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#1 TranimeGirl

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 09:17 PM

I haven't used this to watch content from another country, nor tried - I've only used this to be able to watch netflix while using AirVPN for all my other traffic.

Rabbit.it - host a private room (or let everyone in, that's up to use). Netflix works fine this way.



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 09:50 AM

Hello!

 

That's a really ingenious solution!

 

On top of that, you can now access Netflix USA from all Air VPN servers except UK servers, provided that you use VPN DNS. Can you please test?

 

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:28 PM

We are told that Netfilx USA can be accessed provided that you use VPN DNS.

 

I have searched the AIRVPN site, but have not been able to find out how to set this up in Android with OpenVPN.

 

I have tried different config files, but without success. I am uneducated in the science of VPNs and would like to know how do we set this up in Android.

 

This may be a dumb question, but I am lost.



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:33 PM

Hello!

 

In Android, "OpenVPN for Android" and "openvpn-connect", as well as Eddie Android edition, are configured by default to accept the DNS push from the server, so the device will use VPN DNS. However it remains to be seen whether the Netflix application will bypass maliciously the system settings to send queries directly to a specific DNS and prevent the usage. We will investigate.

 

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#5 Petanquer

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:58 PM

Thanks. I am getting a Proxy Detected message, if that helps.



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 05:16 PM

I'm using eddie for android and accessing Netflix US works great with Airvpn US servers, and just a note with BBC Iplayer Asterope server works 100%

 

 

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 05:56 PM

I'm using eddie for android and accessing Netflix US works great with Airvpn US servers, and just a note with BBC Iplayer Asterope server works 100%

 

 

Cheers

Thanks for your input.

I tried Eddie for Android with a config file for AirVPN US servers, and I could see the Netflix US content, but it wouldn't play because it said I was using a blocker or proxy. Maybe I'm doing the config file incorrectly.  I can also see the Netflix US content when I use the OpenVPN Client, but it won't play.



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 06:36 PM

Rabbit.it - host a private room (or let everyone in, that's up to use). Netflix works fine this way.

 

This link leads to an Italian site about rabbits - quite nice, but I think you meant https://www.rabb.it/.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 09:15 AM

Rabbit.it - host a private room (or let everyone in, that's up to use). Netflix works fine this way.

 

This link leads to an Italian site about rabbits - quite nice, but I think you meant https://www.rabb.it/.

 

 

A site about rabbits is fantastic, too bad i can't read italian.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 05:23 PM

Hello!
 
On top of that, you can now access Netflix USA from all Air VPN servers except UK servers, provided that you use VPN DNS. Can you please test?
 


I just tried connecting to the “north America” pool and Netflix still blocks me. I’m based in North America, so works without VPN. I am using the VPN DNS.

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 05:24 PM

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#12 Petanquer

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 06:40 PM

I have been doing some experimenting, and Netflix American content works with AirVPN ok on my Android tablets, and on my Windows 10 computer, but it does not work ok on my Android TV boxes. On the boxes, when I am connected to an AirVPN server, I can see the Netflix American content listings, but when I try to play something, I am blocked, saying I am using an unblocker or proxy. It seems odd that the problem is only on the Android TV boxes. I am using the same config files on both the tablets and the TV boxes.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 07:37 PM

I have been doing some experimenting, and Netflix American content works with AirVPN ok on my Android tablets, and on my Windows 10 computer, but it does not work ok on my Android TV boxes. On the boxes, when I am connected to an AirVPN server, I can see the Netflix American content listings, but when I try to play something, I am blocked, saying I am using an unblocker or proxy. It seems odd that the problem is only on the Android TV boxes. I am using the same config files on both the tablets and the TV boxes.

 

It works for my Shield (android) TV as I route it through a VPN tunnel on my pfsense box.  How is your VPN for Android TV setup? 

 

I think what happens is that Android TV allows apps to "hardcode" DNS (google), which means they'll use google DNS along with the DHCP DNS.

 

I think that's what trips alarms.  So, you must actively block any DNS other than AirVPN.

 

However, even though I actively block any other DNS my roku ultra Netflix was able to determine I'm on a VPN.  So, maybe they have other tricks.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 08:58 PM

So.... to add some useful information. On my GNU/Linux server I set up a complex system: briefly, AirVPN is always on but it's only used for torrenting, because I configured iptables and iprouting in such a way that, if a TCP/IP packet doesn't come from or to the process owned by the deluge user, it's processed by the common eth0 interface and therefore it uses my public common IP.

This means that, while browsing, I use my common IP. Nonetheless, since a few days Netflix (Italy) does not work if my tun0 interface is up and, precisely, it does not load the webpage at all. Odd enough, because Netflix should not be able to know that I'm using AirVPN, since AirVPN is not used for browsing and it's excluded from common Internet purposes other than torrenting.

Therefore, I suspect that some script from Netflix inspects the network interfaces active on the computer, regardless of the connection, and refuses to load if it finds VPN interfaces. This or some other wizardry by Netflix coders.

