Yay! They've effectively limited my bandwidth b/c my VPN dramatically cuts down my time ul/dl speeds.
Anyone got good suggestions for fast VPNs? I'm using premium version of ProXPN (getting just 1mb/s DL speeds while torrenting under VPN)
Yeah, BT does the same. You can just use a VPN like ProXPN or any of zillion PB mirrors. Also there's that way of downloading stuff that's better than torrenting but you're not supposed to mention, which can use an encrypted connection so the ISP can't see what you're downloading.
That's true to the point of exit on the VPN side. Comcast could see you transferring traffic from you to ProXPN or something, but can't see past that.
Likewise, you don't need your own DNS. There are plenty of public, free DNS services, like Google's.
Does both the company AND its servers need to be outside of US jurisdiction? Or just the company?
For example, I use which is based out of the Netherlands but has 5+ VPN servers on US soil.
If possible, you should always connect to websites via SSL. Check out HTTPS Everywhere, but should server basic browsing purposes, or for testing to see how it works.
Of course, neither of these things will help at all if the NSA has access to the website's databases, and there isn't much you can do to stay hidden in that case. Avoid using personal identifying information if at all possible, and avoid logging into websites with Facebook/Google accounts.
We moved to AWS. The AWS servers are awesome - they are the latest generation. In addition, we spun up more than we should really need, based on CPU. In spite of all that, two things have happened: 1) a bug in the game since launch seems to show up more often than it did, which causes some lag. Extra servers help but does not fix that. 2) anytime we move datacenters internet routing gets messed up and it is substantially out of our control. When we moved Guild Wars from Los Angeles to Dallas, our own routes from the studio still went down to LA and then to Dallas! It’s like the internet has some kind of memory and is slow to adapt. The best thing you can do is try a free VPN (like ProXPN) and see if it improves your connectivity and ping. Using a VPN seems to get around the bad routing effect (which also gets better over time). The internet is a complicated beast; I heard recently that about 1,000 routing changes a minute occur around the world. Oh my.
That's a pretty noobish solution and easy to block/discover. Simply get a VPN here at home, it's a definitive solution that won't have any sketchy servers that may or may not be logging traffic (as long as you get a reputable VPN. I recommend ProXPN). If you don't want to pay a bit for a temporary VPN, then proxies might work for you if you absolutely can't help yourself... but they're not the safest or best solution.
1) Sign up for a private VPN (I recommend ProXPN).
2) As of yesterday, they've run audio and image-graphic commercials during the breaks. Trust me.... the blank screen is better. There's onyl two advertisers, too, so you'll basically hear about Hardy's (Carl's Junior) 30 times per game
Isn't this already in the launcher if you click the Wrench icon in the top right corner there's an option to turn of P2P download? Even if not that, maybe try a VPN provider to bypass University P2P restrictions (I use ProXPN but I'm sure there are others) - some will give you limited bandwidth free access if money is tight - it might take a while to download update at those speeds but it will finish eventually.
Currently sitting at Tim's. I've got no problem connecting with OpenVPN (port 1194) - which is fine for my ProXPN VPN (and OpenVPN on my private VPS). McDonalds is a bit worse... had to setup a second instance of OpenVPN on port 443 and route through there.
If one can afford it, I would strongly recommend paying for VPN services when using any wired or wireless network you don't own/control, ensuring that your traffic is encrypted and not being intercepted by bad actors.
I use ProXPN, and it's reasonably priced. I pay for a full year at a time.
Free VPN services aren't trust-worthy.
I fixed the asterisk. I travel for work and want to watch my nats, so I signed up for MLB TV. It's a great service.
Unfortunately, I'm in the blackout for Cardinals, Reds, and Braves, aka "Nationals April Schedule".
If you sign up for a private VPN service, however, (I recommend ProXPN) you can make your traffic come from anywhere! I can even watch the MASN broadcast from home, by making it look like i'm in New York, LA, Etc. It's not cheap, but it's effective, and it's cheaper than hunting down bars during the blackout games. There's even a mobile client, so I can watch on my tablet while i'm grilling.
That said, You'll still be subject to National Game (Saturday Fox, Sunday Night ESPN) blackouts.
ProXPN defeats all blackouts. The free version has a bandwidth limit but it doesn't matter. This is how it works:
1) Start up ProXPN and log in
2) Start streaming the game and adjust the bitrate to 400kbps
3) Once the game is streaming nice and smooth close ProXPN
4) Bump that stream back up to 3000kbps
I pay for 60 down and 6 up with Cox Cable.
