Best VPN and DNS still working for American Netflix

This page was updated on January 24, 2017

(I am in China, the time zone here is UTC + 8:00)

Here are today's top recommended VPN and DNS for USA Netflix. The top 3 were tested and confirmed working for US Netflix today (January 24, 2017).

ExpressVPN
#1 Top Recommendation

VyprVPN
#2 Top Recommendation

StrongVPN

#3 Top

Recommendation

  Monthly Price
(paid annually)

$8.33 

$5

Promo - 40% Off

(billed $59.99 for the first year, $99.99 thereafter)

$5.83
$4.95
Promo - 15% Off

(billed $59.49 for the first year, $69.99 thereafter)

Monthly Price
(paid monthly)
 $12.95

$15
$7.50
50% off 1st Month

(billed $7.50 for the first month, $14.99 thereafter)

$10
$8.50
15% off 1st Month

(billed $8.50 for the first month, $10 thereafter)

USA NetflixYesYesYes
 Other Working
Netflix Regions
Canada
United Kingdom (UK)
NoCanada
United Kingdom (UK)
Germany
Netherlands
 VPNYesYesYes
 Smart DNSYes
(All devices, US Netflix only)
No
(No Smart DNS service)
No
(StrongDNS is browser-only for Netflix)
Recommended for Torrenting**YesNoYes
US Netflix
Streaming Speed
 US Netflix
Reliability
Quality of Apps
Money Back Guarantee (MGB)

30 day MBG


30 day MBG


5 day MBG
Max Simultaneous Connections 3 3 2

** I do not recommend doing anything illegal. Make sure you obey copyright laws. VyprVPN will not give your information to the complaining party but they will ban your account if enough violation notices are received. The IP address assigned by VyprVPN when you connect is not shared with anyone else at the same time which is great for Netflix but not good for anonymity when torrenting.

How to get Netflix on Every Device


My top recommendations always support US Netflix for all devices. Here is a summary of the different methods to get US Netflix on common devices.


ExpressVPN  VyprVPN StrongVPN
 Computer- DNS on device
- DNS on router
- VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 - VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
- DNS on device
- DNS on router
- VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
iPhone / iPad- DNS on device
- DNS on router
- VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 - VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 - VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 Android Phone / Tablet- DNS on device
 - DNS on router
- VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 - VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
 - VPN App
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
PS 3 /  PS4
Xbox 360 / Xbox One
 - DNS on device
- DNS on router
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
 Apple TV - DNS on device
- DNS on router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
 - VPN router
Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
 Roku - DNS on router + static routes
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
 Chromecast - DNS on router + static routes
- VPN router
- Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router
- VPN router
Virtual VPN router

Are you in China?


This page is written for an international audience. If you are in China and need a VPN for Netflix then ExpressVPN and VyprVPN are the best options. StrongVPN USA servers for Netflix don't work very well in China, the servers that work good in China are Hong Kong (China Telecom) and Singapore (China Unicom). Torguard doesn't work very well from China in general (all servers). When testing StrongVPN and Torguard for Netflix, I usually connect through a second VPN with good China routing running on a VPN router.


Latest Updates

January 8, 2017 Update - I didn't bring any routers to Canada with me so I was not able to watch US Netflix on my Roku (main router from ISP here doesn't allow static routes). I found an old D-link DIR-601 in my dad's basement and hooked it up as a second router off the main ISP router. Static routes don't work on some D-link routers (such as this one) because it only allows you to choose WAN instead of LAN. Luckily, I found another solution called Access Control. I now have it set up with access control to block Google DNS and it's working great for USA Netflix on my Roku with ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS.


December 30, 2016 Update - Last night I did some streaming speed tests with the top recommended VPNs for Netflix. Check the results at the bottom of the page.


December 29, 2016 Update - StrongVPN is having a sale for 40% off all plans. Valid until January 11, 2017! StrongVPN is also now offering StrongDNS free with all StrongVPN subscriptions. However, StrongDNS (like most other DNS services), only works for Netflix in Windows or Mac web browsers. If you need DNS for Apple TV, PS4, mobile devices, etc then the best choice is ExpressVPN Media Streamer DNS which is included free with all ExpressVPN subscriptions.


