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corenom 4,512 1,154 October 8, 2011 at 01:25 AM More NetFlix Deals
Just wondering if I should share my login with a family member or just sign them up for a separate account. Does netflix restrict how many devices can access one account at a certain time? thanks!

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I believe it's five (5). For standalone/consumer devices, it generates a small code that you then enter into your account. I believe that's what's being counted. OTOH, for personal computers, there's no code (e.g., Windows + Silverlight), so I'm not sure there's a limit in that case (or maybe they prevent simultaneous logins? not sure, never tried it).

Btw, I have noticed that using the same account from widely separated geographic locations (in my case, PA and TX) causes problems. It appears they run sanity checks based on your public IP. And if they detect a significant difference (not sure exactly how much distance matters, but PA and TX is over 1700 miles), it will determine one to be the "home" IP and the other an unauthorized attempt to share your account. In that case I had to use a VPN (PPTP) with a public IP in the same vicinity of the primary IP. In my case that was fairly easy since the other location is a second home, and I had sufficient upload bandwidth back at the primary location. YMMV. For all I know, it might be more restrictive and require the exact same IPs, but since that's what I was doing, it worked for me.
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2 at the same time, bear in mind right now they are having a small issue with this.

If you get 3 dvds you get 3 streams, 2 dvd, 2 streams, etc.
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2 at the same time, bear in mind right now they are having a small issue with this.

If you get 3 dvds you get 3 streams, 2 dvd, 2 streams, etc.
We have been only getting 1 dvd, yet we can have 2 streams at the same time.
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I have no problems doing 2 streams at a time with the streaming only plan
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There is a restriction on the number of devices, but you can just unregister one when it gives you the error.

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I believe it's five (5). For standalone/consumer devices, it generates a small code that you then enter into your account. I believe that's what's being counted. OTOH, for personal computers, there's no code (e.g., Windows + Silverlight), so I'm not sure there's a limit in that case (or maybe they prevent simultaneous logins? not sure, never tried it).

Btw, I have noticed that using the same account from widely separated geographic locations (in my case, PA and TX) causes problems. It appears they run sanity checks based on your public IP. And if they detect a significant difference (not sure exactly how much distance matters, but PA and TX is over 1700 miles), it will determine one to be the "home" IP and the other an unauthorized attempt to share your account. In that case I had to use a VPN (PPTP) with a public IP in the same vicinity of the primary IP. In my case that was fairly easy since the other location is a second home, and I had sufficient upload bandwidth back at the primary location. YMMV. For all I know, it might be more restrictive and require the exact same IPs, but since that's what I was doing, it worked for me.
There is a clear device limit of 5 (or maybe 6). This counts for PCs, PS3's, Wii's, BD players, etc.

I currently have 4 members of the family using one plan in PA, IL, & CA, and have never noticed any issues, however, if more than 5 devices are connected, I can't connect, but this is easily fixed by removing one of the devices (unregistering it).

I have never had the problem eibgrad is talking about, and its been this way for a couple years.

I do have the restriction that only one video can stream on the same IP at a time.

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2 at the same time, bear in mind right now they are having a small issue with this.

If you get 3 dvds you get 3 streams, 2 dvd, 2 streams, etc.
This isn't the case for me. We do have a higher plan, but just logistically, this seems unlikely. It's much more likely that you get a certain restricted number of streaming devices.
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Quote from hallowmann View Post :
There is a restriction on the number of devices, but you can just unregister one when it gives you the error.



There is a clear device limit of 5 (or maybe 6). This counts for PCs, PS3's, Wii's, BD players, etc.

I currently have 4 members of the family using one plan in PA, IL, & CA, and have never noticed any issues, however, if more than 5 devices are connected, I can't connect, but this is easily fixed by removing one of the devices (unregistering it).

I have never had the problem eibgrad is talking about, and its been this way for a couple years.

I do have the restriction that only one video can stream on the same IP at a time.
When I attempt to stream from two widely separated locations, the second stream almost appears as if it will work. It gets connected to Netflix. I can usually even browse the catalog. But once I attempt to start the second stream, it just hangs, or eventually quits (having never started). No errors, no messages about restrictions, it just won't stream. But as soon as I VPN back to the other home (the one where I established the account and did my initial streaming), it works perfectly. I was therefore *assuming* Netflix is probably doing sanity checks based on your public IP. Otherwise, I can't explain it. So my comments are based on observed behavior more than any known policies by Netflix. Perhaps there's something else going on here that I'm unaware of. But it's amazing that as soon as I VPN back to the original IP address, I have no issues of any kind. Obviously I would like to avoid the need for the VPN if possible, but so far it's proven a necessity.
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