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Topic # 98778 6-Mar-2012 09:54 Send private message

Because Slingshot use transparent proxies the service from Unblock-US doesn't work. I tried disabling 'caching' in my Slingshot account settings and whilst it let me get a few steps further (i.e. I was able to get to the sign up page for Netflix) when it came to running the 'Check Service' on Unblock-us.com the check failed and when I went to stream a movie it also failed.

Just wondering if anyone has got any clever solutions or ideas of how this can be made to work with Slingshot? Seems like a great idea, and since I just bought a Google TV (Revue) I really want to take advantage of Netflix - which I can't do without some sort of VPN/DNS magic.

The Revue doesn't have a VPN client built in and I don't want ALL my internet traffic going through something like 'Hide My Ass' so short of buying a new DD-WRT compatible router and using it as a dedicated VPN client for the Revue, I am stuck with Unblock-US - which doesn't work for me currently...

Any ideas? 

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  Reply # 591076 6-Mar-2012 09:58 Send private message

No ideas here, but looking forward to reading the answers that may come.
 




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  Reply # 591080 6-Mar-2012 10:04 Send private message

unblock-us has a hard time with ISP level transparent proxies, Your going to need a VPN or SSH tunnel unless you can convince slingshot to bypass you from their proxies




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  Reply # 591085 6-Mar-2012 10:18 Send private message

I saw this today, http://www.howtogeek.com/107650/listen-to-pandora-anywhere-without-a-using-a-proxy/

Not sure if it will help, I have not tried it as I have a VPN



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  Reply # 591094 6-Mar-2012 10:26 Send private message

hellonearthisman: I saw this today, http://www.howtogeek.com/107650/listen-to-pandora-anywhere-without-a-using-a-proxy/

Not sure if it will help, I have not tried it as I have a VPN


That looks to be a good tip for accessing Pandora through a browser, but for something like the Revue where in-built apps do all the connecting/authenticating I don't see it working unfortunately.

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  Reply # 591154 6-Mar-2012 11:59 Send private message

I was using it a couple of weeks ago. I had a few issues for a start but it turned out that my flatmate had set the router up to hijack all dns requests. Once that was fixed it worked great for netflix on AYCE



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  Reply # 591163 6-Mar-2012 12:04 Send private message

Decal: I was using it a couple of weeks ago. I had a few issues for a start but it turned out that my flatmate had set the router up to hijack all dns requests. Once that was fixed it worked great for netflix on AYCE


Who is your ISP? 

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  Reply # 591187 6-Mar-2012 12:28 Send private message

SumnerBoy:
Decal: I was using it a couple of weeks ago. I had a few issues for a start but it turned out that my flatmate had set the router up to hijack all dns requests. Once that was fixed it worked great for netflix on AYCE


Who is your ISP? 


 

Must be slingshot as they are the only provider with A.Y.C.E.= All you can eat!



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  Reply # 591188 6-Mar-2012 12:29 Send private message

springheal: Must be slingshot as they are the only provider with A.Y.C.E.= All you can eat!


Yeah that is what I was thinking - if so how did he get Unblock-US to work with Netflix?! 

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  Reply # 591191 6-Mar-2012 12:31 Send private message

SumnerBoy: Because Slingshot use transparent proxies the service from Unblock-US doesn't work. I tried disabling 'caching' in my Slingshot account settings and whilst it let me get a few steps further (i.e. I was able to get to the sign up page for Netflix) when it came to running the 'Check Service' on Unblock-us.com the check failed and when I went to stream a movie it also failed.

Just wondering if anyone has got any clever solutions or ideas of how this can be made to work with Slingshot? Seems like a great idea, and since I just bought a Google TV (Revue) I really want to take advantage of Netflix - which I can't do without some sort of VPN/DNS magic.

The Revue doesn't have a VPN client built in and I don't want ALL my internet traffic going through something like 'Hide My Ass' so short of buying a new DD-WRT compatible router and using it as a dedicated VPN client for the Revue, I am stuck with Unblock-US - which doesn't work for me currently...

Any ideas? 


