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  Reply # 840749 21-Jun-2013 09:20
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Klipspringer:
geekiegeek: actually I thought unblock-us etc type DNS services didnt work on TCL\Vodafone due to their proxy service. Thats probably why you are having issues. You may need to move to a VPN service.


Yea thats what I thought. On investigation though it seems it was only the Web based services via a browser that did not work with unblock-us.com. 

My PS3 and Roku would seem to work fine. It would connect and start playing. But would buffer quiet considerably. And sometimes stop all together.


Yeah, I had heard that too but I seem to be able to connect to Netflix and other US services through Unblock-Us even while on my laptop. I think the problem with TCL is their crappy international speeds. Speedtests to California servers usually max out at around 5 or 6 Mbps, even though I'm on a 100Mbps service. I found VPN services to be even worse that the DNS services. Others in this thread have mentioned Unotelly - I might try that but I'm not hopeful. Feels like a step backwards switching from a 100Mbps cable service to ADSL2 so I'm keen to stick with cable if I can. Hopefully Vodafone can improve things now?



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  Reply # 840750 21-Jun-2013 09:22
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 The transparent proxy is a pain but does not affect Netflix/Hulu/Vudu/Amazon services if you are using a media device like a Roku, tablet PC, PS3 etc.


That is true. The transparent proxy does not seem to affect these devices.

But. TCL's poor international bandwidth does seem to cause buffering problems, hence my move back to Snap ADSL.




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  Reply # 840758 21-Jun-2013 09:28
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amanzi: I think the problem with TCL is their crappy international speeds. Speedtests to California servers usually max out at around 5 or 6 Mbps, even though I'm on a 100Mbps service. I found VPN services to be even worse that the DNS services. Others in this thread have mentioned Unotelly - I might try that but I'm not hopeful. Feels like a step backwards switching from a 100Mbps cable service to ADSL2 so I'm keen to stick with cable if I can. Hopefully Vodafone can improve things now?


If you with TCL its going to be crap. Believe me, I tried everything to get it to work in Sep last year. I even posted about it back then.

I was on the TCL 100Mbps plan and was never able to reach speeds like this:

Just did a vudu speed test on Snap ADSL2+




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  Reply # 840759 21-Jun-2013 09:29
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lchiu7: 

 The transparent proxy is a pain but does not affect Netflix/Hulu/Vudu/Amazon services if you are using a media device like a Roku, tablet PC, PS3 etc.


That is true. The transparent proxy does not seem to affect these devices.

But. TCL's poor international bandwidth does seem to cause buffering problems, hence my move back to Snap ADSL.



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And because I have both cable and ADSL2 in my home, it's easy to compare services and TCL comes second!




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  Reply # 840762 21-Jun-2013 09:32
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Klipspringer:
lchiu7: 

 The transparent proxy is a pain but does not affect Netflix/Hulu/Vudu/Amazon services if you are using a media device like a Roku, tablet PC, PS3 etc.


That is true. The transparent proxy does not seem to affect these devices.

But. TCL's poor international bandwidth does seem to cause buffering problems, hence my move back to Snap ADSL.



+1

And because I have both cable and ADSL2 in my home, it's easy to compare services and TCL comes second!


Don't worry. fibre is going to be faster - Yea Right!

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  Reply # 840776 21-Jun-2013 09:35
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Klipspringer: Just did a vudu speed test on Snap ADSL2+


I did a test to Vudu last night and got about 3500Kbps.

As a side note - I tried signing up to Vudu last night but I couldn't get it to accept my credit card. I tried my NZ Westpac card and my OneSmart card. It looks like it tries to validate the billing address of the card and fails each time. Anyone got any tips on getting this working?



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  Reply # 840792 21-Jun-2013 09:43
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amanzi: Feels like a step backwards switching from a 100Mbps cable service to ADSL2 so I'm keen to stick with cable if I can. Hopefully Vodafone can improve things now?


Why not try Snap VDSL then?

amanzi: 
As a side note - I tried signing up to Vudu last night but I couldn't get it to accept my credit card. I tried my NZ Westpac card and my OneSmart card. It looks like it tries to validate the billing address of the card and fails each time. Anyone got any tips on getting this working?


I have had my Onesmart card setup for a while now. It was pretty straight forwards setting it up. But I have not made any changes to my billing so can't really help. We watched a movie on Tuesday night, and my onesmart card was still working.

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  Reply # 840842 21-Jun-2013 10:18
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Klipspringer:
amanzi: Feels like a step backwards switching from a 100Mbps cable service to ADSL2 so I'm keen to stick with cable if I can. Hopefully Vodafone can improve things now?


Why not try Snap VDSL then?

amanzi: 
As a side note - I tried signing up to Vudu last night but I couldn't get it to accept my credit card. I tried my NZ Westpac card and my OneSmart card. It looks like it tries to validate the billing address of the card and fails each time. Anyone got any tips on getting this working?


I have had my Onesmart card setup for a while now. It was pretty straight forwards setting it up. But I have not made any changes to my billing so can't really help. We watched a movie on Tuesday night, and my onesmart card was still working.


Ditto to that. I use a Onesmart account also last night rented Skyfall (it was 99c for 48 hours viewing).




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

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  Reply # 840859 21-Jun-2013 10:29
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lchiu7:
Klipspringer: I have had my Onesmart card setup for a while now. It was pretty straight forwards setting it up. But I have not made any changes to my billing so can't really help. We watched a movie on Tuesday night, and my onesmart card was still working.


Ditto to that. I use a Onesmart account also last night rented Skyfall (it was 99c for 48 hours viewing).


They may have changed something in the system then. I tried setting up my OneSmart card with my YouShop address and that didn't work. Do you guys have your OneSmart card set to a different billing address in the OneSmart system?

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  Reply # 840863 21-Jun-2013 10:33
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TCL 100Mb via Astril VPN.




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  Reply # 840895 21-Jun-2013 11:10
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geekiegeek:  

TCL 100Mb via Astril VPN.


WOW thats impressive.

Are you running the Astril SW on a DD-WRT router? I was never able to get decent speeds out of Astril on my router unless I ran the Astril software directly on my PC (useless for other devices like the PS3, roku etc ...). 

I suppose the best option would be to setup a dedicated Astil VPN PC as a router. 



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  Reply # 840906 21-Jun-2013 11:23
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geekiegeek:
TCL 100Mb via Astril VPN.


What the.... 



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  Reply # 840910 21-Jun-2013 11:27
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geekiegeek:

TCL 100Mb via Astril VPN.


I think it was noted in another thread that Vudu has CDN servers in Sydney which is why you get good performance from them.

That being said even on Telecom's ADSL2+ I can watch HDX 1080p with no problem but nobody else in the house can do much :-)

That's of the the key advantage of a faster connection - multiple users in the house maintaining their speeds.




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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  Reply # 840911 21-Jun-2013 11:28
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geekiegeek:
TCL 100Mb via Astril VPN.


Don't suppose you could talk us through your VPN set up? 

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  Reply # 840999 21-Jun-2013 12:55
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That one was from a PC with Astril openvpn to LA so it wont be using the Sydney CDN.

On my router (Lynksys 4200) I have tomato (dd-wrt) with the Astril VPN plugin installed using RouterPro VPN.




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