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.
The Best SmartDNS for SmartTV
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.
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Winner – OverPlay
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Invisble Browsing VPN
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.
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.
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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.
- Sign up to a SmartDNS provider (see our list above)
- 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)
- Register your IP with your SmartDNS provider
- Note down the DNS they will require you to enter
- On your SmartTV navigate to Menu-> Network -> Network Settings
- Once you have gone through the internet connectivity settings you will be able to select IP Settings
- Scroll down to DNS Settings and enter the DNS number given to you by your provider
- Your SmartTV should now be connected through a SmartDNS service allowing you to browse as if you were based in another country