I tried unblock-us on Snap and could not get it to work either. I resorted to signing up to Astrill VPN (US$5.83 per month), which comes with an install for your DD-WRT router. It works well, and you are able to configure which which IP's go through the VPN. No need for your device to have special capabilities to use the VPN.

I use Netflix, Hulu+ and Vudu all via my PS3



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  Reply # 591196 6-Mar-2012 12:37 Send private message

BraaiGuy: I tried unblock-us on Snap and could not get it to work either. I resorted to signing up to Astrill VPN (US$5.83 per month), which comes with an install for your DD-WRT router. It works well, and you are able to configure which which IP's go through the VPN. No need for your device to have special capabilities to use the VPN.

I use Netflix, Hulu+ and Vudu all via my PS3


So you just have the IP address of your PS3 configured to go through the VPN and all other devices on your network access the internet VPN-free? Sounds promising.

I currently have a Netgear WNDR3700 with a Draytek Vigor 120 in full bridge mode. If I flashed DD-WRT onto the Netgear can I still have my PPPoE connection setup in this manner - i.e. will DD-WRT allow full bridge mode, as well as a VPN client running?

I am sure I read somewhere this wasn't possible. 

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  Reply # 591200 6-Mar-2012 12:41 Send private message

Hi all,

If you have the Cache off then you will be bypassing our proxy and this should work, There may be delays in it doing so but other than that there should be no issue.

Cheers,
Joe.






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  Reply # 591204 6-Mar-2012 12:43 Send private message

Slingshot: Hi all,

If you have the Cache off then you will be bypassing our proxy and this should work, There may be delays in it doing so but other than that there should be no issue.

Cheers,
Joe.


When you say delays do you mean from when I disable the option in my account, and when I will see it start working?

I changed the setting and restarted my router/modem but it didn't appear to make any difference (immediately). Are you suggestion I do all this and then wait a period of time before trying?

How long typically should I be waiting?

BTW - thanks for your help! 

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  Reply # 591205 6-Mar-2012 12:43 Send private message

SumnerBoy:
springheal: Must be slingshot as they are the only provider with A.Y.C.E.= All you can eat!


Yeah that is what I was thinking - if so how did he get Unblock-US to work with Netflix?! 


I disabled Caching on the slinghost website. Then on my apple tv I pointed its dns at the unblock-us servers
Changed the store location to US on the Apple tv
Then signed into Netflix
And it worked.

I also had to play with our router cant remeber the model but its running Tomato. It was Hijacking the DNS requests and sending them to Slingshot instead of letting go to unblock-us

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  Reply # 591206 6-Mar-2012 12:45 Send private message

SumnerBoy:
Slingshot: Hi all,

If you have the Cache off then you will be bypassing our proxy and this should work, There may be delays in it doing so but other than that there should be no issue.

Cheers,
Joe.


When you say delays do you mean from when I disable the option in my account, and when I will see it start working?

I changed the setting and restarted my router/modem but it didn't appear to make any difference (immediately). Are you suggestion I do all this and then wait a period of time before trying?

How long typically should I be waiting?

BTW - thanks for your help! 


Also close your browser and clear your dns settings.
To clear you dns settings open a command prompt and type "ipconfig /flushdns"  without the ""


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  Reply # 591207 6-Mar-2012 12:49 Send private message

SumnerBoy:

So you just have the IP address of your PS3 configured to go through the VPN and all other devices on your network access the internet VPN-free? Sounds promising.

I currently have a Netgear WNDR3700 with a Draytek Vigor 120 in full bridge mode. If I flashed DD-WRT onto the Netgear can I still have my PPPoE connection setup in this manner - i.e. will DD-WRT allow full bridge mode, as well as a VPN client running?

I am sure I read somewhere this wasn't possible.


From the DD-WRT website it looks like your router is supported.

Astrill has some software which you install on your DD-WRT router which allows you to only alow certain devices through the VPN. Have a look at this thread:

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=96004

There is also a video explaining it on the Astrill website:

https://www.astrill.com/video-tutorials.php?id=2

I currently only allow my PS3 to connect via the VPN. Everything else goes via my standard connection. If you are unable to setup as you describe above, your best bet may be to obtain a second router for your network. That’s what I have done

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