With the advent and subsequent stellar growth of the World Wide Web in the past two decades, users today find the internet and networking to be an essential part of their daily lives. Almost everything, be it products or services, are now being offered online, peaking customer convenience like never before. But Even if the web service is considered to be, or touted as a global service, there are certain situations where the ‘worldwide’ prefix attached to the word ‘web’ don’t seem to hold true. We find many popular services and even products to be limited to a few countries and the rest suffer, what they in their agitation would retort as a ‘discrimination’. No one except for the companies actually care about the legal or financiall restrictions that may be prohibiting these companies to ‘actually’ reach globally. But whatever be the case, it’s discrimination nonetheless. Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play all access, Amazon instant video and hundreds of other cult services are yet not available in the majority of the world. But does this mean that there is nothing that can be done? NO! A lot can be done. Many workarounds can be employed. And apparently, some of them, like the Unlocator service, are a cakewalk to deploy!
We at GadgetAdda have reviewed this service especially for you. Read on!
WHAT IS THE UNLOCATOR?
The Unlocator is a ‘Smart’ DNS Proxy which enables remote IP Region changing, only as and when required. As of now, a total of 107 services are supported by them and they promise about, even more services and channels being under development, as can be seen below.
With a few, quick and easily comprehensible steps, all such services can be accessed anywhere in the world, with the least effort possible for now.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
As mentioned above, the Unlocator is a Smart DNS Proxy. Thus, it performs both as a Fully functional DNS Server, for normal access requests, and it even successfully hides and changes The IP region when any of the 107 services are ‘looked’ upon their servers, thus taking up roles of both VPN’s and Proxies as well.
When the user searches for a website that is restricted in his region, the web browser requests the DNS servers, which now happen to be those belonging to Unlocator’s, for The IP address. Now, as soon as Unlocator recognizes the domain request being one of those 107 services, it temporarily transforms from a normal DNS server to A DNS Proxy, meaning it hides the original IP Address, assigns a random one from a supported region, and uses its own cache to directly connect the remote Client to The website. The website can no longer distinguish the origins and grants access to the client.
But you must be thinking why such trickery is legal and might fear being thrown away deep into dark, forgotten dungeons!!But no wait, this service is, as all other VPN’s and proxies are 100 % legal. The general transparency that is followed in networking leaves the private details and invaluable data of the user highly vulnerable, as everything is kept in the records of the DNS server. Thus, because of security purposes, Virtual Private Networks and proxies came into being. They either encrypt the outgoing data and then assign absolutely new IP Addresses or serve as an intermediary in the process, guarantying a safe and secure networking experience to the privacy hounds. Finally, we comfort ourselves as we have always been comforting for ages, that what is misuse for some is highly useful for the others .It’s all a matter of perspective and your position in the game!
But since using VPN’s is sort of complicated and is something that must be done manually every time, the Unlocator makes a smart mix out of all the options available. It functions as a VPN, a proxy and also as a normal DNS server all in one, and just uses a onetime setup effort. It Hides the IP only when those 107 select services are asked for. Rest of the times, It’s as transparent and as normal functioning a DNS Server as your Local Server or Google’s Mighty DNS.
HOW TO SETUP UNLOCATOR?
The first thing that needs to be done is creating an account with them and selecting a membership plan. They offer a free full trial for 7 Days, post which you’ll have to pay to use the service. For the utility it offers, we found it to be dirt cheap, to be honest.
After you have an account with them, you must change your DNS lookup Servers to theirs, so that they can go about with their magic.
Changing DNS Servers is a fairly simple task and Unlocator requires this to done just once and for all and even reverting back to your local servers just takes a single mouse click.
There are two options you can follow. You can either change the DNS address manually for each device or you can directly change them from the router itself. When you change them from the router, all devices connected to this router can gain full access to such services, in the simplest way possible.
A full guide and walkthrough about how to setup Unlocator can be found here.
Unlocator Promises a hassle free bypassing of region restrictions while at the same time touting its worth as a fast and reliable DNS Server. We’ll put these claims to a test in this section.
1) Performance while granting unrestricted access to the 107 Popular Channels.
Being a movie buff, we always wished we could use Netflix, or even Amazon Instant Video for that matter. But for ages we never knew of any workaround and when we came to know about a few, most of us found them to be risky and tedious to setup and use. But with Unlocator we were rocking Netflix within a couple of minutes of setting it up. We even bought an HD Subscription at Netflix using this.
They asked for our credit card details which we promptly gave and when they asked for a pin code, we entered one from Boston. Since a credit card works internationally, the country where the credit card was issued is irrelevant. Just enter the pin code of the region where IP has been masked and you’re good to go.
We also tested the video quality, the Ping Timings, Buffer and video Response times and found them to be PERFECT! It was as if No trick had been deployed .Finally we managed to view all our favorite movies and TV Shows on our long- longed for Platform of Choice!
Next came up a Music Streaming Giant, Spotify. Almost everyone has always craved for a fully functional music streaming service that would be exhaustive in its database yet highly easy to use and rely upon. But none such services were available. No Google play music, No Pandora and hence no personalized music streaming Radio, since forever.
With Unlocator all we did was ‘Confidently visiting’ their website, created an account with them, downloaded the software and began searching for our Sennheiser Earphones
Music streamed in full HD quality 320 KBps without any buffer time to be required. The service, as is famed proved excellent.
2) Performance as a Normal DNS Server
Since Unlocator promises normal route networking apart from the above 107 services, we tested the claim by pitting the response and render times taken by Unlocator against those taken by our default DNS Servers. And to ensure a combination of greatest accuracy and practicality, we ended up performing two separate tests with the same three servers
1) Real Life Usage – Unofficial Speed Test
We thought about 9 different websites that differed from one another in terms of Traffic, advertisements and Location. We cleared up our Cache and with our stopwatch on and then tested the rendering and response speeds of each server while opening up each of the websites and we took three readings to ensure accuracy. Each website takes the longest time in the first reading because when the cache is cleared up the browser has to ask the proxy all over again and that takes time.
|Website||Local Server(sec)||Unlocator Test(sec)||Google DNS(sec)|
As can be seen from the table, there emerged no clear winner that swept away all the stakes. Every server had their own share of wins and losses, moments of pride and share.
At a Raw level, Google’s DNS emerged at the top with a total time taken of only 176 seconds to finish the tasks assigned. Our Local Server wasn’t far behind with a total time of 194 seconds, followed by Our very own Unlocator at the third spot with a time taken of about 228 seconds.
We then used the namebench software to count the threads and response timings for each of these servers. The purpose was to have a calculative surety of our real life findings. Google’s DNS again emerged as the winner, this time followed by unlocator and then by our local server which trailed quite far behind these two. The Following are the details of the result.
As we can see, Unlocator does stand close to Google here.
What does all this mean in real life usage? Well, this means that there is almost negligible difference between the Three DNS servers. Such minute differences won’t be noticeable to the average users, though some power users might argue about that.
But since Unlocator offers its own unique set of features which none of the above offer, overall we must pass the trophy to Unlocator who still manages a fantastic performance overall, While being the best in its core functionality
With Support for almost every device available in the market and a huge array of popular and favorite channels to Bypass into, Unlocator surely is a ‘Guru’ at what it does. To top it all up, The ease with which it can be deployed with virtually no software required to be installed, ‘A setup once and forget forever after’ convenience, and Its own unique ‘Smart DNS Proxy’ feature, this software is a must for all Service Enthusiasts longing to Enjoy these Cult channels. Highly Recommended!
Click here to get started with Unlocator.