December 3, 2016 Update - The top 3 recommendations ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, and StrongVPN have all been very reliable recently. No problems at all, I don't even remember the last time I saw the proxy error. These 3 VPNs are very reliable for US Netflix. I have now been testing Torguard  for almost 1 month now and no problems so far with Canadian and US Netflix using my Canadian and US dedicated streaming IPs. Get a 50% lifetime discount here (including the dedicated streaming IPs which are required for Netflix with Torguard).


November 7, 2016 Update - I just tried Torguard for the first time yesterday. They use dedicated streaming IP addresses for Netflix which are available for an additional $8/month $4/month (50% lifetime recurring discount for both VPN and streaming IP). Dedicated streaming IP addresses are available for US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, and Italy.


Tip - The dedicated IP addresses are not refundable so it's recommend to only pay monthly for the dedicated IP even if you pay for 1 year of the VPN. Ask support for monthly billing on the dedicated IP.


ExpressVPN is working for UK Netflix as well as US Netflix. I started watching Series 9 of Peep Show available on UK Netflix. It's a very funny show, I really enjoy it. Contact ExpressVPN by live chat to get the working server location for UK Netflix.

If you are a Reddit user come join my new sub r/NetflixVPN. I am going to be posting some tips and guides on there soon that will be posted there exclusively! Feel free to post any questions you have there as well.

How to bypass the proxy error


If you are using an iOS or Android device, make sure that location services are turned off. Otherwise, the Netflix app will detect your real location and you will get the proxy error.


Besides turning off location services, there are no special instructions for StrongVPN and ExpressVPN, just connect to the right server locations and it should work the first time. To get the supported server locations for ExpressVPN you can contact ExpressVPN by live chat. For StrongVPN you can log into their website and submit a support ticket.


VyprVPN, on the other hand, works differently. You can generally use any US server location but sometimes you may need to re-connect and get a new IP address if you get the proxy error. VyprVPN is an extremely reliable VPN for US Netflix, it even keeps working when Netflix cracks down hard and everyone else gets blocked (last time this happened was August 2016). You can always find a working server if you follow these instructions.


  • If you get a proxy error then close your browser window or exit the app from memory (For Android open app switcher and swipe the Netflix app off the screen, for iOS double tap the home button and then select the Netflix app icon to close it). Remember to also disable locations services on iOS and Android.
  • Now just disconnect from the VPN and then re-connect. You don't need to change server locations, you can get working servers from all US locations as far as I know. All of the ones I have ever tried anyway.
  • Restart the app/browser/device and try again.
  • Repeat until it works.

Tip If you have trouble finding a working server, try changing server locations or change the protocol to Chameleon in the App settings (available in all apps except iOS). The speed of Chameleon is slower than OpenVPN due to the extra encryption, only use it if you need to. Recently, I don't have any problems getting a working server with OpenVPN using VyprVPN, usually on the first try. Just remember that Chameleon is there if you need it. For example, if Netflix starts cracking down strongly again, then you may need it. Right now, it's not necessary.


Here is a video showing you how exactly how to bypass the proxy error with VyprVPN. When I made this video, it was more difficult to find a working server with OpenVPN, but now it's easier. You can follow the same instructions but you shouldn't need to use Chameleon anymore.


#1 Top VPN for Netflix - ExpressVPN

The biggest advantage of ExpressVPN is the MediaStreamer DNS which unlike other DNS services works on all devices for American (USA) Netflix, not only in the browser! If you are looking for the easiest way to get American Netflix on PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV, etc then ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS is the answer!


Remember that DNS is not as stable as VPN and some devices require static routes in your router for DNS to work. In my experience Apple TV and PS4 do not require static routes but Roku and Chromecast require them.


Another big advantage of ExpressVPN is their excellent customer service. They have 24/7 live chat available on their website and they will help you right away if you have any problems with Netflix. VyprVPN on the other hand is less helpful. Instead of directly giving you the solutions they will just refer you to a few blog posts and tell you that they can't offer further assistance. However you shouldn't have any problems if you follow the above instructions.


Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days and see for yourself how good it works with Netflix. The 30 day unconditional money back guarantee applies to all plans. You can cancel within 30 days regardless of whether you sign up for 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year. Sign up for 1 year and save 35%. The 30 day money back guarantee is completely unconditional, you can cancel for any reason. Actually you don't even need to give a reason, just cancel it and get a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied.