Here is my result using US-West (Utah) with Windscribe. I live in NW Arkansas.
Way better than I ever got with PIA or ProXPN, which I have been using the last several months.
Well I use ProXPN, UK, The Netherlands and Singapore. Once activated on UK, for example, Netflix recognizes it as a UK signal and you can experience the UK service.
It should be obvious from my language that I am in no way affiliated to the magical tech elves that make this wizardry possible.
Last year, whenever the Mets were playing the Braves and it was on TV, I had to VPN into in order to hear Gary, Keith, and Ron. One thing that I learned is that the location verification only takes place at connection. Once I got past the blackout, I could kill the VPN and oddly, it would keep playing. Not sure why that would work on a technical level, but it did.
The reason I killed the VPN, by the way, was because of bandwidth issues. Running everything through a VPN made the video choppy at times (not always, just sometimes).
Edit: If it's not obvious, I live in the southeast outside of Florida, and so its considered Braves territory.
Edit 2: I use ProXPN and I have a pro account. I think it's like $60 a year or something like that. It also comes in useful for things like public wifi hotspots.
Regarding the VPN, its basically a ProXPN clone (almost an exact clone..) that has no mobile support whatsoever. It says you have to configure ios and android manually through PPTP.. but PPTP is not secure, so no go.. All in all, a bit too high of a price for a rebranded desktop app, weak encryption tunneling, and no mobile support. I'd pass if I were you, on VPN at least.
Yeah to me it seems connections to certain internet backbones are down. I can get Reddit no problem, but not Imgur. is unreachable. YouTube's site is available, but the videos themselves are not.
I've tried 3 alternate DNS providers as well, with no luck.
EDIT: VPN using solves the problem for me.
A VPN might work, there are some that you can use for free. I use the paid version of ProXPN, but then again I live in the US so I didn't try it for this anyway.
All I'm saying is that where there's a will there's a way!
A search through this subreddit for VPN will get some good info.
I have been using ProXPN for about a month now and while I am still mucking around with settings for wireless on my phone and tablet (I can't work out how to configure something in my router) it works without a hassle on my desktop and laptop running wireless and mobile devices over 3G/4G.
There is usually a promo code for a 20% discount at Freetalklive and if you pay with bitcoin, as I did, you get another 10%? discount. There is also a free version to try.
The only apps where I've had hiccups have been Outlook and poker apps that think I'm in the USA. I just turn it off while I use these.
They're pretty much the same, except OpenVPN would be aimed more towards people who want to run their own VPN configurations.
I'm still doing my CCNA so I'm fairly new to networking. Hamachi and ProXPN give you a pre configured set of rules. IE, you will always connect to a certain set of servers.
OpenVPN is a lot more configurable. You can download .config files from different VPN providers and connect at your will and even run OpenVPN AS on a server to manage and maintain your own VPN.
This. My suggestion is to use a free vpn. When you go to work/sleep/school turn on your vpn and setup your DL's. It will possibly be slower, but it's better than $675,000. Plus, the free caps aren't that bad and will most likely finish in a good nights sleep/days work .
Heads up, ProXPN throttles uTorrent traffic. Had to stop using them because of it. That is, down to 5 kb/s so it's unbearable.
No Problemo, im always here to answer questions and I will clarify that in the main post. Yes, a VPN does encrypt all internet traffic if it is L2TP, PPTP, SSTP, OpenVPN, etc. Custom Clients such as Hotspot shield, ProXPN, etc do not however. In some cases, some VPNs allow you to run a mail server from their VPN IP.
There's a program called ProXPN you can boot up which allows you access to every game. For some reason with that program, Gamecenter thinks you are outside of every broadcast area, even national stuff. If they have a free trial this year I'd suggest trying it out.
You just boot up ProXPN and connect to it then boot up Gamecenter and choose your game, then you can turn off ProXPN as soon as the game loads up so you have more bandwidth since Gamecenter doesn't check your IP after starting it up. Might stutter a bit but it'll catch back up.
I had a video last season showing how to do it but I deleted it because I was concerned someone from the NHL might find it haha. If need be I can make another video next season. It's against the Gamecenter policies but I did it all last year and nobody said anything about it.
