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Old 04-08-2016, 01:01 PM   #29
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My family uses a VPN for all communications outside a secure area (i.e.: home, trusted work, etc...). My home Internet routes has a builtin VPN server. For our laptops, phones, and tablets we setup a VPN to our home router via a dynamic DNS it maintains. Select the option to "send all traffic through the VPN" and we are secure. Even email that is downloaded by our email clients will use the VPN for all traffic from our device to our home is secure. No cost is involved other then power for your home network. It has an added benefit of getting past most router blocking I've been seeing in more and more RV parks.

Looks something like this:

[Home router] --- {Internet} -- {Park WiFi} -- [Laptop]

Traffic flow (all traffic):

[Laptop encrypted] -- {Park WiFi} -- {Internet} -- [Home router] -- {Internet unencrypted}

Our equipment:

{Home ISP}: Verizon 75/75 mb/sec
[Home router]: Cisco Meraki Mx64w
[Laptop]: Macbook Pro

If we did not have a router that supported a VPN server, I would VPN to a host on the inside of my network or use a 3rd party VPN provider. There are currently VPN services that are offering Lifetime Subscriptions for $39.00 - $99.00. Read the reviews
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:18 PM   #30
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Another recommend for PIA as a IT consultant and developer working with very large/lard clients I don't leave home without it.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:01 PM   #31
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I just spent 5 months abroad and you can not access Hulu or Netflix using PIA, or any VPN as I understand it, anymore. Hulu "knows" when you're using one of their servers IP addresses and blocks the content. Netflix started doing the same as of January/Febraury of 2016. Netflix went "international," except China and Syria and you can access Netflix "normally" as you would at home. The major difference is there is a limited catalogue depending on where you're located. For example, in the United Arab Emirates I couldn't watch Friday Night Lights or the new season of House of Cards. I had PIA btw.
waldosgone is correct, you can no longer access netflix or hulu with PIA - even in the US. I read somewhere that the VPN providers were working on a solution so perhaps we'll just have to wait and see how it shakes out.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:17 PM   #32
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I understand that PIA will serve a maximum of 5 computers/phones on your account. Do you PIA users know whether PIA will allow you to toggle each computer/phone on or off individually? I was hoping that the access restrictions with services like Hulu/Netflix didn't apply to your computers/phones who's VPN services were toggled off.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:21 PM   #33
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PIA supplies an app that resides in the tray (for Windows machines). You can easily enable/disable and select which server you would like to connect. Not sure about Macs or phones though.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:46 PM   #34
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We use tunnelbear.com VPN servers for any connections to unknown networks, for security and anonymity.

I even use it at home to strip ad trackers out of my traffic.

Tunnelbear is a Canadian company headquartered in Toronto.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:50 PM   #35
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Thanks everyone for your input and enlightenment. What a wealth of information in our Airstream community.

I'm going to go with PIA for our journey through British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Alaska and Alberta.

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Old 04-08-2016, 06:59 PM   #36
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Thanks everyone for your input and enlightenment. What a wealth of information in our Airstream community.

I'm going to go with PIA for our journey through British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Alaska and Alberta.

John
Just wanted to say "THANKS" for starting this thread. There's a bunch of good information here.

Also a hardy thanks to all the industry professionals who contributed your comments. You kept the information understandable and took most of the "geekiness" out of it. GREAT job, folks. (I'm a minor league geek, in the lower part of the sub-minor league, actually, wanna talk about MetroE protocols?)

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Old 04-08-2016, 08:50 PM   #37
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Why not just buy a Verizon LTE card and skip the WIFI all together?

https://business.verizonwireless.com...4gltefaqs.html

Not sure it's perfect, but it ain't bad.

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I feel much more comfortable with it rather than without it. I also run it on a Synology file server and haven't lost a connection for months. Perhaps I'd feel differently if they were using a non-standard protocol, but they support the latest VPN protocols.
Curious if your Synology is in your Airstream? If so, where do you keep it? I'm looking for a place to put a custom built NAS but can't think of anywhere good.
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This thread is so entertaining.

I use PureVPN, have been for years.
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Curious if your Synology is in your Airstream? If so, where do you keep it? I'm looking for a place to put a custom built NAS but can't think of anywhere good.
Sorry I keep my Synology at home. I sync a 1TB drive of my Plex media folders so I have something to watch while on the road! I highly recommend the Synology device, it's so much better than the previous two Drobos that I previously had.
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PIA supplies an app that resides in the tray (for Windows machines). You can easily enable/disable and select which server you would like to connect. Not sure about Macs or phones though.

iOS / Mac OS devices have an app from PIA as well. Easy to use and can switch between tcp and udp easily. Ports are easy to change as well.
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Old 04-09-2016, 06:50 AM   #42
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Our son is an IT person with an internal network of probably 100,000 + users he is partially responsible for. They have a VPN. When we retired and were starting our trips he took my wife's laptop and put a VPN that he has on his own onto her laptop as she does all the banking and bill paying. He specifically told her do not connect to any WiFi, be it a campground, store or my Android hotspot without first opening the VPN. Then he put it on mine and told me the same thing.

He assured us, if we follow "his" rules of connection we are secure. Generally we use the hotspot on my android to connect as it's almost always much faster than anything provided in campgrounds. She checks all accounts daily as prior to the VPN we had been hacked and it all ended ok, but was a painful process.

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