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Most VPN services are not optimized for today’s internet users and rely on pre-built protocols that are full of useless legacy code (or don’t work well on mobile devices, which don’t support the common AES standard). But Lightway is a whole new protocol built from the ground up by ExpressVPN. It only contains about 1,000 lines of code, allowing you to connect to anonymous servers in a split second without wasting processing power or battery. (ExpressVPN is one of the few services that go this route, Cloudflare is a notable exception).
But Lightway’s most innovative feature isn’t speed or energy efficiency; it is the protocol’s tolerance for internet and network switching outages. Older VPN protocols have to restart your session after an outage and tend to falter when switching from Wi-Fi to 4G on mobile devices. Lightway, with its focus on the modern web experience, maintains a connection when switching networks on laptops or phones, and continues your VPN session after an internet outage without the latency of other services. Until now, Speedify was the only service that supported seamless network switching.
Interestingly, ExpressVPN plans to open Lightway to transparency and control. If you’re interested in the Lightway code or don’t want to use closed-source VPN software, check out ExpressVPN’s developer blog post on Lightway.
ExpressVPN is our highest recommended VPN service thanks to its speed, reliability, strict no-logging policy and advanced features such as split tunneling. You can try ExpressVPN and the new Lightway protocol today for just $ 10 a month. Current ExpressVPN customers can try Lightway after updating their ExpressVPN app on desktop or mobile. Keep in mind that Lightway isn’t available on iOS yet, but it supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and routers.