Witopia (which I have an account on but it isn't very good in Hangzhou)
Tech Savy Method
Create a SOCKS proxy over SSH (requires you have a server you can SSH into outside of China):
Open the SSH connection…
ssh -ND 8887 -p 22
Set your network to point to the proxy. On a Mac that would be…
a. Open Network Preferences…
b. Click Advanced…
c. Click Proxies…
d. Check the SOCKS Proxy box then in the SOCKS Proxy Server field enter localhost and the port you used (8887)
e. OK and Apply and you are done!
p.s. Bonus! You can enable gzip compression by setting the -C flag
ssh -C -ND 8887 -p 22
This is weird. I was given a 173.0.13.x IP and insists I'm somewhere in the UK and latency is actually lower to any server there than in the US. Yet I can watch Hulu just fine. What kind of sorcery is this?
So far I'm loving it. No ads or spyware! Yay! A million upboats.
Anyone that got premium, can you confirm if you got lower latency than the free service?
Edit: Directed to ProXPN - I was reading the policies and found the SPAM policy scary. It says:
> You will be charged $150 USD per spam complaint that we receive regarding your account.
What if my computer gets infected with a trojan/virus/spambot/etc? Please clarify before you get my credit card info.
Above and Beyond have the same 720p streaming limit. I agree you think they would at least add 1080p streaming with out charging you an extra $10 per month. I was fortunate enough to grab a ProXPN lifetime account for $39 a few years ago it works fine for bypassing the limit.
I use NordVPN. I think ProXPN has a free version you can try, if you don't feel like paying for one right now. I'm not even sure if it will work, but it sounds like it may? Connection speeds may be a little slower when using a VPN , just an FYI.
EDIT: with the free version of ProXPN, you may also be limited on which servers you can connect to. Let me do a little more digging to see what I can find
I bought a lifetime subscription to ProXPN a couple of years ago for $45. I've been very happy with them, although I tend to use their service to get around region locks as opposed to privacy. ProXPN does have a Linux client, but as they use OpenVPN, I just configured it myself using their certs.
There is a Fx add on called HTTPS Everywhere that will try and force all websites to use HTTPS all the time. Also, your browser sends other identifiable info such as screen size, installed fonts, etc. If you want to reduce your trackability from that, use a VM and a fresh install of Linux or something.
There are free VPNs like ProXPN and NordVPN that are just slightly slower for free tier. Idk anything about Hotspot Shield.
I only know that American authorities can legally force collection of logs from American based ISPs.
Appreciate seeing all VPN's reviewed, not just the "top tier" ones.
ProXPN has been the slowest VPN I've ever used. It's like being on dial-up.
And their Android app doesn't support TCP protocol, making it useless on some carriers.
has a premium service with a feature called "trails" that will allow my readers to verify the results of my rolls by using a link.
I made the roll for the first review, the result was 91, which currently corresponds to ProXPN
I've been using ProXPN for almost 2 years without issue. Like /u/Boejgen, I have seen some speed reduction (to be expected) but not really slow - maybe 20-30%. It's still adequate to stream video, which I use it for quite a bit (NFL games), in high quality. And for that, I'm generally connected to an end-point overseas in Europe. When I connect to an end-point in the US it's very fast and reliable.
Haven't had any reason to contact customer service personally. I will when my current premium subscription is up because I also purchased the lifetime deal, but still had 6 months to go on my annual subscription. So I currently have 2 subscriptions, ha.
Also, ProXPN is the VPN recommend by the Security Now podcast by Steve Gibson (they are advertisers as well).
Can someone explain to me the difference between the Getflix VPN and the ProXPN VPN service offered as a bundle in this deal?
What does ProXPN offer that Getflix doesn't, and should I try using it?
Also, when I'm using my AppleTV and want to connect to Stan instead of Netflix, is there an easy way of disabling Getflix, or perhaps instructing my Getflix service to ignore traffic to Stan? (Obviously I'd like the bigger Netflix catalogue but don't want to be locked out of Stan if possible.)
Thanks in advance.
It depends on their network. They might have a completely open WiFi, a WEP protected WiFi with a super generic password, or maybe even WPA2 Enterprise (probably not likely). Unless it's WPA2, you should expect anyone can see your traffic. That means, use HTTPS all the time or spring for a VPN like ProXPN.
markets their product as "FREE VPN, GET YOUR 100% FREE VPN HERE". I'm going to say its a VPN and is in violation of Perk's terms of service. I would uninstall it from any devices and when you redeem- you shouldn't use a device with ProXPN installed. The rewards may get cancelled.
