Anyone who deals with geo-blockades, anonymity on the Internet and Internet censorship will over time come across two technologies that help to lift geo-blockades and improve anonymity on the Internet: VPN and SmartDNS.
By using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or a streaming service, however, this geo-blocking can be avoided and the contents of Hulu, Pandora, Netflix etc. can be received, even if you live in a locally blocked area.
The question of whether to use a VPN or a streaming service arises automatically.
A few advantages and disadvantages of the two services: Basically, both services are similar, as both allow streaming or viewing of geo-blocked content. However, there are a few factors that distinguish the two services.
VPN – anonymous, safe from hackers
If your sole concern is anonymity and security on the World Wide Web, you should definitely choose a VPN.
If you are mainly concerned with access to blocked services or streaming content in other countries, then you do not necessarily have to use a VPN service, as they are usually slower than pure Smart DNS services.
However, it should be noted that SmartDNS services can only share already integrated online streams. Not all SmartDNS providers provide all video-on-demand portals. In such a case, you either have to look for another Smart DNS service or use a VPN service.
Since VPN enables you to obtain a US American IP address (if a server is located in the USA) or another IP address from another country, you can use it to unlock all US streaming services.
Transmission over a VPN is slower because all data traffic is encrypted and routed through an externally shielded data tunnel. The own IP address is exchanged with an IP address of a server of the provider. This provides excellent protection against hackers and data thieves, but loses transmission speed.
SmartDNS – fast, compatible, easy to use
Reasons for using SmartDNS instead of a VPN service when it comes to streaming geo-blocked content. One of the best provider is Unlocator, you can read a review on this page.
Speed and efficiency: SmartDNS enables broadcasts to be streamed, viewed or downloaded faster than a VPN because a SmartDNS system diverts only certain parts of the traffic through its server.
Excellent compatibility with other devices.
VPNs often use complex systems to create a single VPN tunnel between your device and the blocked content. This means that a streaming service is usually more compatible with all your devices (such as laptops, game consoles, smart TVs, etc.).
SmartDNS setup is very easy to install.
A connection via a Smart DNS system does not require complicated installation software or manual configuration to set up.
SmartDNS is cheaper than a VPN service.
Normally a streaming service costs much less than a VPN service.
Certain websites and online services such as Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, etc. are only accessible in certain places and blocked in other countries. Therefore you need a VPN or a Smart DNS! If one tends towards a VPN due to the advantage of anonymity, one must inform oneself beforehand exactly for which end devices software is available. For a SmartDNS service, the end device only needs to be Internet-enabled. Detailed instructions are provided by the providers for common systems such as MAC, Windows, Linux, game consoles, mobile devices and routers.
The advantage of configuring the router is that all connected devices can automatically use the SmartDNS service. If you only want to activate blocked streaming services, a SmartDNS is completely sufficient. However, if you want to use the Internet anonymously, a VPN is strongly recommended.
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