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I've noticed that the number of public WiFi operators making AirVPN unuseable is increasing. To be honest, I don't think it is specifically AirVPN being targeted. I can establish an outbound tunnel quickly and easily, but am then unable to connect to anything via the tunnel. When I look at the stats, the packet counters just stop incrementing. So far I've seen this behaviour with:

  • BT WiFi (any flavour) - Never worked
  • O2 WiFi (certain branded outlets, including Sainsbury, Asda)
  • The Cloud (just started recently).

Other providers (including my home broadband, guest wireless at work and (I think) IKEA) work fine so I think the config which comes directly from OpenVPN anyway is OK.


Are they likely to be inspecting the traffic and discarding it because it's encrypted, or can it be resolved by reducing frame size, and/or using a different AirVPN transport?

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