A VPN essentially "hides" or spoofs your traffic to make it appear- to other servers that your physical location is actually somewhere else. Some use it to put their device in the US when they are actually not; then use different misc. services that are for US individuals only. This is my main guess why Perk does not allow it. They only have payment and taxes set up in the countries that Perk supports via their TOS.
You can sign up for an account with a VPN service such as ProXPN. They have portals in several US cities and at locations around the world. When you use their service you will be encrypted between your PC and their server so no one can see what you are doing, where you are going or even the IP address that you are going to other than the encrypted traffic to their servers.
+1 for VPN. That's not a bad in general and there so many providers who accept bitcoin for their service now. I'm recommending . Currently they sponsor 's show Security Now and with the offer code from the show, you get the service for 5 usd a month for a year. (and no, I'm not a promotion guy or work for proxpn or twit, I just think they are cool and I'm happy with their products)
Alternatively, you can go through the TOR network.
Just switched from ProXPN to PIA myself. It works worlds better and doesn't keep logs. (They say anyway) All servers have been about the speed of my raw connection, and sometimes a bit more in bursty speed tests.
ProXPN. Not sure if it is the ISP, but when I use the New York proxy it is capped at 200kb, but oddly enough the New York 2 one is fine. I am hoping they are not cracking down on my usage though, that would really suck.
ProXPN is another VPN service. They have a free version so you can try it and make sure it works well for your you. There's also a paid version which provides additional features i.e. VPN from your mobile device etc.
I would clean it up so whatever you post online doesn't show the retailer, post using a free proxy (ProXPN's free proxy would make it seem like you're posting from Dallas, Texas) and highlight the fact this company ended up pulling in more money than they would have without legislation to remove the lowest unit of currency. I would definitely post it though, that's proof something just ain't right in that scheme. It may be that the government had no idea this would benefit retailers, but it may be that they saw a means to cut spending (no more minting low denomination coins) and increase tax revenue, if only slightly.
Well, you can use ghostvpn for free, I used that for a while but for some reason It stopped working, perhaps because I was torrenting. If you pay with bitcoin, you can get ProXPN for $5 a month. I've used them also, they are pretty good and torrenting isn't an issue. Good luck shibe!
I second this. So far there hasn't been any indication of any oversight (they state they don't keep logs), and they have an Android app. I tried ProXPN prior, and got a letter from them via my ISP after snagging the finale of True Detective since HBO Go is terrible. Always go with no oversight/logs.
Did you buy it in Italy or have it shipped from the US? If you had it Shipped the WiiU could be pulling down the Update for Italy's region based on your IP address and failing when it detects the US game pad. If that's the case you will need a VPN to reroute your routers internet traffic through the US and redo the update it should then pull down the US version of the update. Remember the WiiU is Region locked so if you have a US WiiU you will have to have the games shipped from the US and possibly even use the eShop through a VPN like ProXPN I hope this helps
Also, if you're like me, and you scoff at the idea of having to use PPTP for your VPN connection, I found this great blog post on setting up ProXPN with an OpenVPN configuration on Linux!
Are you mainly looking to obscure your location / IP then? VPN just secures point-to-point; you'll still have an endpoint elsewhere that goes out to the internet just as it would from your home connection. So, while it may provide some measure of privacy, it doesn't really increase "security" (unless you don't trust your home network / ISP, anyway).
All of the free services I know severely limit bandwidth (which makes total sense, as they aren't making any money off of it unless they have some sort of advertising in the client). ProXPN's free service is reasonable, but you still only get 300kbps, and no torrenting if that's what you were looking for.
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I mostly wanted to hear others' opinions on this project.
> We are now working on adding in B.A.T.M.A.N Mesh networking protocol. This means you can run multiple Anonobots in a mesh network. Perfect way to give private WiFi to an entire building or area!
>Our new prototype has come in and we are now starting to test if Tor nodes, bridges can be run on the unit. We should have photos and more information up shortly :)
>OpenVPN and PPTP have both been tested and work very well with our prototype unit. We tested both using three different VPN providers (ProXPN, Private Tunnel, and our own). We didn't see any noticeable drop in performance.
