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Promoted 04-04-2013 by yuugotserved at 01:39 PM View Original Post
Private Internet Access is offering 20% off their VPN Service. Thanks oFlamingo

Note, refer to the forum thread for additional information
  • $5.45/month for month to month plan
  • $31.95 for 1-year plan ($2.66/month)
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Edited April 1, 2013 at 04:27 PM by widgit
This was the weekend's giveaway banner promotion, but the links are still live today:

Private Internet Access:
$5.45/month for month to month plan
$2.66/month for 1 year plan ($31.95 for the entire year)

Features:
  • Secure VPN Account
  • Encrypted WiFi
  • P2P and VoIP Support
  • PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
  • Multiple VPN Gateways
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • SOCKS5 Proxy Included
  • No traffic logs
  • Instant Setup

Link to Private Internet Access [privateinternetaccess.com]
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Last Edited by Deal2go May 2, 2014 at 07:53 PM
They have horrible customer service! Their product maybe cheap or good but the customer service is terrible.Deal has now ended. DEAD.

This is NOT an internet service provider.
More info on what a VPN is and why it is useful: http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why...your-needs
  • You may connect with up to 3 devices simultaneously with a single account.
  • A router that supports DD-WRT or Tomato can connect and counts as 1 single device.
  • The regular price of the service is $6.95/month or $39.95/year.
  • There are 263+ servers in 9 countries and growing.
  • Port forwarding is available in the application or with a script/API available on the PIA forum.
  • DNS Leak protection is available in the application's advanced settings
  • Internet kill switch kills any internet access in the event of a VPN connection drop and is available in the application's advanced settings.
  • A SOCKS5 proxy is also available.
  • Bitcoin and Ripple are available as payment methods. You can buy bitcoin on a Bitcoin exchange.
  • If you pay with any service other than Bitcoin or Ripple, you will be automatically charged the full $39.95 price next year. But you can unsubscribe at anytime and still use the remainder of the year you've paid for.
  • Every purchase includes a 7 day refund period.
  • In terms of security, OpenVPN>LT2P>PPTP.

You may also like to try a free alternative....

http://slickdeals.net/f/5942160-Free-VPN-as-part-of-project-by-University-of-Tsukuba-Japan?v=1


Here are some alternative VPN services that have large selection of servers (worldwide)proxy.sh is $5 month

Setting up BT software Vuze (used to be call Azureus) to only use VPN connection (won't connect if VPN connection not available.)
Here is a tutorial of it.
http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutoria...hrough_VPN
Here's a tutorial for utorrent: http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutoria...IP_binding
(Remember to un-check make new firewall rule in utorrent settings/prefs)

Enter the interface identifier into the field next to "Bind to local IP address or interface" in the settings.
Note that the interface identifier is named different on every system, so make sure to check how exactly it is called on yours.
In their example, it is "eth15" for OpenVPN, "net2" for PPTP" and "net1" for L2TP.

Make sure the checkbox next to "Enforce IP bindings even when interfaces are not available" is checked;
otherwise it can happen that Vuze keeps downloading without using the VPN.

If the Vuze setup is done correctly, it will ONLY use your VPN connection. If you didn't login to your VPN service, Vuze won't work.


Rock...I bought it and went back without linking through here and price was back up to $3.33 per month. I now check and it is back down again. Get it while you can as it may change again.

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#556
Quote from geniv View Post :
actually I have it checked.
I run windows 7 ultimate x64

I hope the internet kill switch works properly also. I have both of them checked
How exactly is your DSN server set? If you use a router, you will want to verify that it has the correct DSN server as you want it set. Same on the host and guest OS and any other devices you use. Using OpenDNS I pass the DNS check every time.(My modem does not let me set it, but my router and PC OS each have several fields to set a static DNS server.)

Note that if you leave any field blank then some hardware and/or software will fill it with information from the ISP. (So if you have three fields on your router for static DNS servers, but only have two DNS addresses at your favored DNS server, fill them all with those. Like 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 and the third as one of the first two again. Most routers will accept a repeat. If yours will not, then put something that it cannot possibly connect to.)

*Edit*
Here are two screenshots I made. The first is of my router setup where I have left the third field open. The second shows what that does to my Internet connection. You can easily see that my ISP used a third DNS server and I can prevent this by ensuring that I set it myself. Yours may be nothing like mine, but this is the best I can think of. Good luck. And The support forums have many people who may have better ideas than mine.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jus0ydm...su/dns.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pen0jwb...s/dns2.jpg
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Last edited by OmniNegro April 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM
#557
Since they come with 3 accounts, is there any advantage to setting up the proxy on both your bit torrent client and using the windows app to make your entire machine go through the torrent? Is there any issues with this?

