We were used to create charts about PPTP vs OpenVPN or PPTP vs L2TP etc. Today, we have a new comer. It is Softether and we are going to compare and contrast this new technology with OpenVPN to see which one is better.
SoftEther is the abbreviation of the Software Ethernet and it supports multiple VPN protocols like L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP. As of 2014, it is one of the most sophisticated VPN software ever written.
Below you can see what it supports.
Developed in Japan, Softether is free to use and open source. Moreover, it is Heartbleed safe since it uses OpenSSL 0.9.8.
Let’s compare and contrast this new software with OpenVPN.
Softether vs OpenVPN
|Licence||GNU GPL||GNU GPL|
|C / C++ |
|Developed by||OpenVPN technologies||SoftetherVPN project, University of Tsukuba, Japan|
|Supported VPN protocols||OpenVPN only||OpenVPN |
VPN over HTTPS
VPN over DNS
VPN over ICMP
|Supported Native Built-in VPN Clients of Operating Systems||No||Windows (L2TP, SSTP) |
Mac OS x (L2TP)
|Throughput||<100 Mbps||>900 Mbps|
|NAT traversal function||No||Yes|
|Dynamic DNS function||No||Yes|
|VPN via HHTP proxy||Yes||Yes|
|Delay, Jitter and Packet loss generator (Simulation function)||No||Yes|
|Virtual DHCP & Nat Function||No||Yes|
|Listen on Multiple TCP/UDP Ports||No||Yes|
|Smartcards & USB tokens||No||Yes |
(VPN Server GUI manager)
|RPC over HTTPS management||No||Yes|
|Config file hand writing||No||Yes|
|Multi Language on UI||English only||English, Japanese, Chinese|
Mac OS X
Mac OS X
Chart itself shows how superior Softether to OpenVPN in many features.
You can download this software here. After download is complete, double click on the installation file and click next. Then you will see the step 2 below.
In this step make sure you select the Softether VPN Client! Keep on clicking “Next”
Finish your installation and start the program.
Right click on “Add VPN connection” and then select “New VPN Connection Setting…”
You will see the configuration page below.
There are some important parts you need to pay attention to.
- First of all, Softether is not supported by many VPN companies. Very first company implemented this system to their servers is CactusVPN.
- If you have a premium account with CactusVPN, you can get the Softether work with Netherlands server. “Destination VPN server” credentials and the “User name & Pass” can be acquired from your client panel.
- Make sure you select “Radius or NT domain Authentication” while entering your log in details.
What good Softether is?
When I first started to use Softether, I immediately ran a speed test and I was really impressed with the result.[table “9” not found /]
You may also see the Softether test result screen shot.
This is the first time I get that much high result from a Europe server.
Wrapping it up
It is out of question that Softether will change the understanding of security, speed and portability in VPN world.
Feature compare and contrast chart as well as the speed test results have already dethroned OpenVPN. Supporting more than 900 Mbps speeds, Softether seems to be widely used in the future as fiber optic cables, normal internet connections and wireless connections improves.
Hoping to see other VPN companies implement this great software to their services.