If you you don't have a Netflix account then you can also get a free 30 day trial of Netflix. Why not try both Netflix and ExpressVPN risk-free at the same time for 30 days? You have nothing to lose and countless hours of good entertainment to gain.


ExpressVPN has 24/7 live chat


If you have any questions about ExpressVPN you can go to their website right now and ask them! They will answer your questions immediately. Anyone can use the live chat, you don't need to be an existing customer to chat with them.


ExpressVPN has a new Router App!


ExpressVPN recently introduced an App for routers. So far it's only supported on 3 models of Linksys routers. Linksys WRT1200AC, Linksys WRT1900AC, and Linksys WRT 1900ACS. If you have one of these 3 routers then I highly recommend the ExpressVPN router App. This will enable you to use the VPN on any deviceYou can find these routers for sale on Amazon in most countries.


#2 Top VPN for Netflix - VyprVPN

VyprVPN seems to be the only service that keeps working when everyone else is blocked. Each time you connect to VyprVPN you are assigned a new IP address. They seem to have an endless supply of unblocked IPs for USA Netflix. Previously I thought that the working server locations kept changing but then I realized that I could get Netflix to work just by disconnecting and reconnecting to the same location. If you are having trouble getting US Netflix with VyprVPN just keep disconnecting and reconnecting until you get a working server. The Chameleon 256 protocol seems to have a higher success rate but I can also find working PPTP and OpenVPN servers by reconnecting a few times (January 2017 Update - It is now easier to get working server without using Chameleon).


So far I have never been unable to find a working server using VyprVPN Pro since I started testing around June 15, 2016.


I was recently in Canada and did a test with VyprVPN on my dd-wrt router using OpenVPN and ran it for 13 days straight. All devices were working for US Netflix and the steaming speed was excellent. The videos always started up fast and in HD immediately on my browser, Android phone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. I did not need to change servers or restart the router once over the 13 days. I had to stop the test after 13 days because I came back to China and brought the router with me.


The VyprVPN Apps on my computer, Android, and iPad are working great too!


The biggest disadvantage of VyprVPN is the lack of a DNS service for unblocking Netflix without a VPN. ExpressVPN (VPN+DNS) is the top recommendation if you are looking for a DNS option.


Special offers for VyprVPN


I have 2 special offers available for VyprVPN. These special offers are in addition to the 30 day money back guarantee. If you cancel the service within the first 30 days then you will be fully refunded.



Offer #1 - Monthly - 50% off first month + 30 day MBG

VyprVPN Pro only $99.99 $59.99 for a whole year! This offer will only be available until the end of January, 2017.


Go to VyprVPN now and get 40% off 1 year VyprVPN Pro and a 30 day money back guarantee!

VyprVPN Basic vs VyprVPN Pro

Update - Since Apple removed PPTP from iOS and MacOS, VyprVPN is now including L2TP in addition to PPTP for the basic plan.


The main difference is that VyprVPN Basic allows 2 simultaneous connections and only PPTP connections are supported. VyprVPN Pro allows 3 simultaneous connections with any protocol (PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, and Chameleon). There is one more package called VyprVPN Premier which is the same as VyprVPN Pro but allows 5 simultaneous connections.


The Chameleon 256 protocol available with the VyprVPN Pro package is the most reliable for Netflix. 

Warning - If you are in China then I don't currently recommend recommend VyprVPN unless you only need a VPN for Netflix. For non-Netflix VPN use I prefer low latency Asian servers and VyprVPN's Asian servers are not working very well when connecting from China Telecom right now. Check this page if you are looking for the best VPN to use in China.


If you prefer a 3 day free trial instead of a 30 day money back guarantee with the above offers then use this link instead.



#3 Top VPN for Netflix - StrongVPN

LIMITED TIME PROMOTION - Get 15% off StrongVPN annual plan. Only $4.95 per month!


The streaming speed of StrongVPN is not as fast as VyprVPN or ExpressVPN for me but it does seem to fairly reliable for US Netflix. In addition to USA Netflix some other locations are such as UK Netflix are supported from time to time. Contact StrongVPN support to get the supported regions and working server locations.


