Hi all. Just received a Vero 4K+ and thanks, it’s great. Updated OSMC and installed the Confluence Kodi skin and it deals with 4K content plus lots of high res audio codecs. Brilliant.
One quick question though (and apologies if this perhaps covered elsewhere, but I’m not hugely tech savvy). I’ve installed OpenVPN and linked this to my Private Internet Access account and all works well, but when VPN switches on, the throughput speeds are quite slow compared to my old Chromebox (Haswell) running Libreelec. The setups are identical as far as I can see, I’ve played about with changing UDP port settings, but to no avail.
As an example, my Chromebox and Vero 4K+ both show between 200-300Mbs without VPN. Switching VPN on shows Chromebox speed at 80-100MBs but Vero between 15-30 Mbs. I’ve got the 2 boxes side by side and swapping cables and connections to keep things constant.
It’s not a dealbreaker, but is there any setting I should be looking at under OSMC that I can tweak? I assume the Vero should have the more advanced hardware, so not sure why this is the case.
The Haswell is an Intel chip that’s lilkely to be faster than the Vero4K+'s ARM processor and accordong to Wikipedia, there’s a reasonable chance that your Haswell has AES-NI acceleration enabled, which isn’t the default on the Vero4K+.
Ah and thanks, although I’m not sure what all that means. I do get roughly the same speeds/ throughput on both devices without VPN connected though. It’s only when I switch VPN on that the Vero slows down. All settings on OpenVPN are identical on both devices as far as I’m aware.
Encrypting the data across the VPN requires processing power. The faster the processor, the more data it can encrypt, plus the Haswell might be making use of a built-in encryption engine in the CPU, which will make it even faster for AES encryption.
Thank you. Don’t think I’m confident to understand nor implement OpenSSL with the extensions unless there’s a very simple step by step guide. I’m getting an average of 20-30MBs speed with VPN on the Vero and it’s not a deal breaker. I bought the Vero to use mostly as a plug and play Kodi box, which of course it is. Thanks for the quick responses again!
It’s on Ethernet cable. I’ve got a good internet connection of 250-300Mbs which works well with the Vero. It’s definitely the VPN that’s a factor of 10 slower. I’m fine with tinkering around settings through GUIs, less so using scripts and command lines. So unless there’s a really easy step by step guide, I’ll make do with the default settings.
Id be very interested in this Sam…is there a ‘how to’ to build OpenSSL with crypto anywhere?
Only reason is I suffer the same issue as @Bialykot and whenever I need to use my VPN for streaming I have to fire up a trusty old Mac Pro.
Its literally the only thing I use this Mac for now I have the 4K+, so id be able to retire the old beast for good if I could get improved performance from my VPN on my 4K+.
I find it crazy that that little box can do, and normally surpass, virtually everything that a Mac Pro can.
As well as a distinct lack of time right now, my ISP speed sucks (a problem of location) and I don’t have a Vero4k+, so am restricted to 100 Mbps even if I run everything on a 1 Gbps network to a local server.
Hi Sam, you mention considering having a future optimised version of Open SSL to help speed up VPN. Would that come in a future update and be built in, or do you mean some instructions on how to get this working? Just interested how this might work.
On another note and for the benefit of others here, I’ve played about with using ExpressVPN with OpenVPN and it seems a little quicker than Private Internet Access. I can get over 40MBs with ExpressVPN compared to 30 on PIA, so a worthwhile improvement (but that’s on a 300 Mbs connection) although it would be great to speed this up with better OpenSSL.