I want to occasionally use the VPN on my PC, but want my bit torrent client to always use VPN. But I don't want to accidentally forget to run the VPN windows program.

I figure if the windows VPN program crashes, the torrent would still be using the proxy, right? Is there some weird traffic routing to have both the BT client and windows using VPN?
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#558
Quote from coachclass View Post :
Since they come with 3 accounts, is there any advantage to setting up the proxy on both your bit torrent client and using the windows app to make your entire machine go through the torrent? Is there any issues with this?

I want to occasionally use the VPN on my PC, but want my bit torrent client to always use VPN. But I don't want to accidentally forget to run the VPN windows program.

I figure if the windows VPN program crashes, the torrent would still be using the proxy, right? Is there some weird traffic routing to have both the BT client and windows using VPN?
If you setup the VPN correctly you should never have it disconnect, and would have to do no extra work to get your torrent client using the VPN.

When installed, the VPN is a driver like a new modem on your system. When you turn it on, it routes everything through the VPN with no exceptions.

You can setup more complex routing for the possible situations you could run into, but I have no idea how to do most of that and I would suggest reading the forums for the service, or even making a support ticket to get some pointers in the right direction. (Surely someone made a FAQ and some clear instructions.)

On the note of the proxy, the proxy is always inferior to the VPN since it works in an entirely different manner. It does not encrypt the initial connection, and it only passes data set on the right port, and only then if your client supports it. (If your torrent client supports it you can use the proxy without any trouble, and without having to install the VPN client as well. But be warned that not all programs that claim to support SOCKS 5 proxies actually do. Some support only part of the specifications or none at all.)
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#559
Quote from coachclass View Post :
Since they come with 3 accounts, is there any advantage to setting up the proxy on both your bit torrent client and using the windows app to make your entire machine go through the torrent? Is there any issues with this?

I want to occasionally use the VPN on my PC, but want my bit torrent client to always use VPN. But I don't want to accidentally forget to run the VPN windows program.

I figure if the windows VPN program crashes, the torrent would still be using the proxy, right? Is there some weird traffic routing to have both the BT client and windows using VPN?
If you want your bit torrent client to always use VPN connection ONLY, there is a BT client that can set it up to only use VPN connection.

Here are the directions.
Setting up BT software Vuze (used to be call Azureus) to only use VPN connection (won't connect if VPN connection not available.)
Here is a tutorial of it.
http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutoria...hrough_VPN

Enter the interface identifier into the field next to "Bind to local IP address or interface" in the settings.
Note that the interface identifier is named different on every system (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc), so make sure to check how exactly it is called on yours.
In their example, it is "eth15" for OpenVPN, "net2" for PPTP" and "net1" for L2TP.

Make sure the checkbox next to "Enforce IP bindings even when interfaces are not available" is checked;
otherwise it can happen that Vuze keeps downloading without using the VPN.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vuze

If the Vuze setup is done correctly, it will ONLY use your VPN connection. If you didn't login to your VPN service, Vuze won't work.
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Last edited by MozartA April 7, 2013 at 12:39 PM
#560
Can anyone on Windows comment on the virtual interface the VPN client sets up? When I open it in network preference it lists the speed at 10Mbps. Anyone else have this?
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Can anyone on Windows comment on the virtual interface the VPN client sets up? When I open it in network preference it lists the speed at 10Mbps. Anyone else have this?
What setup screen are you speaking of? The Windows Networking stuff where it shows the interface adapter itself? Or the VPN setup? The VPN application itself does not even show the speed at all, so I have to presume you mean the Windows side of things. That is likely the maximum that your Ethernet port *AND* router *AND* modem all support. If any one shows less than the rest, they all slow down to the obvious bottleneck of hardware.

Is this the part you are seeing or is it something else? (I am using Windows 7 x64.)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m6atteq...r/LACS.jpg
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#562
Quote from MozartA View Post :
If you want your bit torrent client to always use VPN connection ONLY, there is a BT client that can set it up to only use VPN connection.

...

Here are the directions.

Thanks. I was just wondering if there's any advantage to using two vpn's from the same company? One on the torrent client, one on the windows PC itself (the vpn client from PIA).
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#563
Quote from coachclass View Post :
Thanks. I was just wondering if there's any advantage to using two vpn's from the same company? One on the torrent client, one on the windows PC itself (the vpn client from PIA).
Presuming that even works, you would be routing all your torrent connections separately from everything else. That can be an advantage or may mean nothing. This all depends on your prospective. (I never knew they allowed more than one server to be used at a time.)

