College Station, Texas is located in the east-central part of the state in the heart of Brazos Valley. To give you a frame of reference, it is 90 miles northwest of Houston. The metro area hosts 255k people while the actual town is home to about 93k. There are several reasons why you would visit the city. However, the biggest reason to visit the city is because of Texas A&M University. No matter what your reason for visiting is, you won’t want to use public WiFi without using a VPN first. Before we explain in more detail, please take a look at our list of the best VPNs for College Station.
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The origins of College Station date back to 1860. When the Houston and Texas Central Railway began to build through the region. 11 years later, the legislature choose the site to be the home of the Agriculture & Mechanical College of Texas. It was not until 1963 that the school renamed itself Texas A&M. As you can guess, the college system is the biggest employer in the region.
Of course, college sports are major events in the area. More specifically, college football is huge. The Texas A&M stadium holds approximately 102k people. The sport draws many in and it is great for the economy of the town. They are not afraid to spend money on a good football coach.
No matter why you are visiting the city, the chances are you will have some downtime. Luckily, a number of businesses offer free WiFi. Before you take advantage of that, you need to use a VPN. That is because the criminals like it, too. You can bet there is always someone lurking about, just waiting to find a vulnerable target. By using a VPN, you create a secure and private connection to the server of your choice. That makes it much tougher for any cybercrooks to get your sensitive data.
The next reason to use a VPN is to help you get around geo-restrictions. Let’s say you want to watch a football game but can’t get tickets. Instead of going to a bar, you would like to watch it online. However, you will encounter a blackout because of licensing rights. By using a VPN in this case, you can connect to a server in a different area. That stops the detection software from knowing where you are. That way, you can enjoy the game like you normally would.
There is one more example we can use. If you try to use WiFi at the school, they will typically block you from accessing some sites you would normally enjoy. Firewalls like that are common at all schools and even businesses. The VPN will help you get around those restrictions, too. Now, we’ll take a look at some of the best options to use.
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The VPN service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website.
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|94||160||Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia, Washington, DC|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. This is true for Dallas (since it is the closest option to College Station). You will want to select the “All” tab, open Americas, and then open United States. At this point, you can select the USA – Dallas server location. As you can see we tested a server in Dallas and the speed was 59.55 Mbps.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with a 30-day money back guarantee.
The biggest sectors of College Station’s economy have to do with sports and the university. Though there are no servers in College Station specifically, connecting to a server in Dallas will provide you with great speeds. IPVanish has more server locations in the United States than most VPN companies. This makes them one of our top choices for using a VPN while in College Station.
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|63||89||Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Jose. Seattle, Washington DC|
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in North America and Europe in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 36 servers in Dallas and you can choose to connect to any of them you wish to. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example dal-a01.ipvanish.com. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. We tested an IPVanish server in Dallas, dal-a26, because of its proximity to College Station, and found the speed to be 63.83 Mbps.
When it comes to value, IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new members.
PureVPN has been in business since 2007, making them one of the oldest VPN providers on the market. Having an early start has helped them expand and innovate. PureVPN has one of the best VPN clients available on the market. They also have free apps for both iOS and Android
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Innovation is an area that helps PureVPN stand out from the pack. They continue to add new features and add-ons to the service. You can add NAT firewall, a dedicated IP address, StealthVPN browser and a special option called dedicated streaming to help speed up your performance.
Since we wanted to test a server near College Station, we opened the Windows client and clicked on the “Country Selection Tool” option. From there you can expand any country and select a specific server using the “Browse All Servers” tab. The PureVPN network has several servers located in Houston. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 61.35 Mbps.
PureVPN does really well in the pricing category. They have cut pricing by over 50% as the service continues to grow. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and access all their server locations from just $4.99 a month. The annual plan is a great value.
Though we feel we have given you the best available options, you can always take a look at our top 10 VPN services list. We chose them based on speed, reliability, price, and security. Many providers have servers located in or around the region. That way, you can be assured that you get the best speeds. Of course, they all have great networks. Speed is important if you plan on downloading or streaming live content. The providers we mentioned above are the best options for doing that, no matter which popular services you want to use. By using our guide, you can make the best available decision.