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For a bit over a week now I've had the great opportunity of testing out 3 different VPS that were all provided to me for zero financial cost. I would like to present to the community a basic review of these services and highlight what makes them apart from each other. I will not go too in depth about the specifications and benchmarking as all that is readily available elsewhere.

The three VPS I would like to compare today are: freedomain.club freevps.us and wishosting.com

freedomain.club is a small but friendly community that is the only place I have found that offers good top level domains at zero cost. The service is earned through community contributions. This alone makes them very unique and special. They also offer free VPS.

Another thing that is unique about freedomain.club is the signup process is very easy and once you qualify for a vps, and you request it, it should come to you right away. That's how it worked for me though historically there have been some hiccups and patience is encouraged if something goes awry.

Your vps comes with 500mb ram, 10 gb disk, and 500gb data transfer on a shared processor.
The server is located in Dallas TX, right in the middle of North America. Network latency has always been great for me here in Virginia, usually pinging at ~50ms.

The ram and disk alloted is not a super high amount but is adequate for most tasks. This service is great as a testing ground for those new to vps or linux and would probably also be perfectly adequate in production for a small business web site or blog that didn't have huge amounts of traffic.

Their hosting control panel is also top of the line enabling the end user to reboot, reinstall, or view stats in seconds. Also nice is the ssh backdoor in case something happens.


Next I will talk about freevps.us This is the oldest free vps service around and it shows. What makes their service unique is the large variety of vps available - packages come in more sizes and locations than I want to list. Some of their offerings boast amazing specifications like 3gb ram, 3 ip4 ip, and 200gb disk space. While I haven't had a chance at one of these, I procured a vps very similar to the one I earned at freedomain.club. I've got to say that for having the same amount of ram and disk space, and a comparable cpu, the vps at freevps.us is just a bit peppier than freedomainclub. Ping shows latency is nearly the same but the server just seems to respond a bit more quickly and seems to use less ram even when using the same operating system.

Another thing I will say is that the support staff at freevps.us is extremely knowledgeable. Even if you don't need or want a free vps, the forums are a great place to lurk about or post if you're having some sort of technical problem.

The lack of a control pane on some of the vps might bother some people, and I wonder how much extra work it makes the admins. Still a great service that's been around for years with the highest quality zero cost vps out there.

Lastly I'll mention wishosting. Not a vps in the truest sense of the word, you still get root access and 1 NAT ip4 ip with 20 open ports to call your own. It's a bit of extra work to route your services through different ports but it helps with security if naught else. Reverse proxy gives you port 80 for easy access to the web. Ip6 are included at the previous mentions, but by request at wishosting.

What makes this service unique is that it is completely free. There is no community requirement or other way to earn it. The downside is you have to renew it every 30 days, but it's still free.

You get only a small bit of ram - 128MB and 64mb swap, along with 20GB disk. While this may not seem like a lot, I'll remind you that just 10 years ago most computers had 128mb or less. Obviously this service is not going to give you a lot speed or let you run any heavy server apps. It is great as a testing ground, and I've tested it running a blog and a forum, which it did adequately, although running a blog and a forum simultaneously crashed the mysql server. I don't see that this service has much point beyond testing and development,  although I have considered setting it up as an automated backup service which it should work fine for.

The support might not be as knowledgeable as freevps.us or as friendly as freedomain.club but it is perfectly adequate and professional; I've not had a ticket go over 24 hours. There is a control panel but it's very limited. It really just tells you if you service is online and what your ip is. But, considering they do it all for free you've really got to appreciate it. If their paid service is anything like their free service they give you exactly what they promise exactly when they say they will.

They have a server in Canada as well as France; my container, hosted in Canada, maintained a ping that was just slightly behind the Dallas counterparts for me here in VA, usually running about 60-70ms.
Quote:The lack of a control panel for the vps might bother some people, and I wonder how much extra work it makes the admins. Still a great service that's been around for years with the highest quality zero cost vps out there.

My VPS 2 has a control panel. It all depends on what whoever donated the VPS has setup.

Quote:What makes this service unique is that it is completely free. There is no community requirement or other way to earn it. The downside is you have to renew it every 30 days, but it's still free.
Technically that isn't unique. There are a few other providers like cloudrino that do the same thing (though cloudrino's wait queue is stupid long by now, and it requires CC verification). It's still somewhat rare though.
Quote:My VPS 2 has a control panel. It all depends on what whoever donated the VPS has setup.
A valid point, thank you for correcting me.
Quote: Technically that isn't unique. There are a few other providers like cloudrino that do the same thing (though cloudrino's wait queue is stupid long by now, and it requires CC verification). It's still somewhat rare though.
It's the only one I've been able to verify that's completely free. Still waiting on cloudrino's queue here. All the others I've tried never came through for me.
The problem with the VPSs that have no control panel for the end user is the following: These VPSs have a control panel that however is embedded into the client area of the hosting company and therefore bound to our billing account with them. They contain all the VPSs that have been sponsored by the provider to us and our private information. So we cannot give anyone else access to the billing account, VPSs or our information due to privacy and security reasons.

There is absolutely nothing we can do about this. The providers decided to built in the control panel into their billing area for security reasons. They prevent direct access by clients/hackers to the actual backend control panels to avoid data leaks and hacks if these control panels should have a security issue (of which SolusVM had quite enough in the last few years but it is stable again since over a year). Creating billing accounts per user and adding their VPSs to their billing account is a lot of work for us and the provider and management nightmare. So that does not work either.

For most ouf our VPSs we do have direct control panel access and reseller accounts to manage everything easily for us and the end users.

