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Kevin Ard

Another one for the vpn crowd. I was looking at nord, but then noticed Digital Ocean has a one-click app for Pihole+OpenVPN.

Took about 5 mins to setup on a $5 droplet, and I've been running ~4 clients for a few months with no problem.

I get about 75% of my baseline/direct bandwidth.
Not bad for 5 dollars.

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Thats a nice price. Nords openVPN is kinda slow but its newish IKE protocol now is a lot faster with better encryption. Does that service cycle IP's and block ads; like on youtube? Thanx for the info, ill take a look at that. Generally i setup my own openvpn but have enjoyed the relatively stable and cheap nord service. express vpn is also pretty cheap and fast too.

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Kevin Ard

As a service... It's not a service :)
DO provides hosting for your own setup, and - coincidentally - they have a one-click setup.
Beyond that, it's all yours and you can do what you want with it. I've seen in VPN discussions that you're only as private as whoever runs your VPN - well, in this case, that's you.

It doesn't naturally rotate ip addresses for you, but if you were in a situation where you needed to switch, it takes all of 30 seconds to move a droplet elsewhere (changing its ip in the process).

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thank you for the info, that is aweoms.

im sure you could make a cron job to do that to -- switch droplets for you. ?

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Kevin Ard

Yup. They have a fluid api and cli client, too.