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  # 1035825 3-May-2014 07:15
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GeoffisPure: Currently using unblock-us and this offer looks tempting.  Can anyone that has tried both services provide any feedback and comparisons.



@GeoffisPure,

Since I'm with UnoTelly, I don't want to do too much self promotion. However, I would recommend you to plugin our Auckland DNS server 103.6.212.24 and Competitor's DNS server into Namebench and see the difference in DNS lookup speed:

https://code.google.com/p/namebench/



We have localized servers in each country to provide best DNS lookup speed. This is especially important in the CDN environment where localized DNS will provide faster download speed from CDN than using far away DNS.

This is the reason why some users might get degraded performance when using Google DNS compare to their ISP's DNS: http://www.cdnplanet.com/blog/real-world-cdn-performance-googledns-opendns-users/




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  # 1035827 3-May-2014 07:41
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GeoffisPure: Currently using unblock-us and this offer looks tempting.  Can anyone that has tried both services provide any feedback and comparisons.


I've been using unblock-us for about 2 years now but hadn't considered alternatives because unblock-us worked and didn't really think there were any additional benefits I could look for in another service. However, unblock-us wasn't working for me last night (turned out it was Snap's fault) so I quickly fired up the unotelly free trial and noted that everything that worked on unblock-us also worked on unotelly, PLUS the Sky News UK Live Feed on Apple TV worked (big plus for me), and menus / content definitely seemed to load faster on my Apple TV than with unblock-us. Perhaps that is down to unotelly's DNS server being in New Zealand.

Coupled with the 35% discount I think means I am going to switch.

Only downside is that unblock-us have a very good (third party) Netflix region switching app for iOS, whereas unotelly doesn't at this time. But not a major issue.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1035837 3-May-2014 08:15
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steve98: However, unblock-us wasn't working for me last night (turned out it was Snap's fault)


Sorry to go off track a little but I had the same problem last night - how was it Snap's fault?

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  # 1035850 3-May-2014 09:34
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GeoffisPure:
steve98: However, unblock-us wasn't working for me last night (turned out it was Snap's fault)


Sorry to go off track a little but I had the same problem last night - how was it Snap's fault?


A customer tweeted Snap and Unblock-us reporting the problem, Unblock-us asked Snap if there was anything they could help with, Snap replied saying one of our international links was at fault

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  # 1036929 5-May-2014 12:27
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Hi Kostas/Nick,

Nice to see some UnoTelly representation here on Geekzone.  I take it the discount will not apply to existing users of UnoTelly (I only signed up recently for a 1 year sub), until it is time we need to renew our sub?


Cheers.

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  # 1036949 5-May-2014 12:34
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Yes - nice to see unotelly (Nick and Kostas) looking in - welcome to geekzone!

Ordered an Amazon Fire TV yesterday - so will be signing up for unotelly when I get my hands on it.





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  # 1036975 5-May-2014 13:16
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I signed up for the free trial,  put the DNS settings into my Sony Bravia then refreshed internet content. Icons for Netflix and Hulu+ are now showing so no need for me to buy an box at this stage as those two are the main ones I'm interested in. On the free month trial with Netflix which is streaming beautifully over my (VFNZ) ADSL. Will sign up for Hulu+ one my OneSmart card becomes active in next few days. 

Big thumbs up from me to for the UnoTelly folk making an appearance here :-) 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1036997 5-May-2014 13:45
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  Hi Kostas/Nick,

Nice to see some UnoTelly representation here on Geekzone.  I take it the discount will not apply to existing users of UnoTelly (I only signed up recently for a 1 year sub), until it is time we need to renew our sub?


Cheers.  


HI Satch,

Thank you for your big support! Could you send me an e-mail via the 'Send Email' button on this forum next to my post? 


Best Regards,
Nick
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  # 1037000 5-May-2014 13:50
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steve98:
GeoffisPure: Currently using unblock-us and this offer looks tempting.  Can anyone that has tried both services provide any feedback and comparisons.


I've been using unblock-us for about 2 years now but hadn't considered alternatives because unblock-us worked and didn't really think there were any additional benefits I could look for in another service. However, unblock-us wasn't working for me last night (turned out it was Snap's fault) so I quickly fired up the unotelly free trial and noted that everything that worked on unblock-us also worked on unotelly, PLUS the Sky News UK Live Feed on Apple TV worked (big plus for me), and menus / content definitely seemed to load faster on my Apple TV than with unblock-us. Perhaps that is down to unotelly's DNS server being in New Zealand.

Coupled with the 35% discount I think means I am going to switch.