If you prefer DNS then you can also try StrongDNS which is sold separately. StrongDNS is only $5 per month and comes with a 7 day money back guarantee.


Warning - The money back guarantee period is only 5 days for StrongVPN and 7 days for StrongDNS so you don't have much time to test these services. ExpressVPN and VyprVPN both offer 30 day money back guarantees.


Prices for StrongVPN


$10 per month


$69.99 per year


Prices for StrongDNS





#4 Top VPN for Netflix - Ironsocket

September 25, 2016 Update - Ironsocket is currently working for USA Netflix and several other regions however it is "browser only". They are working on a solution for other devices. For now you can enjoy USA Netflix and about 10 other regions in your browser. The regions besides USA that are working sometimes change. Contact Ironsocket directly to get the list of currently working regions.


Ironsocket is much cheaper than ExpressVPN and VyprVPN but you get what you pay for. When Netflix cracks down they tend to be offline the longest. Other providers come up with a fix usually within 24 hours while Ironsocket might be down for a week.


They don't have any dedicated apps for their VPN, not even for Windows. You can only connect by setting up the VPN manually in your operating system or using third party software such as OpenConnect. I don't recommend it as a good VPN unless you are an advanced VPN user and feel comfortable doing manual VPN connections. If you're just looking for a Smart DNS to watch Netflix and the other options are too expensive for you then Ironsocket is definitely worth a try.


They offer both DNS and VPN included with all packages. Their prices are very reasonable, only $6.99/mo, $35.95/6 mo, or $49.95/year.


LIMITED TIME Special Offer for Ironsocket


Get a 30% off coupon code here and try it risk-free for 7 days if you pay with PayPal or credit card


Use this link and save an additional 30% off their already very low prices.


This discount is only valid for your first billing cycle. If you pay monthly you will only get 30% off your first month. Therefore it's recommended to sign up for 1 year to maximize your savings. One year will only cost you $49.95 $34.96. Of course you are taking a risk by buying a whole year because this service or any other service is not guaranteed to keep working for Netflix forever. I still recommend 1 year because all you have to lose is $34.96. If you use ExpressVPN or VyprVPN for 3 months you have already spent more than this.


The money back guarantee is only 7 days and unlike the unconditional money back guarantees of ExpressVPN and VyprVPN there is one condition. You must pay by PayPal or credit card to be eligible for the 7 day money back guarantee. If you pay by gift card or bitcoin then there is no money back guarantee. See the below screenshot from the Ironsocket website for the full details.

New Orders We offer service subscription plans of varying periods of time.  Orders become valid (and services commence) upon our receipt of your initial payment.  We offer a conditional 7-day, money back guarantee for subscriptions paid for using PayPal and/or credit card payment processing services. We do NOT OFFER a money back guarantee if you purchase our services using a gift card or if you pay by Bitcoin. Should you request a refund of your subscription fee within 7 days of subscribing to our services (as confirmed by our payment records), and you purchased our services using PayPal and/or credit card payment processing services, we will refund the amount paid in full.

 

#5 Top VPN for Netflix - NordVPN


January 2017 Update - Although it's not my favorite VPN to use, NordVPN does also work for US Netflix. At first, I had big problems with NordVPN. I lost all connectivity to the internet 30 seconds after connecting to any server, if I had network connectivity at all. I thought the problem was due to being in China but then I had the some problem in Canada. I used the live chat and I was waiting for around 10 minutes before being connected and after over 1 hour of chatting, the problem could not be solved. Eventually, I solved the problem by un-installing many programs from my computer. I don't know which program was interfering with NordVPN and causing this strange behavior, but it does work now. I am slowly re-installing all the programs that I uninstalled and checking if NordVPN still works. If I find out which program was interfering, I will update this page.


I tested NordVPN on my Windows 7 computer, Android phone, and Roku via Virtual VPN router on my Windows 7 computer. It was working on all these devices but the streaming speed was not great.


NordVPN 3 Day Free Trial


NordVPN is available with a free 3 day trial.


Step 1 - Go to NordVPN and sign up for any plan.


Step 2 - Select Bitcoin as your payment method when you check out and then click the Buy Now button but don't make any payment.


Step 3 - Go to this page and register for your free account using the email address that you signed up with in step 1.


