Thank you very much, I wasn't aware of that! =) That's a great option, and the only thing missing is the ability to disable the 3 hops on the client side as well (or perhaps 2 hops since I assume one hop is needed for routing purposes?).
But I can see that there is a possibility to tweak the countries the 3 hops are located in, so I think the performance should be more than enough for most use cases.
Again, thank you for pointing it out. =)
More information about formatting options
Drupal Design and Maintenance by New Eon Media
Drupal Development by Chapter Three