P2P stands for “Peer-To-Peer” and is used to describe a decentralised network, where each “peer” computer can connect to every other peer via the internet. A P2P network is generally used for filesharing without involving a web server. A common use of P2P networks is “Torrenting”. Torrenting is a technique to download a single file from multiple sources by splitting it into multiple pieces and simultaneously downloading one piece from each source.
The torrenting technique of downloading files from multiple sources simultaneously counteracts the fact that individual home internet connections, often used in P2P networks, generally have slow upload speeds compared to available download speeds. For example, if a single user were to send a file to another user, the connection would generally be limited by the first user’s upload speed. By splitting the file into segments, and downloading them from separate sources, you can make the most efficient use of your higher download speeds.
A number of VPN providers ban P2P traffic on their services because individual users torrenting can take up large amounts of bandwidth. Some VPN providers, however, provide servers dedicated to, or provide general support for, P2P file sharing.
Tip: You often get the highest speeds from servers that are physically near to you. When you’re torrenting and want the fastest possible speeds you should connect to a nearby server.
Most of CyberGhost’s 6400+ servers across 90 countries are optimised for P2P traffic.
CyberGhost’s subscriptions start from just $2.75 a month for a three-year plan, that covers up to 7 simultaneous devices. A 45-day money-back guarantee is also available if you decide you don’t like the service.
All of ExpressVPN’s servers support P2P traffic, although no servers are dedicated to that purpose.
An ExpressVPN subscription starts from $6.67 a month for a 12-month plan, covering up to five devices at once. A 30-day “no questions asked” refund is available if you change your mind.
NordVPN offers P2P optimised servers in most of its locations across the globe.
NordVPN subscriptions start from $3.49 a month for a 3-year plan, protecting up to 6 simultaneous devices. A 30-day money-back guarantee is also available.
All of Surfshark’s 1700+ servers support P2P traffic.
Surfshark’s subscriptions start from just $1.94 a month for a three-year plan, that covers an unlimited number of devices. A 30-day refund is also available if you decide you don’t like the service.