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5 Best SmartDNS for SmartTV


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Note: We’ve recently launched an entire website about SmartDNS. Please check that for more detailed information about SmartDNS services.

We have recently reviewed the 5 Best VPNs to use if you have a SmartTV. As we mentioned in that article a VPN can be a great way of accessing geo-blocked content but a SmartDNS service is another way but since it works differently we thought it deserves it’s separate list.

SmartDNS has the advantage of providing much better speeds and an easier set-up procedure. This comes at the cost of no encryption and no connection sharing. The former is likely not an issue when using a SmartTV but the latter could be annoying for those that wish to connect multiple devices using a single account. Also it requires  you to have a static IP or register your IP with your SmartDNS provider every time it changes.

Summary

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1

Overplay Logo $4.95/mo 9.6
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2

CactusVPN Logo $2.28/mo 9.3
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3

TorGuard Logo $3.95/mo 9.1
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4

UnblockUs Logo $4.99/mo 9.1
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5

ibVPN Logo $2.16/mo 9.1
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Editor’s Choice

Winner – OverPlay

Overplay Logo

Positives: no logs, ease of use, simple but secure

Negatives: no money back offers, lack of recurring payment selection

The OverPlay system is very impressive and for $9.95/mo you can get an account which allows both VPN and SmartDNS connections. They provide you with 24/7 support and only minimal logs are kept.

With fantastic speeds and servers in 48 countries it is definitely a great value for money service, and their VPN connections are great too. It is therefore a bit of a shame that they don’t provide a free trial.

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2. CactusVPN

CactusVPN Logo

Positives: low cost, extremely fast, great client

Negatives: no BitCoin, very limited countries

This fairly new Moldovan company is pretty great and we found very few problems with them. Our major concern is that they have servers only in the US, UK and NL but this should be enough to get great content onto your SmartTV. They provide this for a great cheap price and even the package that includes VPN starts as low as $3.21/mo.

Unfortunately it does have a bit of an odd multiple connections policy and doesn’t accept BitCoins. However, they have one of the best speeds we have ever seen so they are definitely worth giving a try.

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3. TorGuard

TorGuard Logo

Positives: no logs, very fast, allows P2P, 30 day money back guarantee

Negatives: uses some information for marketing, no free trial

We have received some negative comments about TorGuard and they collect a bit too much information that they use for marketing which is a shame. They have servers in 39 locations across the world giving you access to a large range of content.

Unfortunately, though they do provide VPNs too, they do not have a combination package. With their fast speeds and good customer support they are worth a consideration.

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4. UnBlockus

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Positives: great customer support, good alternative to traditional VPNs, generous free trial

Negatives: configurations can be confusing, non-traditional service

Please watch out with UnBlockus as though they state that they are a VPN they only provide a SmartDNS service (which not a problem with consideration to SmartTVs) might confuse some people who are looking for a secure connection.

Their pricing is on the slightly higher but for that you get some great connection speeds and a very helpful support team. Their configurations can be a bit confusing so make sure you use their generous free trial before you fully commit.

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5. Invisble Browsing VPN

ibVPN Logo

Positives: cheap, no logs, accepts BitCoins, lot of software and packages

Negatives: limited connections, slow on a regular basis, no logs not 100% true

ibVPN is one of the top names in the VPN world and they provide one of the cheapest services out there, their VPN and DNS combination package starts at $4.08/mo but we recommend getting the ultimate package (from $4.84/mo) as this provides multiple simultaneous connections and a few more services.

In spite of the technology and services (protocols and software)  it promises, it’s cheap price comes at the cost of a hazy logging policy and speeds that can be described best as temperamental. But with a 15 day free trial you can test them out for yourself and see how they respond.

 

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Conclusion

If you really wish to get the most out of your SmartTV and wish to access as much content as possible then you should definitely start using SmartDNS. Find below a recap of the providers we recommend. If you are happy to sacrifice some speed for something with security then have a look at our VPN listings.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting price Review Link

1

Overplay Logo $4.95/mo 9.6
Read Review >
Visit Site

2

CactusVPN Logo $2.28/mo 9.3
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Visit Site

3

TorGuard Logo $3.95/mo 9.1
Read Review >
Visit Site

4

UnblockUs Logo $4.99/mo 9.1
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Visit Site

5

ibVPN Logo $2.16/mo 9.1
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Setting Up SmartDNS on your SmartTV

Setting up the SmartDNS service is fairly straight forward – please bare in mind that this is a general set up guide and it might differ from model to model.

  1. Sign up to a SmartDNS provider (see our list above)
    1. Find out your IP using 123myip.co.uk or similar and note it down (you will have to repeat steps 1.1 and 1.2 every time your IP changes)
    2. Register your IP with your SmartDNS provider
    3. Note down the DNS they will require you to enter
  2. On your SmartTV navigate to Menu-> Network -> Network Settings
    SmartTV_NetworkSettings
  3. Once you have gone through the internet connectivity settings you will be able to select IP Settings
    SmartTV_IPSettings
  4. Scroll down to DNS Settings and enter the DNS number given to you by your provider
    SmartTV_DNS_Setting
  5. Your SmartTV should now be connected through a SmartDNS service allowing you to browse as if you were based in another country

Peter Selmeczy I am an engineer by trade and tech geek by night, who's passionate about sharing his knowledge with the people. Find me on Google+.

