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Here you can find setup information for your chosen VPN and also how to fix any problems you might encounter.

You can use the Table of Contents on the right hand side of this window to navigate between the different sections.


Install Guide




Step 1
Retrieve your VPN username and password, if you are a new member this is contained in the StreamVia Account Information email you received after ordering.




Step 2
Install OpenVPN Connect from the Google Play store

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.openvpn.openvpn&hl=en_GB


Step 3
Open the below link in Chrome, not a 3rd party browser, to download the OpenVPN Connect configuration files:



Download 'NoHosts' Configuration

Required from extreme censored/restricted locations; China, Iran, UAE, etc.




Step 4
From the list of configuration files (link above) tap the OpenVPN Configuration file you want to download to your device, i.e where you want to appear to be. The files will download and be saved to your device in the background, you may get a notification that the Download has finished/succeeded.

We STRONGLY recommend you repeat these steps, to download ALL options for your chosen location, for example all UK, USA options. This will allow you to experiment, to see which works best from your physical location.

'Option 2' will probably work best from censored locations, China, Iran, UAE, etc, but try 'Option 1' as well.




Step 5
Start the OpenVPN Connect App that you downloaded in Step 2 from the Play Store. Select OVPN Profile




Step 6
With OVPN selected, you should now see a list of the OpenVPN Configuration files downloaded in Step 3 and Step 4. Select them so they have a 'tick' by them, then tap Import top right.




Step 7
Enter VPN credentials, then press Add


We STRONGLY recommend you repeat from 'Step 3' above, to import ALL options for your chosen location, for example all UK, USA options. This will allow you to experiment, to see which works best from your physical location.


Step 8
Move the VPN slider to On




Step 9
To import additional options, repeat from Step 3 to download to the configuration files, then use the giant + button in the OpenVPN Connect App (bottom right usually).


Step 10
VPN username/password stored for each option, can be edited by tapping the > next to each configuration option.



Step 1
Load the OpenVPN Connect App, then go to Settings from the three-horizontal-line button (top left usually).

Step 2
Enable Seamless tunnel

Step 3
Set Connection timeout: none

Step 4
Set Reconnect on Reboot if you wish

Step 5
Enable any other options you wish

Step 6
If the VPN is currently connected, go into the OpenVPN Connect app move the slider to Off, then reconnect, for the changes to take effect


Problems

Authentication Failed

The username and/or password is wrong, the VPN password is separate to the Client Area password you use on the StreamVia.com website - so it may not be the same. The VPN password is randomly generated by default.

  1. Retrieve your VPN password from the Client Area
    • Sign into the Client Area
    • Click My Services, from the My StreamVia menu on the right hand side
    • Click View Details next to the service
  2. Update stored password on your device
    • Copy and paste the password retrieved from My Services to reduce the chance of error, it is case sensitive
    • Connect again


L2TP-VPN Server did not respond

Router/ISP problem

Something local to your computer/router/ISP is blocking the VPN. Please try with PPTP, or see below for potential causes.

A common problem is that your router does not have VPN Passthrough or L2TP/IPSec Passthrough enabled, there should be a setting in your routers administration panel. Please also try powering off and on your router.



Other Information

Poor Performance

We ensure our servers are NEVER overloaded, so this is not the issue if you are receiving poor performance; please get this out of your mind now ;-)

Your network, your ISP and their network have as much an impact on the speed you will receive as we do. Some of you will be connecting to a VPN server half way around the world, so degradation along the way is inevitable.


Quick tips

  • Experiment with Location 1, Location 2 (Site 1, Site 2) etc connections
  • Experiment with PPTP
  • Use a network cable not wireless/wi-fi, this can often make the biggest difference.
  • Reboot router/computer
  • Clear all browser cookies/history/cache
  • If you are a VPN All or VPN UK & USA member and are using StreamVia to access streaming TV/video, please try SmartStream instead.



Location 1, Location 2 (Site 1, Site 2) etc
Each different VPN Site is a separate VPN location, you should experiment to see which works best for you. There may be a massive difference, some difference or no difference for you in speed. But you should experiment to see ;)


PPTP etc
Try a different type of VPN, such as PPTP.


Browser cache/cookies
Always clear your browser cache/cookies/history after connecting VPN, you need to reset the browser for your change in location. Failure to do so can result in poor performance.


Wi-fi vs wired ethernet
Using a wired connection instead of wireless often has the biggest impact on speed. The best speed and reliability with always be seen when using a network cable rather than wireless, wireless networks cause latency which causes the speed to drop. If you are having speed issues, please try with a network cable rather than wireless.


Your broadband
Just because you have XYZ speed broadband, does not mean you should expect this speed over a VPN. All networks deteriorate in speed the further away you are, so whilst someone connecting in the UK or a country close by will be able to achieve close to maximum speed to a UK server, those in Australia will not.

Also, if you or someone else is heavily using the broadband connection (even if not over the VPN) then you will notice a performance drop. For best performance ensure others are not downloading/streaming on the same connection as you.


Reboot everything
Try restarting both your computer and your broadband router, sometimes this can work wonders!


Alternative DNS
For best performance - especially from China, UAE etc - we recommend that you configure alternative DNS servers on your computer, as some countries will filter DNS which can cause problems for your connection ie inability to connect at all, or unstable connections with frequent disconnects. You need to configure these on your wireless or ethernet adapter - ie the physical network interface you use to connect to your network - details are contained in the below links:



Website Does Not Work

This is usually a fairly easy fix and is usually caused by stale cookies/cache/history within your web browser.

Step 1
Connect the VPN


Step 2
Clear all cookies/cache/history from your browser


Step 3
Close all open browser windows, ie close Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc, completely


Step 4
Re-launch the required browser program, we strongly recommend using Firefox for best speeds


Step 5
Verify that the VPN is working, by visting DisplayMyHostname.com ensuring that you no longer see your ISP's hostname. If you do still see your ISP's hostname, this article will not fix your problem. Please contact StreamVia Support - including your operating system version - advising that the DisplayMyHostname check failed.


Step 6
Attempt to view your desired site again.



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