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Using A High Speed Vpn For Netflix And Hulu
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Using A High Speed Vpn For Netflix And Hulu

If you are outside The USA and want to watch Netflix and Hulu, you'll find out real fast that you can't, without a VPN that is. Netflix and Hulu, at least the original, full versions of these websites are unavailable outside The USA. The websites are able to block you based on the IP address of your phone or computer. While some countries have local versions of these sites, they're only featured in the local language, and have different content from the American versions. You need a high speed VPN to get a US IP address, and access the original sites.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is basically a private networks of computer servers. Rather than adhere to the restrictions of your local ISPs network, as well as use the IP address they've assigned to you, you can join a private network with a monthly subscription and use their IP address. Using a virtual IP address assigned by this network will also change your IP address, and thus your ID online. That means you can be anywhere in the world, sign into a VPN server in The USA, and get a US IP address on your phone or computer. This is a great way not just to access Hulu and Netflix, but also for websites from other counties. Accessing Facebook in China is one popular use for VPNs.

What kind do I need?

There's a lot of computer jargon that gets thrown around, and the truth is that you don't need to understand it to get a VPN set up and working. If you've got iOS, Mac, Windows, or Linux, most VPN services will cater to your operating systems, and all you have to do is ask. If you are interested, in most cases a PPTP will be a faster and cheaper VPN because it's not as heavily encrypted. OpenVPN is going to keep your online activity more private (yet another use for VPNs), but it may slow down streaming speeds. Countries like China and Egypt may block PPTP VPNs, so SSTP (Vista and Win 7) or OpenVPN may be your only choice. There are quite a few other options, but PPTP and OpenVPN are all you need to know to get started.

How do I get a fast one?

There are several things that will determine the actual speed of your high speed VPN. One is the quality of servers. This is harder to tell. How many people are signed into a server will also affect your streaming speed. This is also difficult to know, but some VPN services allow you to see how many people are signed in, so you can choose your VPN server based on this criteria. Other things that could affect your streaming speed would be your actual distance from the VPN server (closer is better), other programs running on your computer or phone, the quality of the content you're streaming, how many people are also streaming from the website, and your local internet speed.


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