I think that this would not work the way you think since by default, all traffic is routed through the PIA client via OpenVPN to the server they have setup in the client. So anything you do including the torrents would go through that.
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guys i just bought this service. I am an average systems admin. My question is when i am connected to PIA my upload on UTORRENT stalls to nothing and when i am without i am doing like 150 some kbps uploads. do i need to do anything on my router? Like port forwarding or something.

TIA!
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Quote from joker380 View Post :
guys i just bought this service. I am an average systems admin. My question is when i am connected to PIA my upload on UTORRENT stalls to nothing and when i am without i am doing like 150 some kbps uploads. do i need to do anything on my router? Like port forwarding or something.

TIA!
Since you are in effect installing new hardware because it routes all traffic through a driver that the system sees as a modem, you should stop all traffic and then start the VPN then restart traffic. I suggest fully closing all Internet connected applications just as a precaution so they do not mistakenly try to connect via the old route they had before all traffic was re-routed. (But in most cases, in your torrent client forcing a re-announce to the trackers will do much the same. That just lets the trackers know where you are now. This should be expected.)
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Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
What setup screen are you speaking of? The Windows Networking stuff where it shows the interface adapter itself? Or the VPN setup? The VPN application itself does not even show the speed at all, so I have to presume you mean the Windows side of things. That is likely the maximum that your Ethernet port *AND* router *AND* modem all support. If any one shows less than the rest, they all slow down to the obvious bottleneck of hardware.

Is this the part you are seeing or is it something else? (I am using Windows 7 x64.)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m6atteq...r/LACS.jpg
That is exactly what I am talking about. My regular wired internet connection is 1Gbps. I can't imagine it is my hardware that is causing the limitation because without the VPN I see the 1Gbps connection speed when I check network preferences. I have a Docis3.0 modem with a gigabit port, a router that has 4 gigabit ports, and I know that my ethernet port on my computer supports gigabit.

I have to imagine that it has to be the way the VPN installer set up the connection? That being said, when I test the connection I am able to exceed the stated 10Mbps speed listed (get around 22Mbps down, 30Mbps up on a 50/10 connection). I am actually satisfied with those speeds, but if there is a simple fix that could give my speed another little bump I would be happy.
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#567
This was a good deal. While the domestic servers are a bit slow for me, I can max out my connection using several of the overseas servers. Go figure.
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Quote from Spiffypat View Post :
That is exactly what I am talking about. My regular wired internet connection is 1Gbps. I can't imagine it is my hardware that is causing the limitation because without the VPN I see the 1Gbps connection speed when I check network preferences. I have a Docis3.0 modem with a gigabit port, a router that has 4 gigabit ports, and I know that my ethernet port on my computer supports gigabit.

I have to imagine that it has to be the way the VPN installer set up the connection? That being said, when I test the connection I am able to exceed the stated 10Mbps speed listed (get around 22Mbps down, 30Mbps up on a 50/10 connection). I am actually satisfied with those speeds, but if there is a simple fix that could give my speed another little bump I would be happy.
Just as a test, I uninstalled the VPN software and reinstalled it after clearing all the configuration files so it thinks this is a new install. It did not change this for me. Try checking the Ethernet port itself in the device manager and see if it has options to change what mode it runs at. For example in the advanced tab there are options like "Auto Disable Gigabit" and "Speed and Duplex" that could be set wrong. If your router or modem auto-updates then any of them could accidentally revert to a default compatibility mode that is slower than it should be for you.

Honestly I have no idea what else to suggest. And I rather doubt you have not already checked each of these things. So all I can think of to say is Good Luck.

Support may be able to help on PIA. They have to deal with this sort of thing regularly, perhaps they know the easy way to find what is wrong and fix it.
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#569
Good deal, but service was slow (ymmv). Tried PPTP and OpenVPN options via my router as well as their client.
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Quote from OmniNegro View Post :
Just as a test, I uninstalled the VPN software and reinstalled it after clearing all the configuration files so it thinks this is a new install. It did not change this for me. Try checking the Ethernet port itself in the device manager and see if it has options to change what mode it runs at. For example in the advanced tab there are options like "Auto Disable Gigabit" and "Speed and Duplex" that could be set wrong. If your router or modem auto-updates then any of them could accidentally revert to a default compatibility mode that is slower than it should be for you.

Honestly I have no idea what else to suggest. And I rather doubt you have not already checked each of these things. So all I can think of to say is Good Luck.

Support may be able to help on PIA. They have to deal with this sort of thing regularly, perhaps they know the easy way to find what is wrong and fix it.
Just an update to my "issue". After further research the 10Mbps that Windows reporting for the virtual interface is a bogus number. The virtual interface will run up to the speed of the physical adapter (1Gbps). Apparently it has to do with the legacy support in the TPT-Win32 driver used for the VPN application.
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