You said you are from Virginia. A VPS 18 might be a lot better for you as it is in North Carolina. Lower latency to you and it has a lot more disk space and 1 TB bandwidth. Smile
Quote:You said you are from Virginia. A VPS 18 might be a lot better for you as it is in North Carolina. Lower latency to you and it has a lot more disk space and 1 TB bandwidth. Smile

I've actually considered this and I plan on trying to migrate during the next giveaway.

However, my testing shows the server in ATL (VPS 15 & 16) ping at ~30ms, compared with ~50 at Dallas and ~70 in NC
So you say you have 30 ms to Atlanta in Georgia but 70 ms to Charlotte in North Carolina from Virginia? That does not really make sense at all. Charlotte, NC is a direct neighbour state of your state Virginia. Atlanta, Georgia is more far away than Charlotte, NC. Dallas in Texas is even more far away. I wonder how that is possible.

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I'd like to see the routes that it goes.
It could have been that there was a hiccup somewhere along the path yesterday. Although as shown below, while the results are different, they are certainly not what's expected

Code:
####NC

ping -c 3 69.85.88.3
PING 69.85.88.3 (69.85.88.3) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 69.85.88.3: icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=29.0 ms
64 bytes from 69.85.88.3: icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=27.5 ms
64 bytes from 69.85.88.3: icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=25.4 ms

--- 69.85.88.3 ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2003ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 25.464/27.357/29.080/1.493 ms
####ATL
ping -c 3  162.245.216.243
PING 162.245.216.243 (162.245.216.243) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 162.245.216.243: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=49.7 ms
64 bytes from 162.245.216.243: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=49.4 ms
64 bytes from 162.245.216.243: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=47.8 ms

--- 162.245.216.243 ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2002ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 47.870/49.054/49.798/0.865 ms

####DAL
ping -c 3 45.58.55.2
PING 45.58.55.2 (45.58.55.2) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 45.58.55.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=48.0 ms
64 bytes from 45.58.55.2: icmp_seq=2 ttl=56 time=46.6 ms
64 bytes from 45.58.55.2: icmp_seq=3 ttl=56 time=47.3 ms

--- 45.58.55.2 ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2003ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 46.676/47.360/48.055/0.590 ms
Today's clear winner is NC but why is Dallas, half a country away, outperforming ATL?
Traceroute, please? I think you have bad peering somewhere in the route.
(03-23-2016, 10:30 AM)Scáth Wrote: [ -> ]Traceroute, please? I think you have bad peering somewhere in the route.

Never used traceroute before. Honestly a lot of this stuff is way over my head but I'm happy to learn. I truncated the first 5 hops so no one can follow me home lol.

First Dallas
Code:
 6  xe-0-1-3.er1.iad10.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.12.165)  23.893 ms  18.055 ms  14.235 ms
 7  ae7.er2.iad10.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.25.50)  18.699 ms ae6.cr1.dca2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.20.117)  20.095 ms  20.532 ms
 8  ae27.cs1.dca2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.30.246)  68.158 ms  68.251 ms ae1.cr2.dca2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.20.121)  19.561 ms
 9  ae3.cs1.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.29.49)  50.525 ms ae27.cs2.dca2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.30.248)  58.292 ms  58.002 ms
10  ae3.cs2.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.29.45)  53.528 ms  47.118 ms ae0.cs2.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.28.95)  50.304 ms
11  ae5.cs2.dfw2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.28.103)  51.359 ms  52.159 ms  52.335 ms
12  ae27.cr2.dfw2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.30.183)  47.372 ms  50.998 ms  51.170 ms
13  ae7.er2.dfw2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.20.234)  51.442 ms  51.108 ms  47.888 ms
14  ae7.zayo.dfw2.us.AS40676.net (104.216.247.65)  51.754 ms  51.815 ms  51.442 ms
15  edge-infomart.tx.AS40676.net (104.216.247.3)  53.161 ms  52.794 ms  52.467 ms
16  welcome-to-dallas.hostus.us (45.35.44.34)  52.055 ms  54.936 ms  54.930 ms
17  45.58.55.2 (45.58.55.2)  55.242 ms  47.298 ms  51.503 ms
then ATL
Code:
6  xe-0-1-3.er1.iad10.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.12.165)  23.675 ms  18.808 ms  15.419 ms
 7  ae6.cr1.dca2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.20.117)  20.626 ms  20.326 ms ae7.er2.iad10.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.25.50)  20.026 ms
 8  ae27.cs1.dca2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.30.246)  51.714 ms  51.000 ms  51.341 ms
 9  ae3.cs1.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.29.49)  51.794 ms ae27.cs2.dca2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.30.248)  50.991 ms ae3.cs1.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.29.49)  51.070 ms
10  ae0.cs2.iah1.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.28.95)  55.389 ms  46.452 ms  51.044 ms
11  ae5.cs2.dfw2.us.eth.zayo.com (64.125.28.103)  74.822 ms  75.074 ms  50.295 ms
12  ae27.cr2.dfw2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.30.183)  47.523 ms  52.361 ms  52.034 ms
13  ae7.er2.dfw2.us.zip.zayo.com (64.125.20.234)  51.002 ms  48.543 ms  52.402 ms
14  ae7.zayo.dfw2.us.AS40676.net (104.216.247.65)  52.190 ms  51.878 ms  51.677 ms
15  helms-deep.tx.us.infomart.AS40676.net (104.216.247.45)  70.470 ms  70.313 ms  67.348 ms
16  * * *
17  * * *
18  welcome-to-atlanta.hostus.us (216.189.146.2)  53.822 ms  53.320 ms  49.675 ms
19  162.245.216.243 (162.245.216.243)  54.857 ms  54.757 ms  54.456 ms

Are the *** what you're referring to as the bad peer?
Bad peering is a subpar connection between two nodes so the *s (which mean a timeout occurred) could be an indicator.
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