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I have had a problem with BBC iPlayer. When I was in France at the beginning of Sept I was blocked when using Airvpn, On returning to the UK on Sept 4, with the same server activated on my iPad, I could connect. However, that could be because you had fixed the issue as you posted Sept 5th. However, I did other tests with the iPlayer which I have just re-checked. I am in the UK. My iPad is connected to Europe, and my iMac to Switzerland. However I can reach iPlayer and play programmes on both devices. Why is BBC not blocking me? I have cleared all the bbc cookies from my browser. Can they see through the VPN to identify me as a UK based system? I have checked ipleak.net and that site does not detect a leak and I have used Eddie and Visocity. Do I have a cause for concern?
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wow, thats what i call a detailed answer. About as useful as a choccy fire grate unless you are as clever as the respondent thinks he is or then you have to go find out what micro routing is and die of boredom.

 

So the answer is you have no concern.

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I've never seen an explanation of what micro-routing actually is either. It would be nice if some one would explain it.

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I've never seen an explanation of what micro-routing actually is either. It would be nice if some one would explain it.

 

A poor word, to be honest. It's a feature designed to be able to view geo-restricted content without switching servers.

Say, you want to view BBC iPlayer and you are connected to Kitalpha in Switzerland. Now, viewing BBC would suggest you are viewing this site from Switzerland, but only UK residents are allowed to view it (geo-restricted to UK). To not make you reconnect to a UK server, your request will be rerouted through GB2, a rerouting server of AirVPN used only for this purpose.

 

You <---> Kitalpha, CH <---> GB2 <---> BBC

 

In the end, the request appears to have come from a UK IP, even if you connect to Mesarthim in Germany the next time, and Phoenicis in Romania the next day.


Four simple things:
There's a guide to AirVPN. Before you ask questions, take 30 minutes of your time to go through it.

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here. It's the fallback DNS.
Running TOR exits is discouraged. They're subject to restrictions on the internet and harm all AirVPN users.

Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. If you overdo privacy, you'll be unique among the mass again.

 

XMPP: gigan3rd@xmpp.airvpn.org or join our lounge@conference.xmpp.airvpn.org

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