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Would any one recommend a VPN?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Mowax, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    evening, I've been hopping from VPN provider over the past few days and of course some of you know that I need a new router to be able to cope with the encryption (Posted all about this in another thread so I won't go into detail)

    Are we allowed to discuss VPN Hosts? That be good.

    I'm after a one that will allow as many devices as possible to be connected, sick of being kicked of machines and devices because of there restrictions. I'm only talking less than say 15 devices.

    Good to know that you can stick it on your phone as well, comes in handy.

    Was on a great one that I won't mention until you say we can or can't and I'm thinking of taking them up on the yearly offer, when I had openVPN running on the router it by passed my ISP's broad band up and also down...seems good, just they all seem to have some kind of down fall that's why I thought I'd drop in ask.

    Peace.
     
  2. beatnik

    beatnik Networkin' Nut Member

    I use StrongVPN, configured on the router. Because of this, it looks to StrongVPN as though I am one client, but of course, I have about 5 devices wireless/wired using the VPN. No problems connecting to China and the speeds have been good. No bandwidth limits and support is awesome if you get something goofed up. Oh, and they provide a shell script to run on the router to configure the keys and ip/ports for your account.

    For iOS devices, I use Cloak.
     
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  3. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    Thanks very much for getting back to me on that one, OK the results so far, I tried Strong VPN and they did seem the best out of them all so far, reason I say that for now is that when I was all up and running and had it configured on my tomato router then I managed to bypass the uplaod and download throttle that my isp has in place so it was rather cool. I have been trying quite a few over these last few weeks, they all seem to have there good and bad points. I'd like a one that P2P was allowed and also I'd like one that most ports were open, I run a few servers and stuff from my network for say for example the "jtag" on the xbox 360, and an FTP server, so one with-out a port restriction would be good.

    I think once I upgrade my router then I'll maybe head back on over to "strongVPN" and have another go at it.

    thanks a lot.
     
  4. beatnik

    beatnik Networkin' Nut Member

    From what I know, strongVPN doesn't 'approve' of torrent downloading. This is OK for me. When I want to download torrents, I just change my LAN IP address to one that is not routed through the VPN and go native. In China, copyrights in the states or EU don't seem to matter....
     
  5. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I would highly recommend https://www.witopia.net/
    If you're running the tunnel from your router, does it matter how many devices you have behind it?
     
  6. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    Thanks very much.

    I've found that "secureVPN" allowed me to do that and configure it on the router with Tomato under "open VPN" which was cool, and my dreambox also worked as well, but my old netgear wasn't up too much, that's why just bought a "ASUS RT-N66U" so it can cope with the encryption.

    I would like a VPN host that would allow me to "open some ports" as I would like to run the server for the "xbox 360" jtag behind a VPN IP address, rather than my own.

    I found one VPN that allowed me to connect via "openVPN" on the router but that seemed to know that I had more than one device as I got kicked off IE.

    I also have a "Vodafone" sure signal that won't work on a VPN but I believe that there's a work around for that.

    I've set up a ICS on a Revo that I had using "Cactus" vpn but the dreambox won't work as I believe on "Cactus" that it's because the don't use, "VPN when IP address is NAT-ed"

    I might have to go back to "secure VPN" when my new router gets here. ! :)



    Thanks
     
  7. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    I'm a very happy airvpn user: http://airvpn.org.

    They don't discriminate against any protocol and they have port forwarding. I use it for watching US or UK Netflix (I'm in Canada) and it works beautifully.
     
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  8. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

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  9. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    Thanks very much for this, I'm really liking the look of the airvpn, looks as thought that has everything I need, ports, openVPN, etc. etc. I think my Cacuts VPN runs out on the 1/1/13 so I think I'll be jumping ship and having a look at one of the suggestions.

    Thanks a lot.

    Oh and if your using "netflix" have you seen the "work around" for your consoles? :)
     
  10. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    Netflix seems to automatically flip over depending on what country my ip is from. I have a Canadian subscription. I use it from an Xbox 360 and a Wii.

    Hulu, on the other hand, was a bit tougher to set up, but I did get it working. Decided it wasn't worth it based on the advertising they break up the shows with.
     
  11. CBR900

    CBR900 LI Guru Member

    Is there a free vpn that works with tomato?
     
  12. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    When you say "free" and with "Tomato" do you mean via the GUI and "openvpn" there's a few out there that are "free" as to speak and they'll allow you to connect for 30 minutes but none as far as I've seen that are "free" for Tomato/OpenVPN.

    I don't mind paying for one, especially after looking at "air VPN" looks like it's just what I need!.

    Oh and if you have netflix, then if you have it installed on your console(s) then simply cancel your subscription via a PC and your console will still allow you to log in ;) working on PS3 and 360 and Samsung at the minute....youtube it if you like :)
     
  13. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    That sounds like it's getting in to a morally grey area, which normally I don't mind stretching in to, but I actually like the service Netflix provides, so I don't mind the $8 a month.
     
  14. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    yip I agree! pay for it and support it....just that it's all over "youtube" and the like so I'm just passing it on... ;)
     
  15. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    You should see the hoops I had to jump through to pay for Hulu! Ridiculous!
     
  16. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    just had a look but here in the UK and using a VPN via the Netherlands I can't get on it, what is it, a streaming TV service for the states?

    You have a bit of a mare getting it going?
     
  17. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    Hulu is owned by the major US networks (ABC NBC CBS), and has a load of first run US TV shows. In order to get it to work, you need a US mailing address or credit card linked to a US mailing address. I have a US PayPal account I use for such things.

    Then on Xbox you have to create a new xbox live profile while connected to a US VPN AND set your console's region to USA. Then it'll let you download the Hulu app. Once it's installed, you can log in with any xbox live profile, so long as you're connected to a US VPN.

    I found that it wasn't worth the effort considering they charge $8 a month and still interrupt your show with horrible advertising.
     
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  18. beatnik

    beatnik Networkin' Nut Member

    As of this past weekend, China blocked most VPNs from working if they were configured via standard ports. strongVPN had a post up within a few hours with 2 work arounds for customers. Good VPN solution and good customer service.

    I do run strongVPN from the router and it does not matter how many devices are connected. To strongVPN, it looks like 1 connection from my router.
     
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  19. Mowax

    Mowax Serious Server Member

    air vpn seems as though it's got it all, but I can't get any where near the speeds that I wanted, so to rule out the router I have downloaded there desktop app and have tried all the settings there is, so udp, tcp, and all the ports and if the hex core that I'm sitting on in this rig can't get any where near the speeds then it's just going to be the same in the tomato with "openVPN" shame as well as they don't have any thing blocked and allow you to open ports and stuff.
     
  20. kamaaina

    kamaaina Serious Server Member

    Private internet access and torguard can be subscribed to for around 35 usd annually when on sale for 50% off, which seems to happen 2-3 times per year. Ivpn seems to offer some of the strongest encryption but is 100 dollars a year. All can run on iOS devices either via client or openvpn app. All work on tomato router as well. You can get 30-50 mbit/s download with 1ghz+ arm routers running an openvpn client on your router. Overclocking the cpu helps. My e2000 capped at about 8 Mbit/s.


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