The prices are $11.95/mo, $42/6 mo, or $69/year. Use the coupon code 70off for the annual plan.


Netflix for Apple TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, etc


The easiest and most convenient solution for these devices is ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS (included with all ExpressVPN subscriptions). It's the only DNS available that is reliable and consistent for USA Netflix on all devices. Some devices may require static routes while others do not. In my experience I have never needed static routes with Apple TV or PS4 but I require them for Roku and Chromecast.


Here are some other solutions to use a VPN on all devices. I have tested these solutions and confirm they are all working with all of my top 3 recommended VPNs for US Netflix - ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, and StrongVPN.


Solution #1 - Virtual VPN Router (Hotspot)


Simply follow these instructions to set up your computer to share your VPN connection with your Apple TV, Smart TV, PS4, etc via WIFI hotspot using free software! If you prefer a tutorial video for setting up a virtual VPN router, watch it below.

Solution #2 - VPN Router


Recommended routers for the ExpressVPN Router App - Linksys WRT1200AC, Linksys WRT1900AC, and Linksys WRT 1900ACS.


Recommended routers for the VyprVPN Router App - Any router that can flash Tomato firmware.


If you don't use the above router apps then you can set up any VPN using the OpenVPN client of Tomato or DD-WRT firmware.


Solution #3 - Apple AirPlay (Apple TV only)


Another VPN solution for Apple TV to use a VPN with the Netflix App on your iPhone or iPad and then use AirPlay Mirroring to share your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a US Netflix account to watch US Netflix with a VPN?


No, any Netflix account will work, it doesn't matter country or region you signed up in. Netflix shows you the library of the country you are connecting from, it doesn't matter which country your account is from. In fact, you can save money by signing up from a country that has a cheaper subscription fee. For example, Canadian Netflix costs $9.99 Canadian Dollars (~ USD $7.50) per month for the standard package while USA Netflix costs $9.99 US Dollars for the same package.


Will Netflix ban my account if they detect I am using a VPN?


Theoretically, Netflix could ban your account for violating the terms of service but in reality they don't do this. There is not one single reported case of Netflix banning anyone's account for using a VPN. Instead, they will just show you the proxy error and let you try again. If they were banning accounts, mine would be the first to be banned. I am always connecting from different VPNs, multiple times in the same day. I will sometimes connect to 10 different VPN servers without even finishing a complete TV show or movie. Keep in mind that Netflix is a company and their goal is to make money. Banning accounts means they will lose money, so it's highly unlikely they will ever do this.


Are there any free VPNs that work for Netflix?


Unfortunately, there are none. It costs money to fight the Netflix blocking efforts, most paid VPN providers cannot even provide reliable access, a free VPN service has no chance. Furthermore, many of these free VPNs will log your browsing, sell your personal information to third parties, or even worse things. You must ask yourself why any company would offer you a VPN for free when the underlying service costs money to provide. Having said that, there are a few options for free trials. Follow this link to get a free 3-day trial from VyprVPN or check the details here for a free 3-day trial from NordVPN.


Do your top recommended VPNs work for other streaming services or only Netflix?


All of my top recommended VPNs will also work for other streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, Hulu, HBO Now, HBO Go, Sky Go, ITV Player, and many more. Just connect to any server location in the correct country to match the service you are trying to stream. Unlike Netflix, there are no special instructions or special server locations to use.

Netflix VPN for non-US regions


Recently, I have added other supported regions to the comparison table at the top of the page. I don't test these regions every day as I do for US Netflix so please let me know if there are any errors in that table. Ironsocket and NordVPN, although not as reliable for US Netflix as my top recommendations, do support a greater number of Netflix regions.


Another option for reliable US and non-US Netflix is TorGuard with a dedicated streaming IP address. You will need to buy a dedicated streaming IP address for each region that you want. Dedicated streaming IPs are available for US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, and Italy. Netflix will not work in any region with the shared IP servers from TorGuard, you must buy a streaming dedicated IP (one per Netflix region). You can use the 50% discount here for both TorGuard VPN package and the dedicated streaming IPs.

Tips for iOS and Android Apps


First of all make sure that you are using a VPN that works with all devices, some will only work in a browser. VyprVPN and ExpressVPN are my top recommendations and work on all devices.


