Best Smart DNS Reviews 2016

- Unblock-US 5/5
- OverPlay 5/5
- Unlocator 4/5
- Blockless 4/5
- IbDNS 4/5
- UnoTelly 3/5
- TrickByteDNS 3/5
- AdFreeTime 3/5
- MediaHint 3/5
- PlayMO 3/5
- SmartDNSProxy 3/5
- GetFlix 3/5
- DNS4ME 2/5
- SmartyDNS 2/5
- ProxyDNS 1/5
- TurboFlix 1/5
- UnblockMedia 1/5
- USACCESS 0/5

How to get American Netflix around the World

Get American Netflix In Canada / Australia /UK!

- How to get American Netflix in Canada

Best Netflix Chrome Extensions

How to unblock Netflix and watch region-blocked content by installing a browser extension

- Blockless Browser Based DNS
- Zenmate Browser Based VPN
- MediaHint Browser Based DNS
- ProxMate Browser Based Proxy
- BrowSec Browser Based VPN
- DotVPN Browser Based VPN
- BetterNet Browser Based VPN
- fri-Gate Browser Based Proxy
- TunnelBear Browser Based VPN
- JustUnblock Browser Based DNS
- Hola Browser Based VPN Peer

Have you checked out Unblock-us yet?

Browser-based extension to access sites like Netflix

Using extensions in your browser (Chrome - Opera - Firefox) to watch Netflix is one solution that many users have adopted:

  • Some extensions are free

  • Unlock hundreds of movies on Netflix with a simple browser extension that is simple to set up - The main appeal of using an extension is that it is easy to set up. All it takes usually is to install the extension in the web browser to start using it.

But we have found numerous disadvantages:

  • Free extensions like Hola should be avoided. Hackers have used the extension and its system of sharing IPs (and bandwidth) to hack 8chan. Hola was even found to be using user's connections as TOR exit nodes - an incredibly dangerous activity.

  • All free services, like Betternet, have a commercial service behind the free offer: "We work with third party ad networks to recommend the best apps to you. Promoters and ad networks pay Betternet for every recommended app that you install on your iOS or Android cell phone. You can do this voluntarily to help us provide you with the best possible user experience!"

  • The paying options work well but are limited to developing the extension while there are many devices that do not benefit. Try and use a DNS that offers an extension included in a more complete package like Blockless.

  • Some extensions are not based on DNS. Those based on VPN are inconvenient because they are slower than DNS and the whole browser is subject to the VPN. But Browser based VPN are limited to the browser itself. This means that the VPN will only work for connections established in the browser and not system-wide

This why we recommend you subscribe to Unblock-US which for a low fee lets you access Netflix USA in total security, with efficient DNS and the possibility of watching other channels (Amazon Prime, Hulu, BBC, MTV, HBO) and US sports channels (NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS) without blackouts

Only $4.99 a month, or $49.90 a year!

Many devices as you wish, as long as they are on the same network, using one subscription

No software to install - The service will work immediately

They offer a 7-day free trial without requiring any credit card information, just an email address

Netflix region switching with 21 regions - Access all the Netflix catalogues in the world, wherever you come from!

SmartVPN (Alternative way of connecting to DNS) - If the ISP doesn't allow you to use other DNS servers than its own then Unblock-US offers a VPN (PPTP) to replace its SmartDNS.

The following list indicates the type of extension: DNS, Proxy or VPN. Our default for the tests was Chrome.

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  • Blockless extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based DNS

  • $4.95 a month, or $45.95 a year

  • FREE trial: 7 days of streaming access

  • Extension for Chrome

  • Netflix region switching: 21

  • Access to over 200 channels

DNS service (SmartDNS) Blockless has an extension for Chrome.

You just need to download it from Chrome's web store.

Once installed, you enter your login info (email and password). If you are not yet signed up to Blockless you can benefit from the 7 day free trial. You just need to add the DNS to your computer, restart the browser and the USA DNS should be activated.

Extra advantages for Blockless:

  • Netflix's regions are integrated into the extension. 21 regions on offer. So you can easily switch from one Netflix to another depending on the films available.
  • Blockless does not only offer an extension. It is a complete SmartDNS, multi-channels and multi-devices.

The Blockless extension is an ideal addition to its DNS service. Another way of unblocking Netflix from your browser.

  • ZenMate extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN addon (VPN functionality to the browser can use to improve your privacy and security)

  • ZenMate offre a free product and a Premium version: $8.99/mo

  • FREE trial: 7 days of Zenmate Premium

  • Extension for Firefox, Opera and Chrome

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites and services in the countries offered by Zenmate can be unblocked!

