Last week at the Kepard VPN giveaway, nearly one-third of those who participated said they want to use VPN to access geo-restricted websites, such as Hulu, BBC iPlayer and others. Indeed, the most commonly used and functional method to go around country blocks is to connect to a VPN server located in a country where the service is legally accessible. But there is another way to unlock these websites – by spoofing your location by tampering data packets and this is exactly what UnoDNS offers.
UnoDNS is a commercial DNS service that allows non-US residents to enjoy US-based services and programs such as streaming television and online radio. Unlike traditional VPN services that routes all traffic through VPN servers, UnoDNS lets the user connect to the streaming websites directly, for the most part. Only the relevant traffic necessary to trick the remote website into believing you are located in US (or UK) soil goes through UnoDNS servers. These results in no lag or drop in connection speed that even the best VPN service can suffer from.
To use UnoDNS all you have to do pick a DNS server that is nearest to your location and use it as your primary DNS server instead of the one supplied by your ISP. UnoDNS provides servers in every corner of the globe from Japan to Australia to South Africa to North America. The location of the DNS server doesn’t affect what content you can access, but can make a huge difference in look-up speed.
Once your DNS servers are configured to use UnoDNS, login to your UnoDNS account and register your IP address. This ensures that only you can access the services you have paid for. If you have additional IP addresses or network, you can add these locations too.
UnoDNS works with practically any device that allows you to change the DNS server, including Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Apple TV, Google TV and more. Another advantage of UnoDNS over VPN is that most VPN services doesn’t allow you to connect with more than one or two devices simultaneously. With UnoDNS, there is no such restriction. You can run as as many device as you want, provided they are all under the same network when you are using them.
UnoDNS supports more than 70 video streaming sites the full list of which is available here. The service doesn’t affect any other Internet-based service you have or general web surfing. It only comes into play when you try to access one of the many streaming sites. However, for the sake of security, I’ll advice users to switch on to UnoDNS only when they want to access the restricted sites. When using your email, bank website, PayPal and any other service where security is of utmost importance, switch back to the DNS server offered by your ISP or other trusted sources. I have no reasons to believe that UnoDNS will attempt to spoof your bank website or steal your Gmail password, but services get hacked easily. Ask LinkedIn or Yahoo.
UnoDNS is available in two different price points, ranging from $4.95 per month for Premium to $7.95 per month for Gold. The rates drop further when bought for periods longer than 3 months, and can go as low as $3.99 per month when bought for a year. Gold accounts supports more channels than Premium accounts. History Channel, Nation Geographic, TCM and TMT are among a few that is available only under Gold.
The Gold accounts also come with VPN access that enables customers to avail UnoDNS’s service even when connected to networks where the user is not authorized to change DNS servers such as public Wi-Fi or 3G and 4G networks.
As mentioned in the title, we are organizing a giveaway of UnoDNS Gold accounts. We have a few 3-months Gold accounts which we will be giving away to our readers. The giveaway will begin with 3 accounts, but if enough people participate we will add two more free accounts to the lot.
If you wish to enjoy 3 months of trouble free video-on-demand streaming from some of the most popular video (and radio) services, drop your name and email in the form below. Winners will be decided by a random draw. The contest ends on 30 August 2012.