AppleTV+TimeCapsule+VPN

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by beatledud, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. beatledud macrumors 6502

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    So I've moved to the UK some time ago from US. I have an Apple TV and a Time Capsule and an EE (UK ISP) modem. What I want to do is integrate a VPN (maybe using my HMA account) into the setup, but at the modem level since TimeCapsule can't support it.
     
  2. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I should add: I want to keep my TC because its a more stable autoconnect drive to back up all my computers remotely (than an airdisk on a different router). I also have the drive partitioned and have my iTunes Music/Movie/TV library hosted on it (no room on my SSD MBP). And with that said, when Bonjour is working, I can just open my laptop anywhere in the world and my TC drive loads automagically and my iTunes finds all of my media (well before EE).

    Now EE's modem/router doesn't allow for bridge mode, so Bonjour has been broken since. I would rather replace it with a modem where I can turn a VPN service on or off. I assume the VPN service may break the VPN (and slow my internet connection for times where I don't need to access regional content) so some ability to control it would be nice.
     
  3. vc2020 macrumors regular

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    Use a DNS instead of a VPN. Unotelly and unblock-us are good options. Use it straight from your apple tv or across your entire network through your TC.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    AFAIK, DNS is just a simplified means to set up a VPN. You can't spoof your geolocation via a DNS service which is a name resolution service.
    However, those providers will let your aTV search the provider's DNS server to resolve the service name (like netflix.com) and redirect it to their VPN tunnel instead of Netflix's streaming server.
     
  5. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

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    vc2020, you were right! I used Unblock-Us to test it out. They have a great 7 day trial so it allowed me to see if it really worked or not. It was pretty simple, just adjusted the DNS setting on my AppleTV per their instructions and now all my apps work and think they are in the US (including Netflix and Hulu Plus).

    And I think most importantly since its not a VPN there doesn't appear to be any speed degradation. And since I can input the DNS settings directly into my Apple TV I can save my computers and other devices from being diverted, which is also nice.

    Just researching now which the best SmartDNS service is as far as price and features.
     
  6. vc2020 macrumors regular

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    unotelly had a coupon that expired in October so I went with them but unblock is pretty easy to run off free trials for awhile.
     
  7. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like unblock-us. Now I'm just seeing what's my best options are with the other providers. I'd like a solution where I can also use the service on my MBP and iPhones with the option to easily and quickly turn off the DNS setting rather than significantly adjusting the overall DNS in the settings feature.
     
  8. vc2020 macrumors regular

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    You can enter the DNS on different devices as long as you're on the same IP. I more recently put the DNS on my router but have a VPN service included with it so I can switch it to US & UK whenever I'm at work or anywhere else.
     

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