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Are you frustrated by the international blocks that stop you from watching Hulu? Are you a UK Netflix user, annoyed that the American selection of movies and TV shows is orders of magnitude larger than what’s available to you? Perhaps you’re a US citizen who would love to watch BBC iPlayer? Well, I have the perfect solution for you: a premium DNS service called UnoDNS which bypasses all those regional locks.

We’ve got 25 one-year Gold subscriptions for UnoDNS to give away, worth a total of $1500!

UnoDNS is a DNS provider

DNS is a service that’s essential to the internet. Everytime you visit a website by typing in the domain, your ISPs DNS service will be used to check the actual IP address location of that particular domain. UnoDNS is a replacement DNS server that you use instead of your regular ISP DNS look up; that’s not all though. Anytime you access one of the many supported region-locked websites, the UnoDNS servers will perform some intricate packet-level magic that fools the site into thinking you’re located within the boundaries of applicable countries. You’ll be indistinguishable from any other regular visitor in that country.

Access to all geo-locked content?

That’s right. Your UK Netflix account will suddenly have full access to US Netflix goodness – and believe me, there is a heck of a difference. I was getting a little bored of Netflix to be honest, but this has completely changed my mind – our TV remote hasn’t been touched in months. As a non-US resident, Hulu will open the doors to it’s catch-up service lovingly. BBC iPlayer won’t care where you reside, and will treat you like any other licence fee paying British citizen. The full list of channels available to you is immense. Here’s just a small selection of the more famous supported channels and services (but no means an exhaustive list – you can find a full list here) – see anything you like?

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There are no bandwidth or speed caps on UnoDNS – so you can watch as much as you like, anytime.

How is UnoDNS different to a VPN?

Although the two are completely different services, in our use case of bypassing region locked content there are a few factors to consider.

First, a VPN slows down your entire internet experience, as well as your streaming ability. UnoDNS on the other hand doesn’t affect your download speeds since you don’t need to tunnel in anywhere. When you’re dealing with streaming media of any kind, speed is key. UnoDNS only changes the packets it needs to in order to get that region locked content to you; the rest of your browsing experience is unaffected – my full 50mb down/5mb up connection was maintained the whole time. UnoDNS provides servers in every corner of the globe (note: this doesn’t affect what content you can access, just ensures a great browsing speed) – and they’re all running on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing platform – which pretty guarantees reliability and scales well for millions of users. This is what a premium DNS service is!

A VPN also requires constant attention – you need to activate it when you need it, and reconnect if it fails at some point. UnoDNS is a simple a settings change on any internet device you own. Switch out your ISPs DNS server addresses for the UnoDNS addresses, and you’re set. That’s it – set and forget. You needn’t keep switching them around – it’s reliable and can be left on there permanently.

Not all devices support use of a VPN – most notably the Xbox 360 doesn’t, and the majority of Smart TV devices don’t either. However, all internet connected devices should let you change the DNS settings.

VPNs also generally only allow one device to be used at one time; if you’re using Netflix through the VPN in your bedroom, then the iPad can’t use it simulataneously. UnoDNS is tied to one public IP address – so that’s your entire household. You can even set it up as the default on your router, so all DNS traffic is automatically routed through UnoDNS. Genius. If you go on holiday you can keep using it too; just head over the UnoDNS IP management page, and allow access from a temporary IP address.


You’ll need to register your IP on the service first, or anytime your public IP changes: simply login, and hit Auto-Update. If you’re using a broadband always-on internet connection, you rarely need to do this, but there’s a bookmark provide which you can use in case, without needing to login.

Next, head to over to the Global DNS cluster page to find some servers local to you. Find the two most local servers – you always need two, as one is used as backup.

Now to change the DNS on your devices. (Note: sometimes you can just change this directly on your router thereby affecting every device on the network automatically, however, everyone’s router setup is different, and my particular router doesn’t even allow this).

On a Mac, open up Preferences -> Network and click your active network connection from the list on the left (it’s the one with a green ball next to it), then click Advanced. From the DNS tab (other tabs will slightly different depending on if it’s hard wired or Wifi connection), click the + button to add a new DNS server. Paste in the addresses that you obtained earlier, each as a separate entry. Hit ok, then Apply the new settings.

