A network protocol that enables stable conversation over the internet or untrusted networks. It ensures guaranteed data delivery with GRE and TCP port 1723. PPTP has the ability to tunnel all RAS-supported protocols. Works with numerous devices and operating systems, making it on hand to a massive user base. Provides the highest speed as compared to other protocols.

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A Brief Overview

What is PPTP VPN

What is PPTP VPN?

Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is one of the oldest protocols by Microsoft, and it’s also pretty darn fast. In fact, it is the fastest of all VPN protocols. That means it’s a great option for applications where speed is important such as streaming and gaming. That being said, PPTP is not as secure because of its weak encryption standard.

How Does a PPTP Work

How Does a PPTP Work?

When used for remote access over the Internet, PPTP uses the TCP port 1723 for communication which uses the Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) protocol to encapsulate PPP packets. When initiated from the client side, PPTP tunneling doesn’t need devices like routers, etc.

Multi-Protocol Tunneling

Multi-Protocol Tunneling

Multi-Protocol Tunneling allows you a single PPTP client to establish multiple VPN tunnels with different PPTP servers. While other protocols may only support Internet Protocol (IP) packets, PPTP tunnels all RAS-supported protocols.

Pros and Cons of PPTP VPN


  • Speed: PPTP offers the fastest speed among all other protocols.
  • Set Up: Any user with some or little knowledge can configure the PPTP protocol easily.
  • Availability: It is available on all the major and current operating systems.
  • Compatibility: Default Windows compatibility


  • Encryption: PPTP comes with RSA and RC4 algorithms which uses 128-bit encryption.
  • Performance: PPTP has several performance issues when you connected on unsteady connection.
  • Security: The protocol isn’t ideal for users and businesses who want to keep their data secure.
  • Support: No support for Perfect Forward Secrecy


Guaranteed Data Delivery

The PPTP protocol uses the GRE and TCP port 1723 for smooth data transmission.

Multi Protocol Tunneling

While some only enable you to tunnel Internet Protocol (IP) packets, PPTP has the ability to tunnel all RAS supported protocols.

Fastest Speed

Due to low level encryption, it offers highest speed as compared to other protocols. (It’s a toss up! What do you want, speed or security?)

How to Setup PPTP

Click on the icons below for our step-by-step guides on how to setup PPTP VPN on different operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, iOS, Linux, DD-WRT and more.

  • Windows

  • Mac

  • Android

  • iPhone

  • iPad

  • Linux

  • Chrome

  • Huawei

Also Compatible With

Other VPN Protocols

PureVPN offers support for all major VPN protocols and platforms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is PPTP VPN Secure?

The Answer is No, because PPTP uses 128 bit encryption and have numerous security vulnerabilities. That is why it is insecure.

How does PPTP VPN work?

It works by creating a secure and encrypted connection between your device and a remote server. All data transmitted between your device and the server is encrypted, providing a high level of security.

Can I use PPTP VPN on my mobile device?

Yes, PPTP VPN can be used on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.


Yes! PPTP is one of the fastest VPN protocol because it doesn’t employ much encryption and can keep its focus on providing fastest speeds.