  • Netflix region switching: 4 available for the free version and 10 for the subscription deal

Zenmate has two versions:

  • Free with German servers, USA (Netflix, Pandora), Hong-Kong and Romania (for confidential surfing thanks to the new IP from the VPN)

  • Premium - trial period of 7 days for the Premium version which adds:

More servers (France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, USA West, Singapore), Faster speeds (turbo speed connection via premium servers), More devices (browser, desktop and mobile), Malware Blocking and Tracking Protection

Good service. In fact the server based in the US (run by Leasweb USA) does give you access to Netflix USA , but you should know that the service is based on a VPN so there are two inconvenient consequences if your aim is only unblock streaming content like Hulu, Pandora and Netflix. (Consider configuring Smart Locations that lets you link a service to a server. So I linked Netflix to the US server, so when I connect the server connects automatically):

  • Changing IP – your network connects to a US IP, via the browser where the extension is installed

  • All your navigation is done with this IP. This could be annoying when using sites like Yahoo, Paypal, Google accounts that have verification systems based on your usual IP. Your new IP is also used by hundreds of other people! Which is why you should use another browser for activities that don't need the IP changed.

Nevertheless, for people looking for the confidentiality and security afforded by a VPN then Zenmate is a good solution: they are NO LOGS, being based in Germany which has no rules about data retention. And the encryption level is good: AES 128

And to stay in the spirit of the VPN developers have added some extra options to go with the confidentiality and security: Blocking malware, Protection against tracking, NAT Firewall, Connexion Always-ON

  • MediaHint extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based DNS

  • $3.95 a month, or $39.50 a year

  • FREE trial: 7 days of streaming access

  • Extension for Firefox and Chrome

  • Only US Netflix

  • 47 channels

After signing up, installation is very clear: choice of extensions (Chrome or Firefox) or other devices: Windows, iOS, Mac, Androïd, SmartTV, Linux, Roku, iPad, Wii, Boxee, Routers (DD-WRT, Netgear, ...), .....

With Chrome the extension installs a simple button (manual DNS changing possible) which will modify your DNS once activated.

The service is simple but works well. I was able to watch Netflix USA without any problems. With the same DNS my BBC iplayer also worked wonderfully.

MediaHint fulfils the functions of a good DNS service.

  • ProxMate extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based Proxy

  • ProxMate is a free product

  • Donations through Paypal

  • Extension for Firefox, Opera and Chrome

  • Supported sites list: Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu

  • Only US Netflix

Proxmate's idea is quite clever. Download the extension. Then choose a packet that corresponds to the desired streaming content. So I picked the Netflix packet that worked perfectly. Some negative criticism but seems to be in the minority.

Be aware that the BBC iplayer packet needed a key obtained after a donation of 3 €

  • BrowSec extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN addon (VPN functionality to the browser can use to improve your privacy and security)

  • Browsec offre a free product and a Premium version: $4.99/mo

  • Extension for Chrome, iOS and Firefox Portable 

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites and services in the countries offered by BrowSec can be unblocked!

  • Netflix region switching: 4 available for the free version

Browsec offers exactly the same service as Zenmate without the options

A free offer based in Butch VPN servers: Netherlands, Singapore, United States, United kingdom

The paying version did not function properly so we couldn't give you a full review.

Get American Netflix with Browsec (Free version) is very easy. But don't forget that a VPN passes all of its traffic through the browser where the extension is installed. This is why Browsec propose a portable version of Firefox bundled with the Browsec extension at their download page. This is very useful so that you can run a dedicated Firefox browser just for Netflix while using another instance (Chrome par exemple) with your original IP address.

 

  • DotVPN extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN
  • (VPN functionality to the browser can use to improve your privacy and security)

  • DotVPN offre a free product and a Premium version: $4.99/mo - $29.99 for 1 year

  • FREE trial: 7 days of Premium access

  • Extension for Chrome

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites and services in the countries offered by DotVPN can be unblocked!

  • Netflix region switching: 12

DotVPN has a free version:

  • VPN servers in 12 countries including USA, Canada and UK
  • Options included in the Chrome extension: Bandwitch saver - AdBlockt - Tracking protection - Block analytics - Firewall - Connect on Start

The premium offer add this to its free version:

  • Best speed
  • Best encryption – their advertised level seems to us way above the current standard
  • 5 simultaneous devices

The free offer already has a lot going for it. The real difference is obvious when it comes to reliability. The free offer is a bit haphazard. The paying version is guaranteed to be reliable. But during our tests, Netflix USA always worked with the free offer.

