The team behind StrongVPN has introduced a Smart DNS service aptly named StrongDNS. They offer anyone who would like to try out the service a 7 day free trial. Note that unlike most Smart DNS trials, payment information is required to sign up for your free account. If you decide to cancel make sure to do so in the first 7 days. Otherwise you will be billed based on the term chosen.
Always check the free trial terms to see if they are acceptable to you. I feel comfortable telling you that their free trial account includes unlimited access to all of the features of a paid account. As I mentioned above you will need to enter in your payment information to sign up for the trial. If you enjoy the StrongDNS service and want to continue your membership simply do nothing. If you need to cancel for any reason you can do so in the first 7 days without any charge.
How to Sign Up for the StrongDNS 8 Day Free Trial
Signing up for the StrongDNS free trial is easy to do. You will want to start out by visiting StrongDNS.com. You will notice a large button toward the top of the site that says “Try it Free”. Click on the button to go to the sign up page shown below.
You will notice that I chose the DNS 1 year package. StrongDNS offers terms ranging from monthly to annual. I like the yearly package because it includes a nice discount. Regardless of which term you choose the next step is to ensure the trial box is checked. This will let StrongDNS know that you want to take advantage of their 7 day free trial. The terms are made clear:
- If you want to try out StrongDNS for free check this box. You will be charged in 7 days unless you cancel your order. Trial can be used only once. Also, in order to be able to use trial feature you have to select ‘Credit Card’ payment method.
After you sign up the StrongDNS team will quickly follow up with an email including everything you need to get started. The service is very easy to use.
How to Cancel During the Free Trial Period
If you decide that you need to cancel for any reason I would suggest contacting StrongDNS support. If you visit their “Contact Us” page you’ll see a full list of employees on duty along with those starting soon. StrongVPN and their new StrongDNS service are the only ones that I know of that offer this level of support. You can select an individual and send them a message on Skype to answer any question you may have while testing the service.
Save up to $10 Off StrongDNS
In addition to their free trial, StrongDNS offers discount pricing on their term packages. There is no coupon code required to take advantage of the discount. They have four pricing packages starting at 1 month and going up to 1 year. The terms include 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. Their pricing starts at $5 a month with savings based on the term you choose. You can enjoy a full year of StrongDNS service for $50. All new members can sign up with the 7 day free trial attached to give you plenty of time to test the service. It you sign up for a year of StrogDNS, you will save $10. That’s the same as getting 2 months of their service for free!
Check our site in the future for the most recent discounts so you can save as much as possible. Right now, you can enjoy unlimited access from just $4.16 a month.
Remember you do not need any coupon or promo code to take advantage of the discount. Click on the image above to visit the StrongDNS special page. When you select the “Packages” link at the top of the site or scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll see that the prices are discounted based on term.
What to Expect from StrongDNS
To understand how StrongDNS or any Smart DNS service works, it helps to know something about how they operate. These services allow you to unblock geographic restrictions to content imposed by some streaming media providers. They do this by sending a local IP address to the site that you want to unblock that says you are located in a region or country that is not geo-blocked. By doing this, they let you enjoy movies, specials, and original content that would not be available in your country from providers such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video. Not only can you watch content that you would otherwise not be able to see but you can see it from anywhere in the world. As I briefly mentioned above, this differs from a VPN which adds privacy protection through encryption. The encryption used by a VPN can slow down your connection and cost more. This makes Smart DNS a better choice for anyone who does not need the online privacy and anonymity of a VPN connection. Here’s an explanation of how StrongDNS works taken directly from their website:
Many popular US and UK websites stream video and audio as an alternative to a traditional TV/Cable/SAT service.
Some are subscription based, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Others are pay per view, like Amazon, while some are free, such as Hulu, ABC, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. **But generally, you have to be in US or UK to view these sites.
StrongDNS has come up with a solution that gives you the ability to access them from Anywhere in the world
StrongDNS supports a large variety of different device types as I will show in the next section. They have set up guides and useful tips for using those devices with their service. Once you sign up they will send you a verification email welcoming you to their service. Verifying your order will give you access popular sites like Netflix, Hulu and the BBC from anywhere in the world.
StrongDNS Supports a Wide Range of Devices
StrongDNS supports a large variety of devices: PC, Mac, Linux, smartphones, game consoles and tablets. They have a setup howto page with visual guides and tips for using their service on many of the devices that they support. These devices are organized into computers, home media devices and gaming consoles, mobile devices, and routers to make it easier to see if your device is one that they support. They also have other setup guides for a general router setup and various Smart TVs on their FAQ page. Likely, if you have a device that allows DNS setup, they can support it.
Here’s a list of supported devices:
- Computer – Mac OS, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Google Chrome OS/Chromium OS
- Mobile – iPad, iPhone, Android(version 4 and above), Android 2.3
- Home/Gaming – Apple TV, LG Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, Panasonic Blu-Ray Player, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, PS3
- Router – D-Link, Netgear, Cisco/Linksys, 2Wire, TP-Link Router, Sabai Technology, DD-WRT, Generic router setup
As you can see they have support for routers using DD-WRT custom firmware. Once again, the key is being able to configure the DNS settings for whatever device you want to use with their service. Making the change on your router can help you use the service on all of the devices on your network.