What is the Best VPN?

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  • #10025
    Ty
    Participant

    What VPN do you all use/what’s the best one to use? Doesn’t have to be free, just one thats fast and keeps a strong connection

    #26068
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    The two most commonly recommended these days seem to be StrongVPN and Astrill. Free VPN’s are slow and unreliable, I would avoid them all together.

    #26085
    Merior
    Participant

    Based on my experience I would class Strong as operational 90% of the time, however, this may well have degraded recently based on comments here. I then upgraded to a D-Link router to solve my wife’s flakey internet connection and Strong completely stopped working for me because they don’t support the D-Link protocols.

    Is there a VPN which will work with a D-Link router and is it reliable?

    #26110
    Brad GiesBrad Gies
    Participant

    I’ve been using ExpressVPN and having no problems (knock wood).

    #26111
    FedericoFederico
    Participant

    Strong VPN, Overplay, Express VPN, Pure VPN… all nice service…

    #26114
    BenBen
    Moderator

    Merior – I am assuming that your D-Link doesn’t support PPTP (GRE tunneling). Switching to L2TP or SSTP, both of which StrongVPN support, should solve your problem.

    #26118
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
    Participant

    I’ve can’t recall having any issues with StrongVPN in the 5 or so years I’ve been using it (pretty much daily). Best customer service available, also.

    #26121
    ZXL
    Member

    Been using VPN Express for 2 years. never had a problem(knock wood)

    #26126
    Merior
    Participant

    Thanks Ben but StronVPN have just confirmed that my D-Link DR-619 is not supported. They were kind enough to provide a couple of links to router models that were supported but the links were predictably blocked by China. LOL

    #26129
    BenBen
    Moderator

    Merior – You should still give L2TP or SSTP a try. You might save yourself some money.

    #26133
    7
    Participant

    Strong stopped working for me a few weeks ago. Even if it connected Facebook was still blocked, but then unblocked sites were unusably slow. I tried changing the settings and have yet to find alternate settings that could connect & ended up just trying something else.

    #26381
    dnvphoto
    Participant

    As you might know, China has been more actively fighting foreign VPNs for the last couple of months. A simple Google search and numerous conversations with StrongVPN’s support staff confirmed this. We gave up on VPN’s altogether and, for now, go with this simple free approach:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2012/11/29/no-vpn-no-problem-a-new-way-around-chinas-great-firewall/

    There’s a lot of websites we can’t access, but it scratches the FB/Twitter bug…

    #26382
    BenBen
    Moderator

    Care should be taken when copying and pasting stuff in to your hosts file. You could easily end up being tricked in to redirecting yourself to a phishing site which steals your username and password.

    #26383
    CharlieCharlie
    Keymaster

    There’s a lot of websites we can’t access, but it scratches the FB/Twitter bug…

    What hosts changes did you make to set this up? I hadn’t even heard about this as a method to access blocked sites in China.

    #26396
    dnvphoto
    Participant

    having trouble finding the exact instructions i used… but some variation of the search “hosts file modify mac china” (i use the canadian google.ca website as it’s not blocked here). be careful though, messing with terminal can be dangerous as i think you know. but i got the list of IPs that i pasted into the hosts file directly from google (they update them every few months from what i hear). it included all google services, youtube (which i can access, but the videos won’t play…), facebook, twitter, and a few others i think.

    if i find the instructions i used, i’ll post.

    #26406
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
    Participant

    I use Google’s DNS as primary DNS server (8.8.8.8), but as Ben mentioned, changing your hosts file isn’t a good idea for public services.

    #26410
    Chris ZiichChris Ziich
    Moderator

    cool. I just tried this. Confirmed to work. Facebook access without a vpn.

    #26429
    7
    Participant

    FB still doesn’t work for me. Though oddly the FB app on my iPhone has been working without VPN since last weekend (at least as of last night.)

    #27913
    Ian
    Participant

    does anybody have the host files or address for FB?

    #27919
    Chris ZiichChris Ziich
    Moderator

    just copy/paste this into your hosts file, and make sure you’re using https:// :

    173.252.110.27 http://www.facebook.com

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