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I have an ISP that provide me with internet access but they limited my bandwidth 512 KB/S and I saw some ADS about VPN like Hide My Ass and they provide you with Unlimited data transfer will I get bandwidth more that my ISP provide
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In short, no, your ISP ultimately controlls max bandwidth to your location. –  Moab Nov 5 '12 at 16:32
Rather off-topic for Super User in my opinion. But just a detail: you use your regular ISP connection to connect to a VPN. So it won't solve your issue. –  Gnoupi Nov 5 '12 at 16:32
Data "transfer" is different than bandwidth, they are saying you can download all the files your "bandwidth" will allow, which is controlled by your ISP –  Moab Nov 5 '12 at 16:34

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I think you are misunderstanding what a VPN does. A VPN is simply an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the host (the VPN company's server, in this case).

Your ISP still only allows a capped usage per month (for you, that is a speed of 512KB/s - for me it's a 250gb/mo cap of data @ 12Mbit).

So in short, no - a VPN will not boost your bandwidth, it simply hides what you are doing from them to a greater extent. Your connection through the ISP is capped.

Their claim of "Unlimited data transfer" is just saying you can route as much traffic through their servers as you want and you will get whatever speeds are available between their server and the connecting site - that does not mean your home connection will directly be any faster.

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I think it may be worth noting that VPNs can in some ways boost the bandwidth one can use, as most ISPs choke bandwidth on certain transfers, such as Bit-torrent, for example. Since the ISP cannot really tell what you are doing other than that you are connected via a VPN, they wouldn't have any way of knowing that you are using a Bit-Torrent protocol to download files, and therefore, couldn't choke your bandwidth, correct? –  Ben Franchuk Nov 11 '13 at 9:37
This being why services such as "Hide My Ass" exist, so that nosy ISPs can't call the cops on what transfers, legal or otherwise, you may be doing over their internet, No? –  Ben Franchuk Nov 11 '13 at 9:39
@BenFranchuk - Theoretically, yes. However generally speaking ISPs can often assume the people who have a VPN service like that are more along the illegal line. In those cases, they can then request info on the client from the service, some of them give up info without much of a fuss (HMA is one of the bigger offenders of that). Something worth researching if you are pursuing using them, no matter what type of activity you intend to use them for. –  nerdwaller Nov 11 '13 at 12:26
Also, in a way you could argue that. But that's a little bit of a shift from how I read it. I read that as increasing actual web usage bandwidth (I.e. the max bandwidth from your house to the world). But yes, it could potentially allow for less packet shaping if that is happening. –  nerdwaller Nov 11 '13 at 12:29
Ah, I see. Ok, then. –  Ben Franchuk Nov 11 '13 at 22:13

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