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Looking for a VPN box

To bypass using a PC - TV connection

Rick Methven
post 14.Nov.2012, 03:00 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

I have Freesat so I get all the UK channels BBC ITV ec but would also like to use the iplayers that are now getting quite sophisticated. There are bbc iplayer and itvplayer, sat channels but they require an internet connection to work. I have internet ethernet connections on both my TV and my Humax Foxsat box but whenever I try to use the connections to use iplayer, it comes back with the dreaded

" Sorry this service is not available in your region"

I could use my netbook with a VPN to run iplayer but I would then need to use the Computer connection on the TV which looses a lot of definition and not so convenient.

What I want is a simple box with a VPN installed that goes between my router and the TV or satbox that makes them think I have a UK IP.

Has anybody got such a box or know of one?

If the dire warnings that we will loose sattelite reception in Sweden when Astra 2F becomes operational, become true, such a tunnel box could be very handy.
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byke
post 14.Nov.2012, 03:12 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

can you not just use a smart dns?
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byke
post 14.Nov.2012, 04:09 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

Rick, are you able to make changes to the DNS in your freeview box or modem?
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AW1
post 14.Nov.2012, 04:32 PM
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Location: Södermanland
Joined: 20.Mar.2012

Could you not set up a vpn on your router?
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Rick Methven
post 14.Nov.2012, 04:55 PM
Post #5
Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

QUOTE (byke @ 14.Nov.2012, 03:12 PM) *
can you not just use a smart dns?

No

QUOTE (byke @ 14.Nov.2012, 04:09 PM) *
Rick, are you able to make changes to the DNS in your freeview box or modem?

No

QUOTE (AW1 @ 14.Nov.2012, 04:32 PM) *
Could you not set up a vpn on your router?

Not possible as I have a fibre connection and a fixed IP address with my my ISP.

I have heard of something like boxee that is a small router that you program with a VPN account. you do not have to login every time and it is only connected to the appliances you want to use so your computer does not use the VPN.
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byke
post 14.Nov.2012, 05:27 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

Rick, I googled your humax and apparently there is allot of custom firmware out there for such which means if you flashed it which is common practice, it allows such things as being able to enter DNS ... Which would then mean you should be able to watch catchup without having to connect to a VPN as it would go through smart DNS which is also faster
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Gordy
post 14.Nov.2012, 06:25 PM
Post #7
Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

Rick take a look at www.dd-wrt.com its open source firmware for a variety of routers that lets you set them up as a vpn box just what you are looking for. I found a Linksys router from the list in my local computer shop for 220Sek and it was dead simple to flash the firmware. I then connected it to my Telia router and can in turn connect devices to the Vpn router either wired or wirelessly. I haven"t used it in quite a while but I'd guess you can set it up with a smart dns which would be simpler to use than the VPN.
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Gordy
post 14.Nov.2012, 08:04 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

Just checked which router I used and it was a D-Link DIR-600 which are still available for around 250SEK or less.
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beefpatty
post 14.Nov.2012, 08:13 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 3.Feb.2011

Can you get freesat channels in Stockholm?
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byke
post 14.Nov.2012, 08:37 PM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

Yes if you have a big dish.
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Beef
post 15.Nov.2012, 12:10 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 7.Feb.2006

QUOTE (Gordy @ 14.Nov.2012, 06:25 PM) *
Rick take a look at www.dd-wrt.com its open source firmware for a variety of routers that lets you set them up as a vpn box just what you are looking for. I found a Linksys ro ... (show full quote)

Yes, I did this on a netgear router using VPNUK which has dd-wrt support. works really well, with maybe just a reboot required once a week.. Rick, I PMd you.
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Cheeseroller2
post 18.Nov.2012, 06:33 PM
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Joined: 4.Jul.2009

Why bother with satellite? I use a VPN service that costs $50 and watch via my notebook T home or when traveling. Just bought a second account so I can watch USA channels (saves logging in to change VPN server location each time). Google StrongVPN
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Gordy
post 18.Nov.2012, 07:05 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

Your crazy!

All you need is one smartDNS service like Unblockus or UnoDNS. Half the price of a VPN and depending on which website you surf to it will intelligently switch the IP address that the website sees as your's to the appropriate one for that website. Plus there is no throttling of your connection speed as there is with a VPN.
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Cheeseroller2
post 18.Nov.2012, 08:51 PM
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Joined: 4.Jul.2009

Not as crazy as someone who sticks up a 3m dish ;-). But thanks for the links - I'll give that a try.
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Gordy
post 22.Nov.2012, 12:09 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 1.Oct.2005

Well Rick, any joy?
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