New Server – VPS

Today, I moved the blog to my new VPS. I decided last week to take the plunge – a hard decision as I have never owned (rented?) a VPS before and I wasn’t really sure what to get. It came down to price for me; to get the best ‘value’ for my money. Looking at the $12-20 per year market, on average, gave around 128MB RAM (256 burstable), ~10-20GB disk space, and 10-100MB metered connections.

In the middle of this price spectrum, I found Crowncloud offering a $17 per year, 256MB RAM (512MB burstable [actually vSwap]), 20GB disk, 1TB bandwidth with a shared gigabit link to the internet. Oh, and it is located in the United States of America (IMPORTANT! See below.)

It gets pretty good speeds, but being a shared connection, downloading test files have yielded no higher than 4MB/s so far (~40mbps).

Correction: I just re-downloaded the test file

--2012-09-25 23:01:02-- http://download.thinkbroadband.com/200MB.zip
Resolving download.thinkbroadband.com... 80.249.99.148, 2a02:68:1:7::1
Connecting to download.thinkbroadband.com|80.249.99.148|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 209715200 (200M) [application/zip]
Saving to: `200MB.zip'

100%[======================================>] 209,715,200 14.6M/s in 16s

2012-09-25 23:01:18 (12.4 MB/s) - `200MB.zip' saved [209715200/209715200]

Not bad, but still not the full gigabit. I will have to try again in the middle of the night on a weekend.

Last Friday was the day to set up the VPN (PPTP) server. Long story short: after 2 hours and a recompiled Linux kernel, we (a co-worker and I) figured out that you cannot install modules in the kernel. They apparently need to be enabled on the host.

Saturday was no internet day in Canada – Bell was down most of the day in my area.

Sunday, a ‘ticket’ was created to enable PPP on my VPS.

Monday, ppp is now visible in /dev and within 5 minutes I successfully set up the PPTP server.

So why did I do this? Did you know that you cannot access streaming media sites such as Pandora or Hulu from Canada? That is just one reason; I can connect via PPTP and my computer gains American ‘citizenship’.

Conclusion: You get what you pay for. The ping times are unreasonably high and you don’t get the full gigabit WAN link to yourself. Retrosectivly I would have gone with vpscheap.net – I realistically could make do with the 10mbps speed on the upside of it being unmetered. The ping time is MUCH better there and makes the VPN connection more stable; what’s another $3 a year? Right?

 

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