You probably already know that Netflix has been seriously cracking down on DNS and VPNs that allow people outside the US to connect to the American version of Netflix, including travellers and active military serving overseas. We’ve continuously posted free DNS codes that get reported as working – remember you can comment anonymously – but keep in mind that lately these codes haven’t been working for long as it’s easy for Netflix to shut down DNS. After those started disappearing rapidly we looked around for other solutions, trying various Smart-DNS and VPN solutions and seeing what works for most people.
Now we’re using StrongVPN (click here for a coupon for 15% off), because that’s the only thing we’ve found consistently working currently; the client is easy to use, and they have a Chrome plugin, and it’s less than $5 per month if you use the coupon code and sign up for 12 months.
What’s the difference between Smart-DNS and a VPN?
- Smart-DNS: Computers don’t actually go to “Netflix.com”, they ask a DNS server what the IP address of Netflix.com is and go to that address to find it. A Smart-DNS tells Netflix that someone in [enter country here] is looking for Netflix.com instead of where they really are.
- VPN: A “Virtual Private Network” actually lets you connect to Netflix through the server, and the server is located in [enter country here]. This is much harder to shut down, because it looks like any other computer connecting to the service. Sure, it looks suspicious if loads of people start connecting from the same place, but university dorms, and sometimes whole neighborhoods share an IP. Of course Netflix employees could just buy a membership and see what IP they connect to…
So unfortunately Netflix has taken the upper hand in the cat-and-mouse game again, and people’s experience using any VPN or DNS has been inconsistent at best. Sometimes it works for a while, then stops loading things at the beginning of the stream. Other times it directly tells you that they detected an unblocker:
Rather than giving up, we’ve kept trying out different options to see what works for us – and what would keep working for more than a few weeks. Strong has worked for us since we started using it in early July.
How do you use it?
It’s really easy to use: just install the client after you sign up, pull down the list to the country you want to connect to, and click “connect”
Using the Chrome plugin is just as easy: Install the plugin to Chrome, and choose where you want to connect from. Not only can you access sites like Netflix from the US or other countries, but you’ll protected from ISPs slowing down traffic to certain sites, or anyone trying to snoop on your connection – it’s all secure between you and the StrongVPN servers.
So that’s what we’re currently using, and if you’re still inputting DNS codes and hunting for American Netflix access we recommend checking out StrongVPN, again with our 15% off coupon code if you want to save some money and let them know we sent you. We’re still updating our free codes as they are reported, and we’re not against other services – this is just what’s working best for us. We appreciate you keeping us updated and letting them know we sent you with the coupon code above, thanks!