So you want to use Netflix, Hulu or Spotify and when you try to register for the service you receive a notification that the service is not available in your country. The same can happen when accessing media on youtube.
All the devices connected to the internet are assigned an I.P. address by the internet service providers (ISP). I.P's appointed by the ISP are dependent on the country, and each country is assigned a range of I.P addresses. When you connect to an online service, you use your I.P address to indicate the origin of your data and destination of the replies from the service. The I.P you have assigned will give the service provider your geolocation. The service provider will use this information to block users that are present in specific locations.To go around these restrictions, you have two different options.
A VPN service will allow you to connect to a VPN server where the service you want to access is permitted. A by-product of the VPN is that you are assigned a new I.P address giving the service provider the impression that you are accessing the service from where the VPN service is located — allowing you to access the content.
The disadvantage of a VPN solution is performance. Given that all the data transmitted between your device and the VPN service is encrypted the connection will be much slower. Computational power is needed to encrypt and decrypt the data. The higher the security level of the VPN connection, the more processing power is required, and the slower the connection.
The VPN service will allow you to access the service, but the connection is so slow that streaming is continuously being interrupted. Giving you a lousy viewing experience.
If you have no concern about protecting your data, but you only need to be able to access a geo-blocked service. A VPN service is overkill and costly and does not provide you with the quality you need when it comes to connection speeds.
A SmartDNS service is a complex system that is specifically designed to allow an individual to access geo-blocked content. Let's first understand what a DNS is.
DNS stands for Domain Name Service. It is the system that allows us you access internet services using a domain name.
Each device connected to the internet is assigned an I.P. An I.P consists of a sequence of digital numbers that is unique. Remembering the I.P address of all the sites is impossible. To access sites, we use the domain name. Each domain name is assigned the I.P address of the machine hosting the service that we need to access.
The DNS is like a telephone directory that translates domain names to I.P addresses. It is composed of a collection of machines distributed around the globle storing the domain names and their respective I.P addresses.
When you connect to the internet, you use the DNS server provided by your ISP. It will allow you to access Netflix by typing netflix.com in your browser.
How does a Smart Dns Work ?
A Smart DNS is a service that exposes a custom DNS server. This DNS server will redirect your traffic to a proxy server located in the region where the service you want to access is present.
It will give internet service like Hulu or Netflix the impression that your i.p address is present in another country.
The advantage of a Smart DNS is performance. There is no encryption involved. Your data is relayed through an intermediate server mimicking your location from another country.
A smart DNS is also very cheap when compared to a VPN service. A VPN service will cost in the region od 10-20 dollars per month while a Smart DNS service will cost you 2-5 dollars a month.
If you want to circumvent geoblocking and you don't care if your data is not secure. A Smart DNS is the best option when it comes to cost and performance.