I have downloaded a VPN service app, and it works fine. However, if I run on school WiFi, VPN hangs on "Connecting..." and after 10 seconds it disconnects and tries again. I believe this is a WiFi problem, but I don't know for sure.

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Most schools have firewalls on their network that prevent VPNs from being used. This is because firewall website filtering can be usually bypassed by using a VPN.

So as you guessed, it is something on the network that’s blocking the VPN.

And just so you know I have not found a way to bypass a VPN blocker or firewall(I am also a student at a school with a similar firewall)

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    Not just bypassing web filtering, VPNs are notoriously bandwidth hungry and will gobble up bandwidth even when usage is minimal.
    – Allan
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 14:09
  • @Allan Does it do this just because the encrypted traffic is bigger then the unencrypted? Or is there another reason?
    – Matthew
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 14:13
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    That's just one. Another is that it must create a static tunnel (both end points must be active) so there needs to be continual traffic in both directions to keep it connected.
    – Allan
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 14:15
  • So in other words, I'm screwed. Correct?
    – Unknown
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 14:23
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    Allan's information is largely incorrect. While there is some very small fixed overhead for a VPN, there is no degree of "continual traffic" while idle that would impact other network users. Filtering is purely because whoever put the filter in place wants control over what you can access and ability to intercept your communications and authentication channels. It is not about resource usage. Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 18:58

Use Psiphon, it is a vpn designed to bypass firewalls. It works at my school.

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