Boring Review: CatalystHost for VPNs
I've used CatalystHost for VPNs for about 1.5 years. I can only review them on the basis of their LEB special plans.
You can't find these on their main web site. You need to go into WHMCS and select "LEB DALLAS EXCLUSIVE PLANS" or find an old thread on LET/LEB. The particular plans I have are 128/64, 10GB disk, 10TB transfer, OvZ in Dallas. I don't use anything like 10TB a month but it's nice to never worry.
Interestingly, from my house in Portland, Vultr Seattle is ~100ms, while Dallas is 60ms, which makes no sense to me. You network types are weird. OK, I actually do understand how that could happen but it's still weird. I could find a lower ping in PDX but haven't needed one to date.
My review is kind of boring because essentially the service has worked great. I used to use @Nyr 's roadwarrior script, but now I use the Angristan OpenVPN installer, as Angristan has much better security, even though it's well know that I have no competence in the field of IT security, so take this for what it's worth.
I can't remember a time I've noticed any overhead, but my Internet is generally either bulk downloads, interactive SSH, or web browsing. I haven't put the Roku on a VPN yet as various fascist streaming services get their panties in a wad about DC IPs. I use Viscosity on Mac or Windows and whether the padlock is red or green, it feels the same to me on any of my clients.
In the entire time I've been with Catalyst, I don't remember a single outage. @ryanarp is friendly to deal with and sorted a credit/plan change for me very quickly..
This is LET so I have to complain about something...let's see:
I wish they had a few more locations for this plan for when I travel, but it's so cheap I can understand why they don't.
@ryanarp doesn't participate on LET as much as he used to, alas. This actually is my only major concern - is Catalyst in the lowend market for the long haul? Well, it's not like I have a ton of money at risk.
Good work @ryanarp !
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