• UnoTelly UnoDNS Gold Review

    The World Wide Web is an amazing tool that destroys the boundaries between countries and continents and allows everyone to access information from wherever they are in the world. Except that's not always true. Perhaps you've visited a website or tried to purchase a video game and been met by the message "this content is not available at your location", or even worse, you've been shown content that's different depending on where you live without you ever realising. At this point it becomes just "Your Local Region Web" - not quite as World Wide as you've been lead to believe. In some cases this regionalisation is useful - perhaps you want to see shopping search results for your local currency and local online shops, but the most important thing is that you gain control over what you see rather than letting it be dictated elsewhere. Here at Bordersdown we've always challenged the borders imposed on the purchase of physical media, be it due to inferior quality PAL ports, slow release schedules or just to be able to play games that will never get released outside of Japan. With the dawn of a new age of downloadable (or streaming) media, we need to adapt because content providers are already evolving to figure out new ways to limit who gets to access to what subset of the total available.

    Sometimes download content is limited by a region flag on the hardware itself which presents the extra barrier of owning more than one region of hardware. However, often the only limit is implemented via geo-location, so as long as you can pretend to be somewhere else, you can open up your options. For example, well known TV and Film provider Netflix has one catalogue for US residents, with many another catalogues for other countries and there are significant differences that make it worthwhile taking action, mainly that the US gets more. Similarly the BBC iPlayer is locked to regions where residents fund the British Broadcasting Corporation via their TV license fee, but ex-pats around the world might find it hard to live without Gardener's World or the amazing coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games. Or if you are into your streaming music, you might have been using the Pandora service before it became US only.

    There are various services that can help with overcoming these issues and they normally use either VPN or DNS technology. VPNs pass all your data through a tunnel to a server located in the required region. This will work but requires the VPN provider to have enough bandwidth to essentially duplicate what your ISP is already doing at speeds fast enough to stream video or download games, so it is expensive and often bandwidth capped per month. The DNS option is less expensive because it only passes a small portion of the total data request, just enough to fool the provider that your location is elsewhere.

    We have been extensively testing UnoTelly's UnoDNS service. We have monitored it's performance and stability over 9 weeks at various times of the day. In our tests it performed admirably and stayed available at all times, making it an excellent option. Also there is a large and growing list of content channels and devices that UnoTelly works with (see their website). They have servers in various locations around the world so you can choose one close to you to get the best performance so that your DNS lookups still happen quickly. If you don't know (or care) what a DNS lookup is, then you'll be pleased to know that most importantly the service is easy enough for anyone to figure out and use.

    To use the UnoDNS service, you have two main options. You can either modify your router
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Jamie's Avatar
      Jamie -
      Been using UnoDNS for the past month or so to get US Netflix on my WDTV Live, it's a really excellent service not had any problems whatsoever.
    1. Daragon's Avatar
      Daragon -
      What's the cost involved with this? Why should I pay, presumably, a monthly fee for something I can get for free with firefox add-ons for example?
    1. numericalanalysis's Avatar
      numericalanalysis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daragon View Post
      What's the cost involved with this? Why should I pay, presumably, a monthly fee for something I can get for free with firefox add-ons for example?
      Can you please let me know how can I watch US netflix and Hulu for free ?
      I am paying for Uno and they work damn good but nothin can be better than something better. Please share!
    1. charlesr's Avatar
      charlesr -
      There's FF extension called ProxMate which works sometimes on some channels. Only one guy though, so he struggles to keep up with changes (looking at customer reviews). It's also no use if you use your PS3 or Xbox for watching all this stuff, whereas UnoDNS works at the router level.
    1. charlesr's Avatar
      charlesr -

      Unotelly are doing a competition to win a 1-year subscription to Netflix, a 1-year subscription to UnoTelly, and a $100 Visa Gift Card. Ends on 22nd December 2014
    1. Asura's Avatar
      Asura -
      Just thought I'd say, I use Unblock-US, have been doing so for over 2 years - they're brilliant.


      Then again I only use Netflix.
    1. wakka's Avatar
      wakka -
      I use Unotelly based on Charles' recommendation (not sure if I actually bought through your affiliate link though Charles as it was ages ago).

      It's a good service - I really like the Android/iOS apps for changing region on a per-service basis. It did break at one point but then I set up static routing on my router and now it's as reliable as ever - think it was because Netflix started doing forced DNS lookups via PS4. The only thing was that I had to mess around in Terminal to set up the static routing, as I have a really cheap Technicolour router.
    1. charlesr's Avatar
      charlesr -
      Hah! I didn't even know about the app. I was changing regions on their website. Grabbing now.