Your experience seems to echo mine, its a shame you didn't read our review in this reddit before signing up which was only posted 11 days ago :-
I have been assured by ProXPN that they'll be acting on the comments made and I will be re-reviewing them in the near future when they've resolved the list of "complaints"
Canadian here- I just installed ProXPN so I can watch American Netflix. I installed the free version but it's capped at 300 mb. Will this be enough for streaming or should I upgrade to the premium account? MUST WATCH PORTLANDIA/ARCHER/NEW ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT...
The tip in a nutshell: use an US VPN (I used ProXPN), and then go to , and download and set up the Music Manager. After that, go to on your cellphone (no need for VPN), and there will be a link on top to get the Play Music app. Works for me.
ProXPN is free but it's ~30k download max.
edit: works OK overall but the tray icon nags for you to "upgrade" every hour so if you get a free account. May get annoying unless you have a really large display.
I just found this out recently but ProXPN defeats all blackouts. The free version has a bandwidth limit but it doesn't matter. This is how it works:
Spot on. The only catch is that they have to themselves be on the same vpn as you. In the case of ProXPN, it sounds like they act mainly as a web proxy service, meaning they're running a firewall themselves, so it goes (your comp) <-vpn-> (vpn server) <-> (proxpn firewall) <-> internet. so you're still reasonbly protected from random scans. but only as much as they are protecting you. (That's assuming ProXPN is set up the way I think it is, not sure about that).
Hotspot shield is good, most of the time it gives you an IP in Boston/NJ so MSG games will be blacked out, or a California IP and other games will get blacked out.
I suggest using ProXPN as it gives you a USA IP but you can get any game no matter what. If you go to a website that checks your IP, it will place you in the ocean near Africa :D
With either of these, as soon as you connect to the game and it buffers for a little bit you can disconnect. It may stutter or stop, just give it a moment.
Enjoy! (I do it this way since I don't have cable)
Best bet is to try some out most offer a free trial. Netflix throws up vpn blocks so finding one that works is the key. I hear Express VPN works well but I have not tried them. I was lucky enough to get a Lifetime ProXPN account for $39 a few years ago that works with Netflix, but only with two USA points.
Occasionally use ProXPN but from Thailand. I don't notice much difference with or without. Except that sometimes you get unlubricated arse fuck routing out of Thailand, and switching to a VPN can resolve that.
Their Oz server is in Sydney, so if you live in say Perth or something it might be worse for you.
Not saying it's a great service
I've been wondering about this as well. I use ProXPN to 'locate' myself in a specific place, such as back in the UK when I want to watch BBC. I assumed that camming through it (or any VPN) would really limit the quality of my stream. What kind of stream are you able to push through your VPNs?
FYI, I'm probably should go higher, but typically 800x600 24fps.
Haha. I don't actually use a VPN with Kodi. Real-Debrid kind of eliminated the need for it, since the traffic goes through them. VPN is only necessary if you use an addon that does direct torrenting on your own machine.
Otherwise I have a lifetime account wth ProXPN, but as I said, not using with Kodi.
I've never used it. PIA and ProXPN are the only two I've personally used. I think really the only criticism about PIA is that it's US based, and therefore can be forced to cooperate with the US government if ordered to.
If you both are on the same network, different computers and are having trouble getting into the same game under different log ins, you'll need an external VPN. For that, you're going to have to pay. Also, the person using the VPN might take a bandwidth hit depending on the service you choose. There are some free services out there (ProXPN is what I use). What game is it?
It's the service (VPN) you are using. Speeds are affected as the data is being encrypted through the VPN's servers. If you are using free VPN services, you will experience more slower speeds than with a paid VPN service. For free, if that's what you are using, you get what you pay for... I for example use ProXPN (Paid for VPN) and I have seen about a 15%-20% decrease in speed when using my VPN. All VPN services will vary as some have better speeds, allow for downloading torrents (P2P), more locations (servers to connect to), etc.
P.S. You also get slower internet speeds if you use passwords to log on your WiFi router because of encryption... But I would never suggest not having a password set up for your internet access.
BE CAREFUL if getting a VPN to try out - ESPECIALLY if they're free! Do some research before setting one up. Pick a reputable company. You don't want your VPN provider snooping on your traffic, possibly even hijacking your account.
From my own experience, PrivateInternetAccess is one of the best options (at least in the US) right now. They're reputable, fast, and I've even gamed through them with no problems before. The downside is that they're a paid service.
