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Re: [tlug] VPN in Debian

That's pretty much what I did (in addition to having an instance at home).

OpenVPN on the smallest possible GCP instance, which fits in the "Always Free" tier. It's there when I need it, and you only "pay as you go" for the bandwidth at 23 US cents per GB. Which makes it perfect for the occasional trip to China.

The only trick is that on Android, the "official" OpenVPN client (the top search result "OpenVPN Connect" - is not up to date and does not support "tls-crypt", which seems to work better behind some of the firewalls over there. So I had to use "OpenVPN for Android" (

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 6:08 PM, Curt Sampson <> wrote:
On 2017-10-20 10:54 +0900 (Fri), Stuart Luppescu wrote:

> I don't know if it would be better if I used a bigger droplet with
> more memory.

Check the details of both the network bandwidth and network traffic
they're giving you with that VM. On systems not charging you
separately for network traffic, you'll get specific bandwidth limits
related to the overall "size" of the instance. (Just like memory and

You might try bringing up an instance on something like Google Cloud,
where you'll pay separately for every byte of outgoing traffic to the
Internet from your host but where you have more control over the
bandwidth limits.

Curt J. Sampson      <>      +81 90 7737 2974

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