZenMate should be of particular interest to German customers.

The performance offered in paid plans is also very good.

Having browser extensions can be very useful for those who want fine-grain control over their VPN.

It is worth mentioning here that some browsers, such as Opera, already bundle in a free and unlimited VPN service.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

3. VyprVPN

Here’s a VPN where the number of simultaneous connections vary, depending on how much you want to pay. VyprVPN offers support for up to 5 simultaneous connections in the case of personal plans.

VyprVPN has a free plan in place, and even the paid plans give the option of going for a 3-day free trial before you get billed.

However, the free plan is relatively limited. It allows just two simultaneous connections, but that’s not the main issue. The real problem is the 1GB of data usage present, which can get used up very quickly in the case of video streaming.

Coming to the paid plans, the basic one offers support for three simultaneous connections, and the premium plan sponsors five. Regarding pricing, there isn’t a big difference between the two, and both allow unlimited data usage.

As far as coverage goes, VyprVPN has 700+ servers in more than 70 locations, providing a pool of around 200,000+ IP addresses.

There is no app for Linux systems, but strangely enough there is one for TVs. It is worth noting that in the case of the free plan, you are restricted to using their apps to access the VPN service.

Why We Like It


VyprVPN places a strong focus on security.

It claims to own and manage all of its hardware, software and networks. This is good for privacy, as there is no third-party involved.

VyprVPN also has its own “Chameleon” cloaking tech, which is aimed at getting around restrictions imposed on the use of VPN services in certain authoritarian regions.

You are, of course, free to use your own choice of protocols, such as OpenVPN (instead of Chameleon).

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

4. ExpressVPN

As an all-rounder, ExpressVPN is a popular choice for users who want something fast and full of features. The service allows simultaneous connections for up to three devices.

ExpressVPN screams “high-speed” right on its web page.

One reason users do not feel like going for a VPN is due to the slowdown they cause, thanks to encryption.

However, in the case of ExpressVPN, that is not true. Since its whole shtick is speed, speed, and more speed.

Apps are available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and even for certain routers.

So in most cases, you should be able to connect a smartphone, tablet, and PC simultaneously.

There are no restrictions on the speed allocated to users, the number of server switches users are allowed to make, or even on the amount of bandwidth consumed.

ExpressVPN also sports a 30-day money back guarantee, and you can add 30 days of free service for each friend that you refer (provided they too sign up for the service).

Why We Like It


ExpressVPN shines when it comes to accessing region-locked content, since it has a presence in nearly 100 countries.

And in many of those countries, you’re given a choice of using multiple cities, too.

This breadth of choices has an effect on speed as well. One of the factors that impacts browsing speed while using a VPN, is the proximity between your VPN server and  geographical location.

In the case of ExpressVPN, there are plenty of servers to choose from.

So you’ll most probably get a smooth browsing experience by selecting a server close to you.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

5. AirVPN

AirVPN is an alternative that is aimed more at privacy and security, than anything else. It also offers good speeds and the same three simultaneous connections as ExpressVPN.

AirVPN positions itself as a service run by people deeply committed to preserving net neutrality, while fighting censorship, and championing privacy.

Its homepage has a status bar at the top indicating the number of users connected and their consumed bandwidth.

Similar to ExpressVPN, unlimited server switching is allowed. However, AirVPN is wise to admit that the maximum speed you can get depends on a server’s load, which a user can check by going to the status page.

The minimum bandwidth allocated is 4Mbit/s for both uploads and downloads.

There is even an API available to developers. Apart from common protocols like OpenVPN, SSH, and SSL, Tor gets support as well.

AirVPN maintains that no monitoring or logging of your activities ever takes place.

The service is strongly opposed to censorship, region locks and traffic shaping (there’s no discrimination between the choice of applications, ports, and protocols).

Why We Like It


Support for Tor acts as a major plus, assuring users of their privacy.

Combine that with Bitcoin as an accepted payment method, and you get the unique chance of surfing in a truly anonymous manner.

There are also lots of options that allow port forwarding and the use of SSH and SSL.

Each of these features makes AirVPN very secure.

There is also “Perfect Forward Secrecy” in place, which comes in handy to prevent other sessions from getting compromised in the (rare) case of a successful break-in.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at www.cloudwards.net

In Summary…

Each of these VPN providers allow the simultaneously use of multiple devices. Some have a greater focus on the core VPN experience, whereas other shine regarding bells and whistles.

AirVPN, for example, wins hands down regarding security and privacy. So those who deal with very sensitive data should consider it as a suitable option.

However, even though both AirVPN and ExpressVPN are top providers by themselves, capping simultaneous access to only three devices at a time, can be a deal-breaker for some users.

So for those who need more devices online, PIA and ZenMate are good options. PIA is budget-friendly, whereas ZenMate can take advantage of not being subject to the non-existent privacy regulations offered by the USA.

ZenMate is also useful for securing not just your Internet access as a whole, but also individual browsers and mobile phones.

So before making a decision about ZenMate, you should also keep in mind the feature set and pricing of comparable standalone products in these categories, if you want to buy them separately.

VyprVPN’s free plan is too short-lived to be of any good use. However, those interested in the in-house Chameleon technology, as well as a zero-knowledge DNS, should consider it.

With so much to consider, it is a matter of personal preference to choose one out of these five services as being the most suitable one.

We hope you enjoyed reading this list, and don’t forget to let us know what your thoughts are on the subject, in the comments section below.

Rank Company
Score
Price Link
1 Winner

www.privateinternetaccess.com
$ 6.95 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit Private Internet AccessPrivate Internet Access Review
2
zenmate.com
$ 5.00 per month 5 Devices All Plans
Visit ZenMateZenMate Review
3
www.goldenfrog.com
$ 5.00 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit VyprVPNVyprVPN Review
4
www.expressvpn.com
$ 8.33 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit ExpressVPNExpressVPN Review
5
www.airvpn.org
$ 7.75 per month 3 Devices All Plans
Visit AirVPNAirVPN Review

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