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Using OpenVPN on Windows?

Please make sure your OpenVPN software is up to date (2.3.11, updated 20/06/16). This is important, updated software can be found in the respective Setup Guides.


Your internet (IP) address is just one way a website can determine your location, the VPN/SmartStream can change your IP address, first check all is set up/connected properly (you only need one of the below to pass, depending on the service you are using):


Here are some other methods websites use in addition to an IP check:

  • Cache/cookies/history from your browser, you should clear these after the VPN connects or when you have problems to reset your location. For example, if you visited a website without our services enabled, it is possible the site has already cached your location.
  • Close all open browser windows, or force close all Apps you wish to use, then restart them afresh.
  • Log out & log in, if you're using a website/app where you need to log in, try logging out and back in again after making sure our services are configured/connected properly.
  • Time zone, set to the timezone of the content you wish to access. Restart the device once changed. Sites/Apps that are known to use this check:
    • All 4, NowTV, Sky, UKTV/Dave
  • Region & date formatting, some sites will check the region specified on the computer/device and the date formatting, for example UK/USA dates are formatted differently. Sites/Apps that are known to use this check:
    • All 4, NowTV, Sky, UKTV/Dave
  • Location Services/GPS, devices like the iPhone/iPad/Android/AppleTV devices may have a GPS chip/Location Services, if so this should be disabled. Sites/Apps that are known to use this check:
    • All 4, ITVHub, NowTV, Sky, UKTV/Dave
    • BBC iPlayer Radio App, disable in device GPS settings/Location Services
    • BTSport; cannot be disabled
    • National Lottery use a browser/computer not the App
    • TVPlayer; cannot be disabled, works on FireTV only.
  • Mobile signal, disable all mobile data by putting the device into Airplane mode, then re-enable wifi. Apps can check the mobile carrier and/or roaming status of the device. Sites/Apps that are known to use this check:
    • NowTV, Sky
  • Location tracking, a feature most modern browsers have, this should also be disabled as it may override the IP check. Many sites use this.

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