Router Hosting VPS Review.
An affordable Bitcoin VPS option.
Proof of stake coins are my favorite type of cryptocurrencies, and I’ve been dedicated to staking basically since this journey began. However, I’ve also acquired an interest in masternodes, and to that end I’ve been in the market for a VPS for that purpose.
I did however have a few requirements:
- Must accept Bitcoin
- Allows anonymous registration
- Hosted outside the United States
Fortunately for me Router Hosting has ticked all of those boxes. They allow you to purchase a VPS with multiple cryptocurrencies, and in most cases it can be instantly created after your payment is confirmed. While the payment section does ask you for billing information you don’t have to put factual data in here. There’s nothing to verify it against since you’re not using a credit card, and this is likely just a requirement of their shopping cart software.
They also offer some of the most affordable plans you will find anywhere for an anonymous, off shore host that accepts Bitcoin. You can get a basic Linux based VPS starting at $5/month, but they also offer Windows operating systems for free! This is very rare in the world of VPS providers as they usually charge you a bundle for any paid operating systems like this.
The service itself is very reliable, and while I have not had any issues concerning my account, I did contact customer support to inquire about purchasing additional IP addresses for masternodes. The owner is actually quite active on the Bitcoin Talk forums, and he was quick to give me a response. Thus I would assume their normal customer service is quite good as well.
Router Hosting is also quite generous with the resources they offer you on their VPS plans, and it’s not hard to find something that will suit your purposes but also won’t cost you a ton of money. Some other options I looked at that ticked all my boxes would cost upwards of $40/month for way less!
Above you can see some sample prices. The first section is for an SSD VPS, but if you don’t mind having a traditional HDD, then you can get a really good deal. All of their plans come with one dedicated IP address and free DDoS protection as well, which is nice. Most other providers, including the more expensive options will require you purchase DDos protection separately.
How does all this perform though? I decided to also share my speed tests with you so you can see for yourself. Keep in mind though that these will vary heavily based on several factors including the location of the server verses the location of the person accessing it and the configuration of your website.
My particular VPS is hosted at the France location, and as you can see, testing it from Stockholm provided the fastest result, because it is closer to the server. However, American traffic still manages to get a decent page load. The only poor loading location for me is Australia which has a painfully slow loading time of 7-8 seconds due to geographical constraints unfortunately.
The dashboard is fairly straight forward, but if you’re not experienced with using a VPS or Linux operating systems then you will likely be confused and frustrated initially. The operator assumes that you know what all of this stuff is, but seeing as this was my first time with a VPS I did not. They have very little documentation, and you’ll be on your own learning to use everything.
If you purchase a Windows VPS then you’ll connect via the Remote Desktop client, but if you purchase a Linux VPS you’ll need to manage it using the VNC. The VNC is command line based, and it has no GUI. On the dashboard you can also start or stop the VPS as needed or access usage logs.
Router Hosting also gives you access to a wide variety of operating system and control panel options. They not only offer a variety of flavors of Linux, but also several totally free Windows operating systems for your VPS. These include several versions of Windows Server, Windows 7, Windows 10, and XP as well.
You can re-install or swap operating systems here at any time, and I actually tested out several of them before deciding on Ubuntu. However, if you have not yet decided on your operating system I’d recommend Ubuntu 16 instead of 14, because it comes pre-loaded with PHP 7, and it saves you the trouble of upgrading later.
Ubuntu also has the most documentation available, and it’s compatible with the majority of the server software you may want to use. This makes it a more convenient option all around, and unless you have some very specific need for another Linux flavor then I wouldn’t bother installing anything else.
My only major complaint thus far has to do with the above control panels. It would be nice if the dashboard actually specified some information about them. Such as which operating systems they worked with so you could decide before choosing an OS. I installed Suse first since it’s the only flavor I had any experience with only to find that none of the control panels worked for it.
It would also be nice if it noted whether or not those control panels are free. The dashboard makes it look like they are included, but upon installing Plesk I found out that it did not actually come with a license, and I would be required to purchase it separately. Ubuntu works with Vesta which is free to use minus a few features, and I finally ended up using that after test driving several operating system and control panel combinations.
While Vesta is free, the underlying software installer Softaculous is not. It actually costs you $12 a year, but if you plan on managing several different WordPress sites from your VPS then I think it’s still worth it. It’s by far the easiest way to get your site up and running if you are not experienced with Linux. It requires only a few easy commands, and then you’re good to go.
Just a note, If you install Vesta via the “one click installer” it will not actually provide you with your login information. You’ll need to use the VNC to login to finish the installation and retrieve your Vesta login info. The dashboard neglects to inform you of this.
While most VPS providers only accept Bitcoin, if they accept any cryptocurrencies at all, Router Hosting actually accepts an ass load of altcoins as well. Here’s the list of cryptocurrencies that they accept via Coin Payments.
- Bitcoin Cash
- Ethereum Classic
- Cloak Coin
- Cure Coin
- Gold Coin
- Token Pay
- Pink Coin
- Pot Coin
I’m more than satisfied with the service that Router Hosting provides, and they provide a lot of options for both payment and freedom when utilizing your VPS. They do not block adult content, torrents, proxies or VPNs either if you’re interested in running any of those things. They also offer a 7 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied as well if you’d like to test it out first. You can visit router hosting here to see their plans.
- Accepts Bitcoin and many altcoins
- Allows for anonymous purchases
- Offers dedicated resources
- Several Raid configurations
- Free Windows Operating System
- Free dedicated IP address
- Free DDos Protection
- Offshore locations
- One click CP installations
- Performance and budget options
- Instant Setup
- Adult, torrents, proxy, and VPN allowed
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