If you are using an mobile device or tablet (iPad, iPhone, Android phone, etc) with the Netflix App then you must turn off location services. If your device has a SIM card you may also need to put the device in airplane mode and then turn on WIFI.


Always exit the browser window or app after you have changed VPN servers. It's not normally required to clear browser cookies or clear the app data. If you get the proxy detected error it's recommended to just change server locations (or connect again to the same location in the case of VyprVPN). In my experience clearing cookies or reinstalling the app never solves the problem, it's just a waste of time.


Static Routes for Smart DNS


Some of Netflix apps for some devices have hard coded DNS servers and will not work with Smart DNS services unless you set static routes in your router. In my experience Roku and Chromecast require these static routes while most other devices do not. If your router does not allow you to set static routes then it's recommended to use Apple TV or buy another router (or use a VPN instead of DNS).


This does not apply to VPN connections, only DNS. VPN connections do not require this.


Set the following static route settings in your router. If you have an option for WAN or LAN, you must choose LAN. If you have an option for metric, enter 2.


Destination IP: 8.8.8.8

Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 8.8.4.4

Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.255

Gateway: your router IP.


Normally you only need the above 2 static routes but if that doesn't work you can also try adding the following static routes.


Destination IP: 108.175.32.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.240.0

Gateway: your router IP

Destination IP: 23.246.0.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.192.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 45.57.0.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 185.2.220.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.252.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 198.38.96.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.224.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 198.45.48.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.240.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 64.120.128.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 64.197.128.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0

Gateway: your router IP


Destination IP: 37.77.184.0

Subnet Mask: 255.255.248.0

Gateway: your router IP


I am using an old TP-LINK router connected as subnet of my main router for testing Smart DNS. Here is a screenshot showing my setup. My router IP (default gateway) is 192.168.20.1 for this router. Yours is probably 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. If possible it's always better to use a VPN instead of DNS. VPN connections are immune to this hard coding of DNS tactic used by Netflix.

Static routes in router for Netflix on iOS and Android with Smart DNS

 

Static Routes Alternative for D-Link Routers


Recently, I found an old D-link DIR-601 router in my dad's basement and tried to set it up with ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS with static routes. However, the firmware does not have the option to set a static route on the LAN (only WAN option is available). Luckily, there is another solution. You can block Google DNS with Access Control instead. The stock firmware also supports D-Link's own free DDNS called D-Link DDNS which will be very useful for Smart DNS if you don't have a static IP address. This router is only worth around $20 and it's working very well for USA Netflix on my Roku. You can even flash dd-wrt on this router if you prefer to use a VPN although I wouldn't recommend it because the speed will be very slow running a VPN on a router with a 350Mhz CPU.


You can find the Access Control option under the Advanced Tab. Click the box to enable Access Control and then click the Add Policy button.

dlink access control location

Make the settings as shown below.

Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5

Static Routes Alternative for dd-wrt Flashed Routers


If you have a newer version of dd-wrt, there is an option available called "Forced DNS Redirection." This will force all DNS requests to go through your specified DNS servers. For Static DNS 3, you can enter 10.0.0.0 or another non-reachable address. Do not leave it as 0.0.0.0, otherwise it will use your ISP DNS as DNS 3 and you may get a proxy error if your ISP DNS replies faster than DNS 1 and DNS 2.

dd-wrt static routes alternative


Alternative Options - DNS Only


I don't recommend using a "DNS only" service because DNS is unstable and not likely to continue working in the long term. You really should be using a VPN or at least using a DNS from a service such as ExpressVPN that offers it with their VPN. That way at least you have something to fall back on if DNS stops working. Remember that there are solutions for using a VPN on any device.


If you still want a DNS only service here are a few recommendations.


DNS Only Option #1 - Unlocator


Unlocator offers a 7 day free trial. No credit card or payment information needed! Price is $4.95/mo.


January 2017 Update - Unlocator is no longer working for Netflix but works with other streaming services such as HBO, Hulu, etc. The best Unlocator alternative for Netflix is the MediaStreamer DNS from ExpressVPN. It works for USA Netflix on all devices.


DNS Only Option #2 - StrongDNS


Another standalone DNS service is StrongDNS. It works for Netflix in the browser only and supports several regions in addition to USA. Price is only $5/mo and they offer a 7 day free trial.