Anyway, it would be great if you could solve the issue. I wouldn't like to give up watching Netflix by my browser kiosk and be obliged to buy a Fire TV or some other device :(

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 09:14 PM

I have been doing some experimenting, and Netflix American content works with AirVPN ok on my Android tablets, and on my Windows 10 computer, but it does not work ok on my Android TV boxes. On the boxes, when I am connected to an AirVPN server, I can see the Netflix American content listings, but when I try to play something, I am blocked, saying I am using an unblocker or proxy. It seems odd that the problem is only on the Android TV boxes. I am using the same config files on both the tablets and the TV boxes.

 

It works for my Shield (android) TV as I route it through a VPN tunnel on my pfsense box.  How is your VPN for Android TV setup? 

 

I think what happens is that Android TV allows apps to "hardcode" DNS (google), which means they'll use google DNS along with the DHCP DNS.

 

I think that's what trips alarms.  So, you must actively block any DNS other than AirVPN.

 

However, even though I actively block any other DNS my roku ultra Netflix was able to determine I'm on a VPN.  So, maybe they have other tricks.

On Android I am using an AirVPN generated script with the OpenVPN Client Free on my tablets and my TV boxes, but Netflix only works on the tablets, even though the VPN is set up the same on all  of those devices. Strange behaviour. If as sarum4n says, Netflix has a script to detect network interfaces, then what is different between the tablets and the TV boxes. I am at a loss.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 09:17 PM

 

I have been doing some experimenting, and Netflix American content works with AirVPN ok on my Android tablets, and on my Windows 10 computer, but it does not work ok on my Android TV boxes. On the boxes, when I am connected to an AirVPN server, I can see the Netflix American content listings, but when I try to play something, I am blocked, saying I am using an unblocker or proxy. It seems odd that the problem is only on the Android TV boxes. I am using the same config files on both the tablets and the TV boxes.

 

It works for my Shield (android) TV as I route it through a VPN tunnel on my pfsense box.  How is your VPN for Android TV setup? 

 

I think what happens is that Android TV allows apps to "hardcode" DNS (google), which means they'll use google DNS along with the DHCP DNS.

 

I think that's what trips alarms.  So, you must actively block any DNS other than AirVPN.

 

However, even though I actively block any other DNS my roku ultra Netflix was able to determine I'm on a VPN.  So, maybe they have other tricks.

On Android I am using an AirVPN generated script with the OpenVPN Client Free on my tablets and my TV boxes, but Netflix only works on the tablets, even though the VPN is set up the same on all  of those devices. Strange behaviour. If as sarum4n says, Netflix has a script to detect network interfaces, then what is different between the tablets and the TV boxes. I am at a loss.

 

Well, I'm not surprised that Android TV behavior is different from Android tablet.  It could still be the DNS problem as I hypothesized. 



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 10:25 PM

I tried to set up the DNS using a primary DNS 10.4.0.1 and secondary DNS 0.0.0.0 and adapting the instructions on this site:

https://www.cactusvpn.com/tutorials/how-to-set-up-smart-dns-on-android-tv-box/

My WIFI still worked but when I tried to connect to an AirVPN server, the openVPN client could not resolve the host. This web site might be on the right track, but I am just not using the right numbers.



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 10:50 PM

I tried to set up the DNS using a primary DNS 10.4.0.1 and secondary DNS 0.0.0.0 and adapting the instructions on this site:

https://www.cactusvpn.com/tutorials/how-to-set-up-smart-dns-on-android-tv-box/

My WIFI still worked but when I tried to connect to an AirVPN server, the openVPN client could not resolve the host. This web site might be on the right track, but I am just not using the right numbers.

 

Change your openvpn configs to use resolved hosts, not domain name.  Thus, no need to resolve the host to connect to VPN server.  If you can just edit your config all you have to do is change from domain name to IP address.

 

Pick your favorite server and resolve it.   For example, nslookup ran.airservers.org = 199.249.230.26



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Posted 30 July 2018 - 12:05 AM

Holy shit it works hahaha! Im on Merope and watching Real Genius as I type!! YAAAAAAAS! No more having to switch to my TV app to watch it haha.



#20 Petanquer

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 12:05 AM

I tried to set up the DNS using a primary DNS 10.4.0.1 and secondary DNS 0.0.0.0 and adapting the instructions on this site:

https://www.cactusvpn.com/tutorials/how-to-set-up-smart-dns-on-android-tv-box/

My WIFI still worked but when I tried to connect to an AirVPN server, the openVPN client could not resolve the host. This web site might be on the right track, but I am just not using the right numbers.

Change your openvpn configs to use resolved hosts, not domain name.  Thus, no need to resolve the host to connect to VPN server.  If you can just edit your config all you have to do is change from domain name to IP address.

 

Pick your favorite server and resolve it.   For example, nslookup ran.airservers.org = 199.249.230.26

Thanks for the advice, but when I try to edit the config in the OpenVPN Client, I don't see anything that remotely looks to me what you are suggesting. I've also tried to edit the config in a text editor, and still don't see an option like that. For now if I want to watch Netflix USA on the TV I will have to hook up my laptop using a HDMI cable. Not convenient, but it works. 







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