Welcome to our review of Unlocator Smart DNS service used to unblock online streaming services.
The Smart DNS (Domain Name Service) technology is relatively new to the world. It is almost similar to VPN technology in terms of unblocking geographically restricted content.
It allows you to bypass regional restrictions imposed by online content providers which do not serve their content to users outside of certain regions.
Unlocator therefore helps you to consume your favorite online streaming videos and other media services on sites such as Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video, ABC, NBC, NBA League Pass, NHL etc from anywhere in the world.
How Unlocator Works
This technology works by re-routing the user’s Internet traffic through another server in the world thereby hiding the user’s true location.
1) Without Unlocator
For example, have a look at the picture above which shows a scenario without using Unlocator.
Assume you are located in Europe (or other part of the world) and you want to access online content which is allowed only for people living in the USA.
The online streaming service will detect your actual IP address and figure out that you are not located in USA, therefore your request for access will be blocked.
2) Using Unlocator Smart DNS or Smart VPN
Now, if using this unblocking service, you can easily bypass this geographic restriction.
Your traffic originating from your device (computer, smartphone, home network etc) will be re-routed to an intermediary proxy server located in USA (or in other locations accordingly) thus the online streaming service will see your access request as coming from a non-restricted region. Therefore your access will be allowed.
Moreover, have in mind also that only traffic destined to the supported online streaming channels will pass through the intermediate proxy servers. All other traffic from your device (e.g communication with your bank etc) will NOT pass through the Unlocator servers but will go straight to the website.
Overview of the Service
Unlocator is a Danish smart DNS and VPN provider. Their smart DNS service runs by Linkwork ApS.
This service was launched into the market in 2013 but although is relatively new it gained a lot of popularity because it’s very functional and trusted.
The smart DNS service is very reliable and easy to use. To improve efficiency and flexibility of the service, they also provide you with access to their smart VPN service. This is very useful in accessing restricted content especially if you are on the move or in places where they don’t allow you to change your DNS settings (e.g in Airports or hotels).
Furthermore the complementary smart VPN service helps you unlock geographically restricted content even though you might be a victim of DNS hijacking.
What makes the Unlocator smart DNS service reliable is its vast content that it has unblocked.
So far the service has unblocked over 219 channels in 24 countries worldwide. This is by far the most content that has ever been bypassed by a smart DNS service provider.
Their list of unblocked channels ranges from the big name channels to the less common ones. Using this smart DNS service you can stream content on Hulu, Amazon, ABC, Disney Channel, Bein Sport, CBS, Comedy Central and so much more.
They have beautifully categorized these channels on their website and have also stated the channels that can be streamed with no subscription.
- 7-day Trial. Create an account here and test the service for free without a credit card.
- This smart DNS service is also compatible with many devices. This is very important because more people worldwide can access the service. It is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Google TV, Kindle Fire, iOS operating systems, Windows operating systems, Sony Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, Toshiba Smart TV, Mac OS, Samsung Smart TV, Sharp Smart TV, NOW TV Box, Wii, Wii U, Xbox one and Xbox 360.
- It doesn’t require special software to use it because all you need to do is change the DNS settings on your device which is something really easy and available on all devices.
- In a bid to edge out competition Unlocator designed this DNS service to work at optimum speed levels. Unlike VPN service providers, Unlocator has absolutely no speed loss. This gives the users the chance to stream content with no glitches. Its blazing speeds make it one of the best platforms to use. Its performance is also exceptional.
- It is easy to use and also comes with a remote desktop support. This is to help users who might have major problems when it comes to using the service. This support system receives and replies to queries really fast and the staff who you interact with are very kind and resourceful.
- Another amazing advantage of Unlocator is its wonderfully easy signing up process. All that is required is just an email address and a password. This will take you less than 2 minutes to create an account. Depending on your client per-se you will have to change the DNS settings manually but there are extensive instructions on their website for this.
- You can easily change your region inside the website to suit your preference. There are also set up guides that come with the platform that make it easy to use. Most notably, it comes with a 7-day trial for first time users.
Despite all these pros about this product, it also comes with a few short-comings.
The biggest con of the service is that it does not unblock Netflix which is a very popular media service. Most users expect unblocking services to be able to bypass and unblock the big four channels when it comes to streaming content online. It has been able to unblock Hulu, Amazon and BBC iPlayer but sadly not Netflix. This is a disappointment for most users even though the smart DNS has been able to unblock many other channels.
Moreover, like all other DNS unblocking services, your traffic is not encrypted when passing over the Internet. This is not always a bad thing since you just need this unblocking service to watch streaming services and not for performing transactions that require high-level of security and encryption.
This might be a turn-off for people who are sensitive about their online privacy but on the other hand, the absence of encryption makes the service faster (encryption slows down traffic flow).
The pricing for the Unlocator smart DNS service is very commendable. It comes with three different pricing plans as shown below.
- A 12-month subscription would cost you $49.95
- A 6-month subscription would cost you $27.50
- A monthly subscription will cost you $4.95
Unlocator supports various payment options. You can pay through Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, PayPal and Bitcoin.
Regardless of some cons about this product, it is still the best you can find out there. Especially if you are not interested to watch Netflix movies, it has remarkable global network presence and gives you access to over 219 channels.
I hope you’ve found this Unlocator review helpful. I would recommend Unlocator smart DNS service to anyone looking for a good unblocking mechanism that will provide smooth and fast online streaming and a wide range of channels to access.