January 2017 Update - StrongVPN is now offering StrongDNS for free with all StrongVPN subscriptions. 

What is the Netflix "Streaming Error" (aka Proxy Error)?


If you are using a VPN, proxy, or smart DNS to unblock Netflix then you are probably familiar with the famous "Whoops, something went wrong..." message. Looks there is a streaming error. You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of those services and try again. For more help visit netflix.com/proxy.

Whoops, something went wrong... Netflix proxy VPN error message

The VPN services listed on this page are tested regularly from China (temporarily in Canada on vacation and testing from Canada) to ensure they are still working. China is one of the most difficult places to use a VPN so if these services work from China then they will work from anywhere. Whether you are in China, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, UK, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, or any other country outside of USA then you can use these services to watch the USA Netflix library.


If you find that you only get the Steaming Error for certain titles that is because you can still watch Netflix Originals even if Netflix detects that you are using a VPN. If you get the error when trying to watch a title that is not a Netflix Original that means your VPN is not working.

 

Netflix Streaming Speeds - ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN vs StrongVPN


If you have a slow internet connection, for example, 5 Mbps, then you will not notice much difference in speed between different VPNs. However, if you have fast internet, then this is where ExpressVPN and VyprVPN really show their high performance. The following test was done using a 100 Mbps internet connection in Canada. To measure Netflix streaming speeds, I used two methods. 


Method 1 - fast.com speed test powered by Netflix


This will test download speed from Netflix's servers. The tool is provided by Netflix for the purpose of checking if your ISP is throttling Netflix traffic. If your ISP is throttling Netflix traffic then you will get a slower speed on fast.com compared to speedtest.net or other speed tests. I find this tool is also very useful for testing Netflix streaming speeds with different VPNs, although this obviously is not the purpose intended by Netflix for providing this tool.

 

Without VPN - 89 Mbps

89Mbps streaming speed without VPN

VyprVPN Chameleon - 8.9 Mbps

VyprVPN Chameleon 8.9 Mbps streaming speed

StrongVPN OpenVPN - FAIL

Test failed
 

ExpressVPN OpenVPN - 51 Mbps

51Mbps streaming speed ExpressVPN OpenVPN

VyprVPN OpenVPN - 46 Mbps

VyprVPN OpenVPN 46 Mbps

StrongVPN OpenVPN - 2.5M

(speedtest.net test)

strongvpn download speed 2.48 Mbps

Method 2 - Actual Network Speed While Streaming Netflix


Using this method, I am checking the bandwidth graph in GlassWire software while actually playing a Netflix title.


Netflix streaming speed without VPN (Canadian Netflix) - 11 MB/S (88 Mbps) peak

no vpn bandwidth graph

Netflix streaming speed with ExpressVPN OpenVPN (US Netflix) - 11 MB/s (88 Mbps) peak

ExpressVPN Netflix streaming speed

Netflix streaming speed with VyprVPN Chameleon (US Netflix) - 3 MB/s (24 Mbps) peak

VyprVPN Chameleon streaming speed

Netflix streaming speed with VyprVPN OpenVPN (US Netflix) - 15 MB/s (120 Mbps) peak

vyprvpn openvpn streaming speed

Netflix streaming speed with StrongVPN OpenVPN (US Netflix) - 0.8 MB/s (6.4 Mbps) peak

strongvpn streaming speed

Conclusions


When streaming from a high speed internet connection without a VPN, Netflix will download the stream with high speed in the beginning until a healthy buffer is built up then it will slow down. The behavior with ExpressVPN OpenVPN and VyprVPN OpenVPN is almost the same as when not using a VPN. With VyprVPN Chameleon, the speed is much slower due to the higher encryption. I would only recommend using Chameleon if you are having trouble bypassing the proxy error with OpenVPN.


StrongVPN, on the other hand, is not as fast for Netflix streaming. It's fast enough to stream but not really high performance like ExpressVPN and VyprVPN.


Your results may vary from mine, the test results are for reference only.

Final Note


I don't encourage anyone to use any VPN service as a means of copyright circumvention. Please make sure to read the Terms of Service (TOS) of your VPN provider and the Netflix Terms of Use.