Can I Use a VPN with Mediacom? – VPN on Mediacom Not Working

Updated on: 7 June 2019
Updated on: 7 June 2019

Yes, you can. The issue is not necessarily that the ISP has a beef with VPNs per se.

The problem is often torrenting through the vpn when connected to mediacom network. This what many users still have problems with.

We’ve heard stories from customers whose internet speed gets throttled excessively if they have an active torrent download.

This could only lead one think that Mediacom tracks your traffic knows what you’re doing online at all times.

1. Mediacom VPN Issues

Something that all VPN users fear – DNS leaks!

An incorrectly configured VPN connection can reveal your true IP.

This is especially worrying for Mediacom customers.

Why? Because of their “three-strikes policy” on torrents:

  • With the first strike, you will receive a notice to stop all torrenting activities
  • The second strike gets you disconnected from the internet and you have to do some paperwork before getting back to business
  • The third and final strike results in permanent disconnection from the network with no hope of ever using Mediacom again, ever. Yeah, it’s a lifetime penalty.

While this sounds inconvenient and a bit oppressive, many users have reported that it’s not enforced. Some have even claimed that they received five notices in the span of a few months with nothing happening.

It may be just a scare tactic that they use to prevent users from torrenting. Either way, Mediacom does receive many DMCA notices from copyright holders, pinpointing certain IP addresses that have downloaded their materials.

As such, some users have received notices from Mediacom insisting that they would terminate the users’ services for “copyright infringement”, even when those users had been using a VPN that should have protected them.

The only reasonable and plausible theory for why the speed would be plummeting when using a VPN with Mediacom or why you receive notices is that the VPN itself is to blame.

  • First, it’s no secret that these programs have slower connection speeds than what your ISP provides. It depends on your location and distance from the VPN, the encryption used, and the strength of your signal.
  • Second, there’s the problem with DNS and IP leaks caused by the VPN, or rather the incorrect use of the VPN.
  • Third, some VPN providers just don’t allow P2P file sharing or they’re actively throttling the torrents themselves.

I’m uncertain whether Mediacom is actively throttling the speed of VPN users, but considering that there are a lot of companies that use VPNs and have no problems, the problem seems to be elsewhere entirely.

As such, we should talk about how you can manage your VPN to get rid of any leaks, and how you can prevent Mediacom from sending you any notices.

2. VPN setup and obfuscated servers

No one, not even your ISP, should be able to decrypt and see what you do on the internet when you’re using a VPN. Although your ISP may be able to see patterns in your internet traffic that point to torrent sharing.

As such, here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to build an impenetrable digital shield around you:

Set up a VPN on your router

This will stop your computer sending any traffic out through any ports not secured by the VPN, and ensures all your internet use is encrypted. See our guide to VPN routers for more information.

Check for DNS leaks

Go to DNSleaktest.com, and see whether the IP you get is that of the VPN or your actual one.

If it’s your real IP, then you have a problem. Try deactivating WebRTC in your browser. Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all have this option activated by default.

Use a killswitch

Make sure the kill-switch feature is enabled, just in case the VPN stops working out of the blue. Some users had a better idea – setting up your Firewall to only allow internet traffic if the VPN is functioning properly.

If, for some reason, the VPN stops working, the firewalls cuts of the internet connection immediately.

The big one – obfuscated servers

NordVPN provides several specialty servers. One of which can help you with the Mediacom issue.

Obfuscated servers disguise your VPN traffic as normal encrypted internet traffic, meaning that if Mediacom does in fact monitor and throttle torrent traffic, they won’t even detect it.

Why we recommend NordVPN for Mediacom users

  • Over 4000 servers spread across in more than 60 countries
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • Top of the line encryption
  • Reliable zero-logging policy
  • No leaks of any kind
  • obfuscated servers
  • Great speeds.
  • P2P file sharing is allowed and there is no traffic throttling going on.
  • In-built kill-switch

Try NordVPN now – 30 day money back guarantee.

Written by: Bogdan Patru

Author, creative writer, and tech-geek. Bogdan has followed his passion for the digital world ever since he got his hands of his first pc. After years of accumulating knowledge and experience, the good Samaritan in him whispered him one day about the virtue of sharing that knowledge with those who needed it. It was 2014 when that idea would grow into a life-defining passion. One that keeps driving him to this day.

3 thoughts on “Can I Use a VPN with Mediacom? – VPN on Mediacom Not Working”

  1. Tony B Brown says:

    Very well said Bog. I use ATT and have 100mbs and when VPN engages it drops to 18mbs. Wasting my money. Later

  2. Tony B Brown says:

    As stated, got ATT 100 mbs and after using VPN it drops to a average of 18 mbs. A waste of money for $60 month. See you soon Mediacom.

    1. joe.r says:

      Thanks for you comment Tony. Which VPN are you using? NordVPN has obfuscated servers that, as the name suggests, disguises VPN traffic as regular internet traffic. We’d be very interested in hearing first-hand accounts!

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