Only downside is that unblock-us have a very good (third party) Netflix region switching app for iOS, whereas unotelly doesn't at this time. But not a major issue.



Hi Steve98,

Thank you for your support! We actually have an iOS application but Apple's App review team is giving us a hard time about releasing it.


We will see if we could appeal Apple's decision or we will release a Developer API of our Dynamo system so developers/users can create their own app.


Regards,
Nick
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  # 1037012 5-May-2014 13:52
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robjg63: Yes - nice to see unotelly (Nick and Kostas) looking in - welcome to geekzone!

Ordered an Amazon Fire TV yesterday - so will be signing up for unotelly when I get my hands on it.







I signed up for the free trial,  put the DNS settings into my Sony Bravia then refreshed internet content. Icons for Netflix and Hulu+ are now showing so no need for me to buy an box at this stage as those two are the main ones I'm interested in. On the free month trial with Netflix which is streaming beautifully over my (VFNZ) ADSL. Will sign up for Hulu+ one my OneSmart card becomes active in next few days. 

Big thumbs up from me to for the UnoTelly folk making an appearance here :-) 





Thank you for your support robjg63 and Dratsab ! If you have any idea or feature/channel requests, feel free to post them here. We will try our best to expedite GeekZone requests:)


Best Regards,
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  # 1037040 5-May-2014 14:45
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UnoTellyNick: In many cases, UnoTelly's UnoDNS servers are actually faster than public DNS such as OpenDNS and Google Public DNS. If we have a server in or near your city, our server is generally faster  than other Public DNS servers you could find. 


Here is a basic latency ping test based on Startping.com's test:





While it is a basic latency test in which it does not involve actual DNS look up, we are confident that our lookup speed will be faster as well.


If you have namebenched installed on your computer, you can do an actual lookup test and compare.


Exactly what i thought i'd do when i saw the claim.

I think the offer is good, but i reckon it should be reworded to something like "fastest unblock dns service".

This is a FX 1Gbps fibre connection, namebenched using Alexa Top 2000 as source, 250 queries. Of course this is going to hugely vary based on where you are and what your connection situation is.
A bit high on the mean, probably pushed up by the long tail (not fully visible on the graph).

 




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  # 1037044 5-May-2014 14:49
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Playing Devil's Advocate here, you should probably exclude iHUG, ICONZ, Snap from tests since these are ISP-specific DNS.

But, yes, make it a more specific claim - although I can't see why anyone would use a service such as this to anything but geo-unblocking anyway. I would nitpick...






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  # 1037053 5-May-2014 14:55
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eXDee:
UnoTellyNick: In many cases, UnoTelly's UnoDNS servers are actually faster than public DNS such as OpenDNS and Google Public DNS. If we have a server in or near your city, our server is generally faster  than other Public DNS servers you could find. 


Here is a basic latency ping test based on Startping.com's test:





While it is a basic latency test in which it does not involve actual DNS look up, we are confident that our lookup speed will be faster as well.


If you have namebenched installed on your computer, you can do an actual lookup test and compare.


Exactly what i thought i'd do when i saw the claim.

I think the offer is good, but i reckon it should be reworded to something like "fastest unblock dns service".

This is a FX 1Gbps fibre connection, namebenched using Alexa Top 2000 as source, 250 queries. Of course this is going to hugely vary based on where you are and what your connection situation is.
A bit high on the mean, probably pushed up by the long tail (not fully visible on the graph).




Hi eXDee,

Thanks for the Namebench report and comment.

Since the query source is rather large, larger DNS services like Google DNS definitely have an advantage over its cache. They have larger user base so the probability that a site's record was already cached is higher. When our server doesn't have cache available, it will have to do a recursion to lookup the address. 

As you can see from the fastest individual response, our server response time is up there with many local NZ resolvers. What this means is that once a DNS record is cached, the overall lookup speed will improve.

DNS server is something that "the more people that use it, the faster it gets" .





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  # 1037059 5-May-2014 14:59
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We will see if we could appeal Apple's decision or we will release a Developer API of our Dynamo system so developers/users can create their own app.


An API to easily change regions would be much appreciated




 


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  # 1037071 5-May-2014 15:09
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Killerkiwi2005:
We will see if we could appeal Apple's decision or we will release a Developer API of our Dynamo system so developers/users can create their own app.


An API to easily change regions would be much appreciated



Hi Killerkiwi2005,

Thanks for the suggestion. Our Dynamo setting is already RESTful and JSON based when it interacts with our Android app. We will be able release this API once we prepared it for public use.

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