A Quick Review for Netflix movie app
It’s possible to use VPNs and tunnel your way through to a stateside IP address, but this usually results in slow, low-bandwidth streams, and it also affects all your internet traffic.
UnoDNS is a clever paid service which uses DNS to spoof your location. But the clever part is that it only diverts the packets needed to make Netflix believe you’re a local customer.
All the heavy lifting – the actual movies streams and so on – come over your regular pipes. So if you have a fast 100MB fiber-to-the-bedroom connection like me, then you’re golden. Shiny, sparkly golden, to be precise.
So here's what you will need:
- A U.S iTunes store account (Free)
- A Netflix account ($8/month)
- A valid credit card
- An UnoDNS account (From $5/month).
DNS is the internet’s phone book. When you type www.redsn0w.us into your browser, a DNS server (usually at your ISP) will translate that URL into the actual hard numbers that point to our site. UnoDNS replaces your ISP’s server with its own, allowing it to redirect some packets. The key is that it only redirects the packets needed to get your Netflix (or another streaming service) and routes all the rest through Google’s DNS servers.To use the service, it’s best to follow the device-specific instructions on the site. There is an eight-day trial available so you can see if you like it, and you can combine this with a Netflix trial to test everything out.
UnoDNS needs some configuration to be done on setup (mostly telling the service what your home router’s IP address is), but after that you need to do just one thing: change the DNS server on your device. You can do this for individual devices, or for your whole home by changing the DNS server used by your router.
I have a TextExpander snippet containing the UnoDNS’ DNS server address, so I can quickly add it in whenever I need it. To swap back to my ISP’s server, I just delete the number and my ISP’s numbers are automatically repopulated.
Why? Security. I have no reason whatsoever to think that Uno is doing anything but provide a great service. But I’m paranoid. And I’m also speed-hungry – Uno’s nearest DNS server is in Italy, but my ISP’s nearest server is presumably in Barcelona (where I live) or at least in Spain. In the world of millisecond pings, that distance can make a difference. So I only use Uno’s DNS when I’m actually watching things. It takes just a second to switch over.