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Why are certain websites really slow unless I use a VPN?

Why are certain websites really slow unless I use a VPN?

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@Hubrisnxs wrote:

I gave it in the internet phenomena link

 

 

Back in May, Sandvine’s CTO Don Bowman talked to Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin, about why Netflix performance improves on some ISPs when using a VPN.

 

 


What's clear is that somewhere in the path from Netflix servers to consumers' homes, there is congestion. It's also clear that some people have improved their own streaming video by using VPNs (virtual private networks) or third-party DNS (Domain Name System) services. (UnblockUs, mentioned above, is not technically a VPN service but it achieves a similar effect by changing your DNS settings.)

 

 

 

Routing around congestion

Sandvine cofounder and CTO Don Bowman talked to Ars this week about why VPN and DNS services can help relieve congestion for certain users. He also talked about the types of shady tactics both video streaming providers and ISPs could employ in their ongoing battles and how that could harm home Internet users.


 


I would suggest you visit and read a web site before you promote it as a solution.  Unblockus is a paid service that masks your location much like a VPN.

 

"Bypass blocks and protect your identity online.

Be in different places at the same time.
Appear in Canada for one web site and
in UK for another."

 

http://www.unblock-us.com/

 

They even call their service a VPN if you would look at their title bar on their web page or visit:

https://www.unblock-us.com/vpn-setup/

 

A traditional DNS server does not mask anything. Here is a good reference to read up on how DNS works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System

 

Once again changing your DNS server will in NO WAY masks your location like a paid VPN service or a paid service like Unblockus.  You do not need to install any software to change your DNS server.  It is done in your router.  Changing your DNS server to Google or Level 3 will NOT mask your identity nor will it make Netflix streaming issues disappear.

 

If you want to fix FIOS Netflix bufferring issues you will need some type of paid service to mask your location and more importantly the origin of the stream.

 

A traditional DNS change will NOT mask anything!



 

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@Hubrisnxs wrote:

I gave it in the internet phenomena link

 

 

Back in May, Sandvine’s CTO Don Bowman talked to Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin, about why Netflix performance improves on some ISPs when using a VPN.

 

 


What's clear is that somewhere in the path from Netflix servers to consumers' homes, there is congestion. It's also clear that some people have improved their own streaming video by using VPNs (virtual private networks) or third-party DNS (Domain Name System) services. (UnblockUs, mentioned above, is not technically a VPN service but it achieves a similar effect by changing your DNS settings.)

 

 

 

Routing around congestion

Sandvine cofounder and CTO Don Bowman talked to Ars this week about why VPN and DNS services can help relieve congestion for certain users. He also talked about the types of shady tactics both video streaming providers and ISPs could employ in their ongoing battles and how that could harm home Internet users.


 


I would suggest you visit and read a web site before you promote it as a solution.  Unblockus is a paid service that masks your location much like a VPN.

"Bypass blocks and protect your identity online.

Be in different places at the same time.
Appear in Canada for one web site and
in UK for another."

http://www.unblock-us.com/

 

They even call their service a VPN if you would look at their title bar on their web page or visit:

https://www.unblock-us.com/vpn-setup/

 

A traditional DNS server does not mask anything. Here is a good reference to read up on how DNS works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System

 

Once again changing your DNS server will in NO WAY mask your location like a paid VPN service or a paid service like Unblockus.  You do not need to install any software to change your DNS server.  It is done in your router.  Changing your DNS server to Google or Level 3 will NOT mask your identity nor will it make Netflix streaming issues disappear.

 

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I would suggest you visit and read a web site before you promote it as a solution.  Unblockus is a paid service that masks your location much like a VPN.

"Bypass blocks and protect your identity online.

Be in different places at the same time.
Appear in Canada for one web site and
in UK for another."

http://www.unblock-us.com/

 

They even call their service a VPN if you would look at their title bar on their web page or visit:

https://www.unblock-us.com/vpn-setup/

 

A traditional DNS server does not mask anything. Here is a good reference to read up on how DNS works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System

 

Once again changing your DNS server will in NO WAY mask your location like a paid VPN service or a paid service like Unblockus.  You do not need to install any software to change your DNS server.  It is done in your router.  Changing your DNS server to Google or Level 3 will NOT mask your identity nor will it make Netflix streaming issues disappear.

 

 

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@db909 wrote:

I would suggest you visit and read a web site before you promote it as a solution.  Unblockus is a paid service that masks your location much like a VPN.

"Bypass blocks and protect your identity online.

Once again changing your DNS server will in NO WAY mask your location like a paid VPN service or a paid service like Unblockus.  You do not need to install any software to change your DNS server.  It is done in your router.  Changing your DNS server to Google or Level 3 will NOT mask your identity nor will it make Netflix streaming issues disappear.

 

 


db909 - you need google how unblockus works. You're correct that a traditional dns wont mask you - but unblockus isn't traditional. For certain websites when you hit their dns, their dns routes you to one of their proxy servers. The proxy server fetches the data and then sends it to you. So the request appears to come from where ever unblockus's server is.

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I never promoted unblocked. That was a quote from an article. O_o
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@merk wrote:

 


db909 - you need google how unblockus works. You're correct that a traditional dns wont mask you - but unblockus isn't traditional. For certain websites when you hit their dns, their dns routes you to one of their proxy servers. The proxy server fetches the data and then sends it to you. So the request appears to come from where ever unblockus's server is.


That was my point.  Telling a user to change their DNS server to fix Netflix issues is terrible advice and will not work.  You need something that masks your identity, typically a VPN, but a paid service like unblockus, while "technically not a VPN", will work also as it too utilizes a proxy server.

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