If you want a free one just to test out, I'd try looking at ProXPN. They're not one of my favorites nowadays, but they are a reputable company and they do have a free tier (albeit with pretty limited speeds).
Maybe this might be better over on r/baseball what-with a larger audience, but maybe a post about which VPN's work or doesn't work with might be helpful for all. I have a lifetime ProXPN subscription and it does precisely jack-squat. Had to use unlocator last year.
I got a lifetime deal on ProXPN (it was $50), which uses openvpn (it takes some digging, but you can get the certs). It works well enough and has ~15 endpoints world wide. I use it to download region-locked content to my VPS. But, that's setup in a separate namespace; I'm not using the VPN to torrent.
If the VPN service is based outside the UK, then it should do. I recommend ProXPN.
Side note: UK court orders to block sites, such as the pirate bay, only apply to ISPs with more than 400,000 customers (which may only include UK customers, not sure). A lot of VPNs will get you round these restrictions either because they don't have that many users or because they're not based in the UK.
You'll need to sign up for a VPN service. There's lots around just google them, some are free but usually the free ones restrict your bandwidth to dialup speeds or provide lots of ads or cap on total bandwidth used. Personally I use ProXPN, it's paid but they have a free trial (speed capped) to test it and use their ProXPN app on AppStore.
You just launch their app when installed and configured and it will connect over 4G if you have a good 4G connection and you'll be using their DNS servers and all traffic is encrypted end to end so can't be sniffed by your mobile provider.
I use ProXPN and they have a 50% off at the moment and there's a free trial although the free trial you will be limited by speed but you can at least see if it works. I mostly use it on a laptop when I take my personal laptop into the office. A VPN service is only as good as the internet connection you have, so if you're internet (WiFi or Cell) is spotty or flaky then a VPN won't be much use.
Ultimately it's best used to hide your browsing history from say your employer if you're not supposed to go to certain websites or be surfing non work related sites in company time or even in breaks/lunch, then a VPN will basically show there's some traffic coming from your device but won't be able to tell the website names you're going to.
I guess it depends what you want a VPN for. Most uses are to ensure you have a secure point to point tunnel between you and the VPN service and it's encrypted. Also to avoid prying eyes of your ISP/Carrier or Work company when using WiFi.
If you want a VPN service for that then you're better off paying for a quality service, not being funny but if you launch a free VPN service and do a DNSLEAK test you'll see that information about the ISP you are using is vulnerable. I went for ProXPN, you can get a 12 month discounted subscription at 50% off most of the time. Likewise other good VPN services around.
Also another thing about Free VPN either cap you by speed at almost dial-up 56k modem speeds, or cap your total bandwidth per day from my experience.
Like others have said, pay a small monthly fee or get it cheaper annually and get a quality VPN service.
/u/tombiscuit sent this to me that may be of use to some people, but I'd recommend getting well away from PTPP:
I noticed that my VPN software, ProXPN, can still make PPTP connections.
Combined with things I've read on Ask Different, I don't think PPTP has actually been removed. It's just that Apple has removed the GUI component, and support from within System Preferences.
In other words, keep your eyes pealed and you may well see somebody detailing how to setup PPTP on Sierra. It'll probably be via the Terminal though.
Just get one that says they don't log activity. I use ProXPN, it isn't too fast but I got it for around $40 for a lifetime membership on sale. Tunnelbear might also be good, but I haven't looked into it much.
It's a paid one, ProXPN. That said, if you're looking for a cheap VPN, Stacksocial has tons of lifetime subscription options. Mine was $60 USD, subject to renewal every 5 years but no extra fee, as in I only ever pay that one-time cost of $60. Not a bad deal, if you ask me!
Have you checked for a "Proxy" configured in your system settings?
IE and Chrome both use the windows settings.
Firefox can be set to use those proxy settings or something completely different (or nothing)
Another option would be to have a friend come over and download something.
If they have the same problem, its in your router/connection and not your machine.
Another test would be to do a trial of some kind of VPN Service and see if the speed goes back up. This hides the type of traffic you are using from your ISP. With VPN, use UDP mode if their software allows you to pick, its generally faster. I can get at least 1.8MB/s on my VPN provider (ProXPN).