Extension only for Chrome. We recommend two browsers:

  • With Chrome your activities linked to the VPN: Netflix, Streaming, surfing in total confidentiality
  • Firefox: your ISP IP for most common activities: inbox, bank account, paypal. All these sites have security measures based on your IP. Fraud detection is mostly based on identifying your IP address so we recommend using your home IP.
  • Betternet extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN (VPN functionality to the browser can use to improve your privacy and security)

  • Betternet is a free product

  • Extension for Firefox, iOS, Android and Chrome

  • Supported sites list: In theory all US websites geographically restricted

  • Only US Netflix

Free service that makes its money by offering other apps to installation

Only a US server, which was not a problem for us since we were prioritising services that accessed Netflix US.

I found the problem to be unblocking Netflix US, while connection speeds were very slow for everything else. Not reliable service!

  • MediaHint extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based Proxy

  • Freegate is a free product

  • Extension for Firefox, Opera and Chrome

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites that you add

Fri-Gate is a service based on Proxies. The extension (Chrome - Firefox - Opera) is simple to install but needs some prior knowledge and a configuration to unblock Netflix US.

The extension runs nearly 150 default sites that the proxy will work on. But Netflix is not on the list.

To add Netflix to Frigate:

  • Right-click on the Options button of the extension => Options
  • Set up a list of sites => Add list => Put Netflix
  • Click on Netflix =>  *.netflix.com => Add site
  • The site will be added to the 147 others

Then you only need to connect to the US server. The results were variable. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't!

Other servers are Russia, Holland, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

This service is not for beginners or those that want a ready-made system, but there are a lot of configurations and options. People that like tinkering will appreciate the Proxy-Chrome extension which offers other options like TOR.

  • MediaHint extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN (VPN functionality to the browser can use to improve your privacy and security)

  • TUNNELBEAR offre a free product and a Premium version: $6.99/mo - $49.99 for 1 year

  • Extension for Chrome

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites and services in the countries offered by TunnelBear can be unblocked!

  • Netflix region switching: 14

TunnelBear is known for its free VPN access in 14 countries including USA, UK and Canada.

This service is now available with a Chrome extension. TunnelBear Beta is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that provides you with access to TunnelBear's VPN network.

But is can be used for streaming services like Netflix US. You just need to download and activate the extension.

Note that there are limits:

  • Download data is restricted to 750Mb/month! An additional 1Gb of data is given away if you tweet at TunnelBear.
  • Streaming services like HULU do not work.

Prefer Unblock-US, it does not have any data caps.

  • JustUnblock extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based DNS

  • $4.99 a month, or $45.99 a year

  • FREE trial: 7 days of streaming access

  • Extension for Firefox and Chrome

  • Netflix region switching: Netflix USA, Netflix UK, Netflix Brazil and all the Netflix catalogues in the Nordic countries

  • Access to over 60 channels

JustUnblock is simple according to their site: sign up, install the extension (possibility of manual DNS installation) and watch.

But even on the free trial period, I was constantly redirected to the JustUnblock site even when I wanted to view my local version of Netflix. So instead of going to Netflix UK I was redirected to them. This doesn't happen if you are a paying customer.

Conclusion: disappointed, dysfunctional service. Their advertised free trial period does not actually work. But after paying a subscription Netflix USA was accessible from the UK.

JustUnblock is definitely not our favourite solution for American Netflix in the UK.

  • Hola extension download page via the Chrome Web Store here

  • Browser Based VPN Peer

  • Browsec offre a free product and a Premium version: $5/mo

  • Extension for Chrome, iOS and Firefox Portable 

  • Supported sites list: In theory, all the sites and services in the countries offered by Hola can be unblocked! (The list shown on the site is enormous)

  • Netflix region switching: 21 - In theory, since the IP on offer rarely corresponds to a US one!

Many people have used and criticised this service. Rightly so, since the system is based on a P2P (VPN Peer) where each free user shares their IP and bandwidth (sold to another service!). This is how Hola makes its free service profitable.

HOLA has been roundly condemned when its system was involved in:

  • Hola used for DDoS Attack on 8Chan (when users understood the VPN P2P method)
  • Used IPs as exit nodes for TOR

We were most disappointed because a paying version exists based on the absence of P2P (VPN Peer). Their sales argument is basically that if you do not want to be a peer, then you have to pay up!

A typical service that we disapprove of (before installing the extension for Chrome, Hola had us download another programme!) which just reinforces our support of Unblock-US: an honest, clear and functional service.

Netflix US works with Unblock-US but not with Hola !

 

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