Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eastern Massachusetts
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Like many on this thread, I've seen pretty uneven results with Unblock-US (my Internet is Verizon FIOS at 15/5) so far. I do have a couple of questions:
1. Should it / does it make a difference where you change the DNS settings? So far I've only changed them in my BDP (Sony BDP-S590).
2. When I manually configure IP settings in my BPD, it asks if I'm using a proxy server. I say "no" since there's nothing in the Unblock-US setup that mentions configuring a proxy. Correct?
3. Does anyone have a rational explanation as to why you would sometimes have to disconnect/reconnect several times before you're able to access the 5800k content? It almost seems like performance somehow correlates to server load and their load balancers maybe aren't working properly. If you happen to connect to a server that is not over-taxed, you get good performance; not so much if you happen to connect to a heavily loaded server.
Based on the uneven results from Unblock-US, I'd be curious to know if those whose ISPs are already connected to the OpenConnect CDN (and thus they don't need to go through a secondary resource such as Unblock-US to access the 5800kbps content) are also experiencing these inconsistent results. That might indicate whether the issue is a Netflix issue or an Unblock-US issue.
I have a few more days on my trial but thus far I am underwhelmed with the Unblock-US service, although for the times SuperHD has actually *worked* I've been very pleased with the quality. Also, when it's worked, it's worked uninterrupted for long stretches of time. Really makes me wonder how Unblock-US's network is configured and also how the Netflix CDN is configured. I'm having coffee tomorrow morning to discuss a position with a company that does network and application optimization, so he may be able to shed some light on this as well.