On an Xbox, head to Settings -> Network Settings -> (choose your connection type) -> Configure -> DNS -> Manual -> Primary, then Secondary DNS servers, replacing them with the addresses you obtained earlier.

For Windows PCs and other devices, check out the setup wizard on the UnoDNS website.


If you have any interest in watching online streaming media and are tired of fiddly solutions that need constant attention, UnoDNS is an absolute must-have. It’s simple, and it works – reliably. If only every internet service could be this good!

We’re giving away 25 one-year Gold subscriptions to UnoDNS! Here’s how to win one.

How do I win a copy of UnoDNS?

It’s easy, just exchange your MakeUseOf points for an entry into the competition. It’s really simple: create a MakeUseOf account, earn points and exchange your points for an entry!

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Alex Shen
  • amb_78
  • Dwayne Brown
  • GodSponge
  • illegal3alien
  • Jhon H. Caicedo
  • John Buxbaum
  • Karen Ang
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kenice Noel
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Muhammad Ahmad
  • Obed Abraham
  • pankajsingh
  • Peter Fields
  • plzjames
  • raymond mcnatt
  • Rene Gatdula
  • Richard Lim
  • Rj Paul
  • Ryan Walmsley
  • Sergio Casas
  • Tom Sobieski
  • Travis Zepp
  • Yudono Ra

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before July 25. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 20th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

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  1. thinkpozzitive
    November 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    This is a easy browser based alternative to bypassing geo-location filters through browser add-on/extension:

  2. Gaurav Rajak
    August 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    it seems good but hope if it works as bypassing cyberoam too.

    • Crystal
      October 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      i am looking at getting this i live in canada and just want more options but it wont tell me how much it is after the 8 day trial and if it will screw my internet up if i dont keep it do you know how much it is after trial and if it is easy to get back to your own ip internet i dont know alot sorry to bug you but thought i would ask any help would be appriciatted thank you

      • Muo TechGuy
        October 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        If you choose not to use the service anymore you simply remove the DNS entries from your network configuration.

        As stated on the website: UnoDNS premium is $3.99 / month.

  3. Gaurav Rajak
    August 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    its seems good but hope it can bypass cyberoam too.

  4. Asif Mumtaz
    July 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    its been long searching for something similar. Tried everything, even bought a VPN Pro account from HMA. But its slow and doesn't work everywhere.

    Will try UnoDNS. I hope it really gives access to these channels and replaces my cable

  5. Rene Gatdula
    July 25, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Lucky enough to win one....thanks MakeUseOf...enjoying my Spotify right now...

  6. Gavin
    July 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Since I have just joined, and I don't have any points, is there a discount coupon anywhere?

    • muotechguy
      July 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      You havent joined, Gavin. Your user is showing up as anonymous. You need to actually create an account by login in using the social buttons on the sidebar. Then you'll be able to earn points easily by just sharing articles and commenting.

      • GLo
        July 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Thanks, can you confirm that this time I have joined?

        Also any discount coupon codes for unotelly as I believe that all the freebies are gone. thanks

        • muotechguy
          July 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          No, you havent joined yet. Did you click the social buttons at the top of the sidebar?

          Also, this is a competition. There are no freebies, and no discount codes. There are other services and software available to members on the rewards page though.

  7. thewizardoz
    July 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    cool software! yes, this would be very handy thanks. :o)

  8. Jaxx D
    July 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Lets hope I win so I can access Hulu and Spotify

  9. Salman Abdullah
    July 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This is the first time I heard internet user can be bypassed region lock just by DNS. Can I call this service is a remote tunneling proxy?

    • muotechguy
      July 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Sure, that sounds like a good name.

  10. Dwayne Brown
    July 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I'd love to win this!! Been a fan of MOU & UNO DNS from like day one :D

  11. Steve Laurie
    July 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Great giveaway, esp. in time for the Olympics.

  12. Arnel Gruspe
    July 20, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Count me in please. I would like to try this on a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex box.

  13. Arnel
    July 20, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Count me in please. I would like to try this on Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex media box.

  14. 30Minutes4Me
    July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Awesome giveaway! Seriously awesome....I have plans for Netflix already....

  15. 50fb9f7e2bcb713e82054c7e8614fb59
    July 19, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Wow. What's not to like? Here's hoping I win.

