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UnoTelly SmartDNS and VPN review

on September 3, 2014 10:00 am

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I am what many people would call, a “cord-cutter”.  In my living space I don’t subscribe to cable, and generally watch my TV online with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube.  A few years ago I lived in England and loved watching BBC iPlayer, but now that I live back in the US, I can’t do so since it’s blocked from any location outside of the UK.  I was really bummed and have tried using free VPN services online, but they are all super slow with lots of advertising that get in the way.  Along came the chance to review UnoTelly, a DNS and VPN service that lets you bypass geo-targeted content online.  They gave me a trial run of their services, so let’s see how it went.

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UnoTelly has two services that helps you view online content outside of your area. They have a SmartDNS service, which allows you to simply change your DNS (Domain Name Service) and route your content through their servers, and a SmartVPN service, which allows your to “dial into” a certain location specifically.

UnoTelly advertises a huge assortment of websites you are able to stream online (some websites require email registration). Here’s a screenshot of just a few that they support:

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UnoTelly also supports a huge amount of devices. Basically anything that has an internet connection, including computers, smartphones, smart TVs, gaming consoles and routers.

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Since the main thing I wanted to try out was BBC iPlayer, I decided to try out the DNS service on my TV-connected Chromebox.  I logged in, and their website gave me simple instructions on what to change.  On the Chromebox it was quite easy; I went into the internet connection settings, and changed only the “DNS” IP address with the one they gave me. I also had to change my timezone to GMT on my device.  With much surprise, I visited the iPlayer website, and had no problems watching content. It was super smooth with no lag and no warnings of content not being available for my area.  I also tried websites such as Channel 4 on Demand (UK), some French channels (2-5), as well as an Australian and New Zealand website.  The only thing I needed to change were the time zones.  All played extremely well, with no lag-a great way to spend some lazy Sundays!

A last thing worth mentioning is that UnoTelly has a good knowledge base for answers. I was trying to figure out how to test the UnoVPN service, since they didn’t give me specific server names to enter into my devices, but I did find the answer I was looking for.

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Overwall, UnoTelly is awesome. I personally preferred the DNS service over the VPN service, since my TV connected device has a web browser, but the VPN service might be for you if you have a tablet or other device that you want to connect that uses apps rather than a web browser to listen or view content.  There are two pricing plans for UnoTelly; premium at $4.95/month and gold at $7.95/month, with 100% moneyback guarantee, with no contract.

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UnoTelly offers a trial run for 8 days with no credit card. This won’t replace basic cable, but will give you access to channels online that you wouldn’t get because of geo-fenced restrictions. It’s definitely worth it if you are like me and a cord-cutter who prefers to view their media online!

Source: The service for this review was provided by UnoTelly. Visit their site for more info.

 

Product Information

Price:$4.95/month or $7.95/month
Manufacturer:UnoTelly
Requirements:
  • Internet connected device
Pros:
  • Compatible with almost any internet connected device
  • Affordable price per month
  • Fast connection

Comments

  1. 1
    Sandee Cohen says:

    Can you provide a $ comparison for how many basic cable channels you can get (like A&E) on Uno or with other services or how much the basic cable would cost.

    In NYC with Time Warner I get my basic cable pretty much for free as long as I have TWC’s telephone and internet service.

    You’ve got to pay something for your cable and unless you’ve cut the cord and use on VoIP for telephone, something for phone.

    I just don’t see the financial benefit for “cutting the cord.” I imagine there is a satisfaction of “sticking it to the man.” But it’s not a real benefit. (Or show me wrong.)

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    HI Sandee,
    This won’t replace basic cable, just give you access to online services that you wouldn’t normally get if living in another country that doesn’t offer that service.

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    Armand Tamsarian says:

    Hi. Can it be integrated into existing media PC software such as Windows Media Center, XBMC, etc.?

    Also, if I already had a dedicated media centre designed to download and play content from iTunes or uTorrent for example, does the DNS or VPN service interfere or mess up any other download or software on a media PC?

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    Hi Armand,
    I cannot speak on behalf of Unotelly, so I would recommend shooting them an email, but from what I noticed it would work just find with pc software such as Windows Media Center or XBMC, since that software is ontop of the hardware of the box you are using (PC, or Raspberry Pi etc). If you download/play content from another software service, I can imaging it only having trouble if it was region-locked content. The best thing to do would be to give the free trial a go and test it.

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    Chris Davies says:

    Can I just point out that watching BBC as a non license player is illegal.

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    Des says:

    If watching BBC as a non-licence payer is illegal then there are a million households in Ireland breaking the law.

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