Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
(Ex-Hacker and Technical Researcher)
The first important thing to know about NoodleVPN is that the only platform for which there’s an app is Windows. If you want to configure it to another operating system, you’re going to have rely on third party apps or set it up manually.
In terms of security, the protocols offered are PPTP, Ikev2, IPSec, OpenVPN, and Cisco VPN. The 2048-bit encryption is also a plus. However, there’s no kill switch, so it’s advisable to keep checking your IP to make sure you’re connected.
P2P is allowed on the servers in France, England, Canada, and the Netherlands, and the VPN will get you past Netflix and Hulu blocks – but not BBC iPlayer. Speeds are good on the US server but not so great on UK servers. Hong Kong speeds are the poorest.
It’s unclear how many servers NoodleVPN has, since different numbers are shown on the website. When asked directly, they gave a different number completely and added that some were down. As best as we can surmise, there are servers in somewhere between 10 and 20 countries.
NoodleVPN claims to offer a free 8-day trial, but in actuality you have to pay a $1.00 trial fee. Bandwidth is limited to 250 MB, and the trial is only offered to 100 VPNs a day, so you might try to get it and be denied. There’s no money-back guarantee, although you can request a refund if your VPN doesn’t work for three days. It’s a pretty disappointing policy, especially seeing as many excellent VPN providers offer 7-day money back guarantees. All this suggests that buying a long term plan may be risky.
According to the website, customer support is available 24/7, but there’s no live chat – just a ticketing system – so actually there’s no way to get answers in real time. We got a response from the ticketing system within a few hours, but the answer wasn’t very clear.
There are several packages based on individual needs. One of these is for a static IP address, and several others are for specific dedicated servers. The static plan is pretty reasonably priced, but for some reason the dedicated server plans are quite expensive compared to packages offered by other VPN providers. Up to five simultaneous connections are allowed.
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||5|
Installation on Windows is pretty simple. You receive the app by email after you order, and then you need to follow the step-by-step guide. The interface is quite simple, but if you’re stuck somewhere, you’re pretty much on your own because the customer support system is extremely poor. There is no live chat and although you can submit a ticket, responses are not always friendly or easy to understand.
Tutorials on how to manually configure the VPN to other devices, such as Android, iOS and Ubunto, are offered, but the screenshots provided show old versions of the devices.
NoodleVPN claims to offer a free 8-day trial. However, in order to access it you need to pay a $1.00 trial fee. According to the site, the trial is available to only 100 VPNs a day.
As for the paid plans, you can get a VPN for a static IP for $4.80 per month. This will give you access to 21+ servers, unlimited downloading, and server switching. The 3-month package costs $14, the 6-month package costs $26, the 1-year package costs $47, and the 2-year package costs $60. The 2-year package is the most cost-effective, as your monthly fees will come down to $2.50.
Access to one of NoodleVPN’s 23 dedicated servers are offered at various prices: The New York server costs $8.80 per month and the Ohio server costs $9.00. The cheapest is the Stockholm server at $7.80 per month and the most expensive is the Tokyo server at $11.00 per month. The encryption on dedicated servers can go up to 1024 bits.
Use of CiscoVPN and OpenVPN costs $3.50 for one month or $10 for three months.
NoodleVPN accepts payments via PayPal, Webmoney, Bitcoin, and Perfect Money.
Customer support is only available via a ticketing system, which is usually responsive within a few hours. However, the answers provided are not always helpful or easily understood.
There’s no live chat or telephone support.
- Only available on Windows
- Able to unblock Netflix and Hulu
- Dedicated and static connections
- 5 simultaneous connections on a single account
- P2P allowed on certain servers
- Multiple protocols available, including OpenVPN
- Get started with Noodle VPN now