  16. Oren Passig
    July 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    unotelly works really well but I can't get Hd streaming

  17. rhaphazard
    July 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Why would Nick be a gold channel...

  18. Karen Ang
    July 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I need more game points for this. I want to watch Hulu and BBC

  19. Claire Curtis
    July 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    This looks fantastic. I want to watch BBC and other region-restricted content.. here's hoping!

  20. 123sandybarr
    July 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This looks really interesting. Do you think it will run in the Philippines?

  21. Rich
    July 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Awesome :)

  22. Andrei Anikin
    July 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

    thanks fo the giveaway!

  23. Andrei Anikin
    July 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

    thanks for the giveaway, a really useful thing.

  24. Marcello Piliego
    July 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm


  25. Gian Singh
    July 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    this is great for people whose gov't block websites

  26. JohnBunka
    July 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I would have never considered this but it opens up a whole new world of media I can consume! thanks!

  27. Mark Micallef
    July 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This really seems like the perfect soution. Please count me in for the giveaway.

  28. Neo Max
    July 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Count me in

  29. Arrow Quiver
    July 17, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I'm quivering with excitement!

  30. Yudono Ra
    July 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    give me one :)

  31. Salman Khan
    July 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Its sounds very interesting . I need one also .

  32. emmanuel adeleke
    July 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Count me in for the giveaway

  33. Rene Gatdula
    July 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    fingers crossed...I'm gonna watch Hulu...listen to Spotify..

  34. mark
    July 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    thanks 4 this

  35. Nibras Noon
    July 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    great giveaway!!

  36. Darren
    July 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I use hotspot shield. It's free.

  37. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I really need this because I want to watch hulu but it is only restricted to America.

  38. Achraf Almouloudi
    July 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

    There is also which does almost the same job, but UnoDns looks so brilliant .

  39. Mihovil Pletikos
    July 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    great giveaway - again :)

  40. Doug Stead
    July 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Love to have one of these!!!!

  41. raymond mcnatt
    July 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

    MUO does it again with a great give away. Now I need to win.LOL

  42. R Callie
    July 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Great GIveaway. Please count me in

  43. R Callie
    July 13, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Please count me in. I would like to try it out.

  44. Hassan
    July 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Brilliant, hope I win.

  45. fulltext
    July 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Please enter me in the contest. Sorry I am not interested in game points

  46. Ata
    July 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Count me in pls...

  47. Luis Gomez
    July 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Incredible product. I read the article, suscribe to it. Setup my router (really easy to do), and now Wii, ipod and computers can use US Netflix.

    They even give you a 7 day trial for the Premium service.

    Hope I get the giveaway!!!!

    Thanks MUO

  48. Rj Paul
    July 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I have been looking for something like this for a while. Hope to be one of the luckiest winners and good luck to all guys. Peace.

  49. Eric Swank
    July 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Sometimes they give away great software in the UK and it is protected by a geo-location lock. It doesn't really seem fair that just because I don't live in that region the software is unavailable to me. This looks to be a better way than the onion thing as they tend to blacklist IP addresses that are used often.

    Just sayin....

    • Luis Gomez
      July 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      This is at the packet level, I am using it right now and my public address has not changed at all.

      In the not very possible event that my current IP address is blocked, I will go to my router and make it renegotiate a new IP address with my ISP.

      Just Great!!!

  50. Richard Lim
    July 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Definitely an interesting alternative!
    One of the drawbacks with VPN is small countries are often left out of the game, as a destination.
    Would be interested in a trial to see if it works for Singapore content....

  51. pankajsingh
    July 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for this. I have been traveling a lot for the last few months and have really been annoyed by he lack of netflix.

  52. George Ireland
    July 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Count me in, sure can use this on my trip to the Olympics!

  53. George Ireland
    July 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Count me in. Heading to the UK for the Olympics!

  54. Asriel Rusdyawan
    July 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Great GIveaway. Please count me in too Dude..

  55. Asriel Rusdyawan
    July 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the Giveaway Dude.
    I really like to have this Software. Please count me in too Dude.
    Hope to be the Winner!

  56. Peter Fields
    July 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I personally use this in France to stream Netflix US to my devices.

    Works brilliantly.

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