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12 responses to “5 Best SmartDNS for SmartTV

  1. I think you should put smartdnsproxy.com they’re the best dns servers at the moment. Also they’re have customer support which has very friendly and responsive 🙂

  2. Interesting reading your review have you had a look at smartydns
    here my quick review of their service.

    Accessing blocked site using a smart dns seems to be a common thing today among people with a small amount of technology knowledge.
    However I believe I have found the gem in the pile of smart dns providers, smartydns which can be found here https://www.smartydns.com/free-smart-dns/ offers you a 14 day free trial of their service, which in my opinion is brilliant because if like me you have a small amount of knowledge and can only play around at the weekend it gives you plenty of time to trial thing and feel confident that spending your hard earned cash on something is worth it.
    So what can you do with smartydns:
    You can access blocked web sites like the BBC or ITV if you are outside the UK
    Select what countries you want to unblock websites to access which seems to increasing each time I look at their site.
    With a little thought and investigation you can even get your Chrome cast to access the blocked content if you have a half decent modem router, I’m not talking expensive here something like a Netgear d6200 which can set up static routes. If you decide to subscribe to Smarty dns then do search on setting up chrome cast to use a smart dns.
    Smarty DNS also have a couple of great little additions on their client page which helps keep your IP address registered with them. I use their option to use my Dynamic DNS host name which means simply when my public IP address changes smartydns detail get updated. So you don’t even have to log into your client page to update your IP address.
    Overall a great service at a reasonable price. With no but’s ,10 out 10 as far as I am concerned.
    Go have a look for yourself at http://www.smartydns.com it won’t cost you for the free trial and they don’t want loads of personal info, or fill your inbox with spam.

    1. Hi Colin
      Thanks for that info. We’re actually working on something new and exciting for smartdns and hopefully we’ll see smartyDNS there

  3. Hi Peter,

    Article looks very nice. I love using SmartDNS technology rather than a VPN. It’s much faster. Best of all works on my TV as well.

    Honestly I have tested almost all of the services you mentioned. My selection was to use Smart DNS Proxy which is not listed in your site. I would suggest you to review them. These people are doing great job + good price.

    Thanks,

    Deniz

  4. Great article Peter. The DNS option is better than using a VPN regarding content streaming because you can achieve direct connection with the media station ex. Netflix and avoid the “middle-man”. Personally, I am using UnoTelly which is similar to Overplay DNS. Perhaps you should check UnoTelly as well if you haven’t done so.

    1. Hi UnoTelly
      We have tried contacting them before to review them but we haven’t got a response from them yet.
      Peter

  5. Overplay has problem with payment. They blocked user from some country to pay, you will get “payment error” and support won’t help you. They also don’t have the list of supported sites. Very annoying.

    I switched to trickbyte right now, even though they don’t have many supported sites but I only watch netflix and hulu. It’s good enough for me.

    1. Hi Ted

      Thanks for the input, I’ll contact OverPlay and find out if I can find a solution for them.
      Haven’t heard of TrickByte yet either so will check them out too.
      I’ll also be writing a 5 Best SmartDNS service list where I’ll do more in-depth reviews and speed tests. I’m not sure when that will be yet but you can always keep checking back or sign up to the mailing list to be informed of it.

      Peter

    2. I’d like to comment on the Overplay billing issue. I had a similar issue, but was helped within about a week. I signed up for SmartDNS service alone at $4.95, and then decided to upgrade to the $9.95 VPN + SmartDNS service. It is possible I myself did something wrong, but my account was billed – for more then 3 months when I finally noticed it – for BOTH the $4.95 and $9.95 amounts, so $14.90 in total, in two separate transactions each month. I contacted them, and support answered be back within the hour that they had forwarded it to the billing department which was closed for the weekend (i mailed on friday afternoon, but the billing was closed). They contacted me on Wednesday after the weekend, and asked me to provide statement details. That was easy, and I supplied them from my online bank records. I then received a mail the very next day confirming the double billing in their books, and I was credited 3 x $4.95 back for the three months I paid double. Since then I have only been billed the proper $9.95 a month.

      Case and point: Although they did make a billing error that shouldn’t have happened (still is possible it was my own click-fumble), they did help me set it straight, even though it took a week to do. I would still recommend Overplay any day, and two of my friends have signed up. 🙂

  6. Hi Peter,
    Thank you for this review, places together those much sought after smartdns providers, I couldn’t help noticing that one specialized smartdns service,unotelly, with a lot of positive reviews was not mentioned in this article, perhaps worth mentioning.
    Thanks
    John

    1. Hi John

      Your welcome, as I just mentioned in my reply to Ted I’ll be doing a full 5 Best SmartDNS review soon so sign up to our mailing list and get notified when it’s out.
      We are aware of UnoTelly however we do not like to feature services which we haven’t reviewed because then we aren’t fully aware of how they operate and work and hence we couldn’t back up any details we give (I know companies provide loads of detail on their websites but these aren’t always true or trustworthy). We are however expanding our VPN list at the moment so hopefully we will have a review of them soon and will be able to list them in our Top 5.

      Peter

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