With so many VPNs available on the market, it’s hard to figure out which one makes the most sense for you. For those who just want an extra layer of protection when connecting to public WiFi, RA4W provides an affordable service that claims to do just that. But does it live up to its claim?
RA4W provides budget-friendly prices even at their monthly rate. Unlike other VPNs, you can opt for a lifetime subscription for a very low price. The best part? You get the same features for lifetime plans as you do for the ongoing subscription. Though this made reviewers question the point of a yearly option.
There’s no option to try before you buy and RA4W also doesn’t offer refunds unless there are serious issues though. Signing up for a month before committing might be the best idea if you’re not sure if you need a VPN or if the service will fit your needs.
RA4W supports standard Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android configurations. But they go a step further by including support for Linux and routers, adding flexibility in your VPN use.
Ease of Use
RA4W’s interface is incredibly plain, but it’s easy to navigate. You can view your stats, update your settings, and change your server location from a drop-down menu.
The only confusing part is that the username and login for the VPN are not the same as your account username and login on the actual website. You have to get your login information from the website on the dashboard.
But once you’ve logged in, getting around is straightforward, making it perfect for VPN for beginners or casual users.
RA4W supports unlimited simultaneous connections. The catch? It’s not really simultaneous as you can only connect one device to a server at the same time. So if you want to connect several devices, you need to hop on different servers.
If you’re looking for a lot of customization options, you’ll want to go for a different VPN. RA4W is bare bones.
- P2P friendly servers in Russia and Romania
- OpenVPN protocol
- Military-grade encryption
Many people use VPNs to bypass geo-restrictions and watch Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and other similar services. Sadly, none of the RA4W’s servers allowed experts to unlock content in different regions.
Privacy and Logging
RA4W claims it does not monitor or log any content that goes through their VPN servers and has a strict zero log policy.
So even though the company is based in the US -- a member of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance -- if the US were to request a warrant, they could not provide anything of value as they do not log any information.
For most people, however, what’s important is protection against your ISP’s prying eyes. In their testing, reviewers found some DNS leaks, though thankfully no IP leaks. And since the VPN doesn’t offer a killswitch if your VPN gets compromised, you’ll still be connected to the internet.
For those looking for airtight security, RA4W might be a pass.
RA4W has 33 servers in 20+ countries. With such a limited amount of servers, if a couple go down you might find it hard to get the fastest speeds. Experts were also less than impressed with speeds on all of its servers. Speeds decreased even more as they used servers that were further away from their actual location.
This means you could find the service frustrating if you’re a heavy video streamer or are looking for a P2P friendly VPN option.
While the company boasts that they have 24/7 support, there’s no live chat feature. So you’re left using their ticket system. Reviewers typically received responses within 24 hours -- although the actual answers were rarely helpful.
Their site includes an FAQ section as well. However, it reviewers felt it does not provide enough useful information should you run into any issues.
RA4W will not wow people used to more feature-rich VPNs like ExpressVPN or Private Internet Access. Considering its lack of important features -- such as a killswitch -- and the DNS leaks reviewers found, most had a hard time recommending RA4W VPN.
VPN Pro states, “... We’re not sure that you’re getting value for money… [RA4W VPN] comes with slow speeds, average torrenting and streaming capabilities, dubious security and privacy…”
The Best VPN states, “... We don’t recommend it… their connection gave off leak warnings… speeds were pretty slow across the board.”