Due to internet restrictions in effect today, you cannot always view a foreign television show or broadcast online, or listen to another region’s radio. The good news is that smart DNS companies offer the perfect solution for this: access, without reducing the speed of your online connection. There are several of these solutions available on the market, and this article will give you guidelines to make an educated decision about how exactly should you consider a smart DNS purchase. There are several factors involved, all of which we will present in an understandable manner, next to actual recommendations. Read what you will below!
1. Which Features, Channels do I Need?
First of all, it is very important to state that a smart DNS service is specialized for streaming access. With every company you look up, you should encounter a list of mostly entertainment websites that the given company opens the gate to.
A smart DNS operates based on a simple concept. The company you side with will supply you with DNS (Domain Name System) addresses, often based on region or country. In most cases, your task is to change your device’s DNS address to these supplied ones for the duration of your smart DNS connection. So for example, if you switch to a German DNS address, you will get to view all German websites the company supports. Some organizations also have client software to download that will do this manual setup for you.
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We can easily conclude that smart DNS works with limited access, with certain sites only. Another type of service – VPN (Virtual Private Network) is prominent in complete access to a country’s internet availabilities, though with loss of speed. We suggest that you also consider why you want to use such services, and then decide between smart DNS or VPN. A few companies offer both, or some combination of the two, even.
So here is what you absolutely should pay attention to regarding smart DNS services: whether or not it is the kind of service you seek, if it is, then the selection of websites it offers, prices and what you get for your money, free trial options, refund time and extra features (like a client software or region switcher tools for sites like Netflix).
2. Create a Shortlist
To bring up some actual examples, we are now going to briefly present a few smart DNS companies (in no particular order) that stand out in one way or another. Feel free to inspect any of them more closely.
SmartyDNS for example has a great overall combination of services. You are provided a safe environment to test and have second thoughts with a 14-day free trial and a 30-day refund policy. Next to that, SmartyDNS also has client software to make setting up a connection a very easy process. Prices are also better than average, with $2.33/mo at its lowest through savings on subscriptions of a longer duration. UnoTelly is big on providing access to film and television shows. There are two ways they make this possible: a regular smart DNS package and a smart DNS+VPN plan. The Virtual Private Network side in the latter is a smaller one, with nodes to Canada, the US, the UK and the Netherlands.
There is also a tendency among companies to focus on certain countries. Unblock Us (as in Unblock United States) is a good example. Their preference towards the USA reflects both its theme and channel selection, too. Unblock Us has a hybrid type of service next to smart DNS; the so-called smart VPN is a mobile, tablet and computer-focused product that provides direct contact between you and your desired website, as opposed to VPN that operates through servers as gateways.
3. Check Out Reviews
We would also like to invite you to take a look at the companies we probed in more detail via some our review articles. We conducted in-depth analysis for each and every one.
In the features section, the emphasis is on the technical aspects of a given smart DNS service and how they fare compared to others. The channels part is invested in highlighting your streaming opportunities and how they are distributed across the countries you can connect to. In privacy, we deal with how the safety of the customer is handled by a company, both from a legal and technical standpoint. Pricing covers the actual values, as well as free trial, refund policies and payment options, while device support contains a full list of the machines you can use the given smart DNS company’s services with.
4. Give it a Spin
We encourage you to actually take action and register for a free trial at any company you grew to like. Smart DNS companies are usually generous about this offer, and if there is one offered it lasts at least seven days, though two weeks are not rare either. If there is no free trial to find, we suggest looking for the refund policy of the organization. A refund can be understood as a risk-free trial. For example, if you have 10 days of money back guarantee, it means that if you make a purchase and decide that you do not want it anymore within the first ten days of the buy, you get your full payment back. In the end, you did not spend any money, but you walk (or sit) away with better knowledge about what sort of smart DNS service you are looking for.
5. Sweeten the Deal
To wrap up, we would again like to emphasize that it is very important to thoroughly inform yourself about the complete offer of a smart DNS (or VPN) company before deciding to make a purchase. Never forget to check the list of channels they provide, along with extras you might be interested in. Also, it is generally worth it to buy these services during holidays. Most companies hold seasonal offers for Easter, Christmas or national and bank holidays. For example if a company is really invested in a US-based audience, it might have discounts on July 4, even though its headquarters are not in the states. On the last note, we hope that we could contribute to you making a more educated decision about smart DNS purchases.