Yea see that was never really a big problem for me, I always kinda knew about that, so if my VPN is being slow (originally I didn't pay for ProXPN and it was throttled, so i would just login, then kill it once the feed started) my problem is making sure the IP is where it says it is, and not just that but getting an IP from the right region.
I think Mexican IPs would solve most of it cuz odds are they have the fewest blackouts, but either way, that's my biggest issue, having the right IP needed for the game I wanna watch.
And the VPN. I managed to get a free lifetime subscription to ProXPN way back when it was in beta, and it is blazing fast; I think I only lose about 50 Kb/s when it's activated and connected to a US server, and maybe 100 when it's connected to an international one. As I get about 1.3 MB/s torrenting without the VPN, and 1.1 MB/s with it on, I can definitely live with the difference.
Great list, but when was this created? It doesn't seem up to date as ProXPN for example has 21 endpoints in 15 different countries.
Perhaps open the spreadsheet for commenting or make an extra worksheet and have that be open for editing. Users can comment on things to correct/fix/update there?
EDIT: Commenting is turned on, feedback provided there!
Please use a VPN like ProXPN, and test with that to make sure you connection is not being throttled by your ISP. While, using a VPN may slow down a connection, the video is not live footage, therefore, should buffer a touch longer before playing. If playback works fine while using a VPN, and not over a non-vpn connection, the ISP is to blame. If that is the case, contact them, if they do not provide immediate support and a solution, either consider changing service if it continues, or consider legal action against them. This occurs a lot in the United States, personally I am tired of seeing this, you are not alone, do not become a silent victim of bandwidth throttling. Be sure to turn off any other connection heavy software on all computers such as torrents and downloads.
ProXPN, hoewel ik wel weer even moet checken waarom sommige servers tragere verbindingen hebben dan andere. Bijvoorbeeld een server in Praag is bv 10x sneller dan de A'damse of de Engelse die lijken gelimiteerd te zijn. Of het is mijn configuratie.. geen idee nog maar doorgaans tevreden.
Would you mind sending that question to ProXPN support and emailing me their response at ian at ? I'm interested in the answer. Adding their software to your system adds a new network device, so I'm guessing it does bypass your default DNS, but that's really a question for them.
You can do a simple test at . Also, you might want to either disable IPv6, or test it at . I use PIA though, so I can't say. I tried ProXPN a while back, but they had trouble filling my gigbit connection. /u/FTL_Ian
What about the Getflix vs ProXPN question? Is there any point having both? Can you run both at the same time? (I'm not sure why they're being bundled, as it seems to me logical that only one could be active at any one time.)
I didn't quote/answer it because I didn't actually know anything about ProXPN!
I will make a generalisation by saying that if you have a paid version of ProXPN, there's no need to have the Getflix VPN (as the free version of ProXPN seems to limit connections to 300KB/s) as they both achieve the same goal.
I'm in the same boat as you. I have a Firewall as a VPN kill switch as well which blocks traffic from certain sensitive applications from being routed through my ISP, but since traffic is still being routed through the VPN adapter using my public IP from my ISP and not my ProXPN IP, this doesn't protect me.
DNS settings are set to Google. I am checking my IP from incognito browsers to confirm I'm not getting a cached result. This is pretty messed up. I am going to try to configure the openvpn client to work with proxpn instead of using their client.
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i am not a spam bot I am a real person who love the peace of mind of paying for a VPN provider that will not sell me out.. just pure privacy they keep 0days logs. it's the true privacy.
So from what I gather the general consensus is that the 'Lifetime' accounts are a 3rd class of accounts:
And that the 'Lifetime' accounts are a 2nd class citizen separate from the 'Normal Paid' accounts. In times of congestion or whatever, the 'Lifetime' accounts will get degraded service, as there really is no business reason to provide them good service, as they are unlikely to spend any more service with you. (because they bought a lifetime)
I am curious if anyone has any different view or any real experience with ProXPN Lifetime accounts.
just listened to security now from the twit network. they have a sponsor called ProXPN right now. They also have a coupon code on the twit site for x% off the lifetime of your order. i think it makes it 60/yr. i never really paid attention to the details.
Assuming anyone gives a shit about connection logs. If you are running an illicit enough business that you need a VPN to prevent your ISP from seeing your traffic, ProXPN has already said on Twitter: "We would respond to any subpoena correctly, we are not a harbor for criminals.", so ISP gets subpoena, returns results to authorities who see all traffic is a VPN to ProXPN, send a new subpoena to them to wiretap your connection.
There's not a whole lot of enterprise IT reasons to do this if you aren't living in some extremely restrictive internet section of the world (ie, China).
Well, I worked around this by changing the interface metric on the TAP adapter to 1. I'll probably have to watch this and it probably will break non-VPN networking, but it is working now with default route traffic going out over the ProXPN TAP adapter...
I use ProXPN for this type of thing. It is great for slightly devious things like watching my local sports team from another market during TV blackouts or obfuscating personal details about me when websites are using trackers to assemble a profile of my demographic information.
These solutions are not meant to protect you from the authorities if you are doing seriously illegal things on and through them.
Speaking of cons... you will notice that adding that many hops to traffic will noticeably slow down things like torrenting or other large data transfers.
I use ProXPN, I set my location to Dallas, NYC, or Seattle to get around regional blackout with MLS Live. Just annoying that I now have to use it every time there is an away game now to watch the Dynamo...
I use a combination of ProXPN (Standalone VPN) and Proxmate (Chrome extension) to access blocked US sites like Netflix and Spotify. I'm a US citizen so I have a US address and credit card. This allows me to subscribe to those sites in the first place.
For Yahoo screen your best bet is finding a US-based VPN. I pay like $75 a year for mine, but I can use it on mobile and I get encryption as well. But there are a number of free services out there.
Try an encrypted VPN service like ProXPN.
Pick a server hosted outside of the US, maybe like the Netherlands, where they won't cooperate with the US gov.
Coupon code FTL50 gives you a discount. Total price is only $5/month. The speed is good and you can use your account on as many devices as you'd like. This includes mobile phones and tablets in addition to regular PCs. Works on Mac/Windows/Linux.
It's not perfect, but it helps.
I wouldn't trust it. Who knows how much data they are holding? What if they get hacked and all the logs/passwords get released?
Basically, in a corporate environment where they need to monitor all traffic in and out, these "self signed" certificates are installed onto all the desktops so that they will show as signed/trusted/all good. That makes sense in a workplace where the IT dept has control over all the computers.
Now, since these public WiFi guys don't have admin access to everyone's computer, they can't install their certs into your browser, so the browser shows it as untrusted.
You can still use a VPN service, provided that they don't block it (which they shouldn't, since business users need it). Try something like ProXPN which is free, and offers short and long term subscriptions.
VPN's are going to slow down your connection speed and reduce bandwidth regardless of which one you use - I'm not sure what you would need a VPN for, but I use ProXPN in order to evade the filters implemented at work :P
Just wanted to share this new service with you guys. I'm abroad for work in the Middle East for quite a while, and I've been using the ProXPN VPN service to watch Netflix/Hulu/Amazon VOD locally.
I came across this newish service. It's a "Smart DNS". I'm a bit hazy on the details of how it works, but you sign up, then update the DNS entries in your router, and now everything on your network thinks it's located in the US.
I use this to watch streaming content on my iPad and 2 Rokus simultaneously, and it works fine. Since it's not a VPN, your bandwidth speed doesn't take a hit, and you can use the full pipe.
It's $5 per month after a free 7-day trial. Setup was a bit tricky, but you only have to do it once.
It's been working great for me so far.
I'm using ProXPN. I certainly expect to take some speed hit through my VPN, absolutely, but it seems that somewhere along the way either my ISP or ProXPN is capping my speed when using the VPN - like I said my ISP recently bumped up my bandwidth and I've seen NO improvement with the VPN. The VPN provider claims bandwidth is unlimited, and they let you connect on a variety of ports etc. I've tried them all and no luck increasing the speed.
Which VPN would you suggest? I've heard there are quite a few to select from, but some, such as ProXPN actually slow down your connection due to protocols used. I'd like to sign up for one, but don't want to choke my connection.
The way VPN's like ProXPN work is that they provide a middle man solution. Your computer sends encrypted data to their server, they translate it to normal commands, and then forward it to say Netflix. Netflix returns the packets to the middle man, who then encrypts it and sends it back to you.
In this scenario the path between Netflix and the middle man would still be throttled, sadly changing nothing for you.
The metadata on packets in the internet has to be universal, otherwise the many hubs your traffic hits, would have no idea where it's going. ISP's could potentially look at all the metadata in packets that are simply going to or from Netflix, and give them a lower priority.