Common setup issues

Before you start, please check these common setup issues.

Location
If you’re using our Service to access geoblocked content (such as Netflix US), it’s important that your device is not passing any location information that Netflix can use to detect your actual location.
Make sure that location settings are disabled on your device or browser (if you’re using a Mac or PC). See 
here for guides on Android, IOS & Browsers

DNS
Your device and / or router may have been configured to use local DNS servers (such as Telstra or Optus). This will give away your location. We recommend that DNS settings on your device and router are set to the following (openDNS servers). You will find this under your network settings.

Primary 208.67.222.222 and  Secondary 208.67.220.220

Ensure that there’s nothing on your device or router configured to ‘obtain DNS automatically’. If there is, untick it.

Connect to the right server
Make sure you connect to the right server for the content / activity that you require. Here’s a high level guide:


 Servername  Use for
usa.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking US content (Netflix, Hulu, Starz, Vudu, Sling TV, NBC etc)
sport.vanishedvpn.com
EPL, F1, Cricket, Sling TV
uk.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking UK content (BBC iPlayer, ITV.com, NOW TV, Sky GO, Channel 4 etc)
aus.vanishedvpn.com
Secure browsing, Access to Aus channels while travelling outside Australia (Foxtel Go, Plus 7, 9 Now, Ten Play)


  
Username & Passwords
99% of the setup issues that we have relate to typos in the setup of VPN clients. Its important that you copy and paste the credentials that you will be sent by email into the fields on your VPN client. Also, copy and paste the VPN server name.

Disconnect from any other VPNs
A VPN works by creating a secure tunnel through the internet. If you’re already connected to a VPN (maybe for work, or with a previous VPN provider), you won’t be able to connect to ours. Its also possible that if you were using another unblocking service or VPN provider, some of their config is still in the device, and it may prevent our solution from working. We recommend that you remove any config from other providers. If you’ve used Hola in the past , you’ll need to completely remove it (disabling is not sufficient as it works in the background)

Test it out
Providing that you’ve configured the client correctly, you should be able to connect to the VPN client. Once connected, test out the Service that you require.
Lets use US netflix as an example.

Connect to usa.vanishedvpn.com

Go to netflix.com on your browser, or use the Netflix app on your device.

You should see the US catalogue. We suggest searching for the TV series ‘friends’ or the movie ‘minions’ (both are only available in the US).

Try and play.
If you are connected to the US VPN, and you still see the local catalogue, ensure that ‘send all traffic over VPN’ is selected on the VPN client (under advanced on Mac).
If you are presented with an error, we suggest trying on another device. If it doesn’t work on both devices, its probably an issue with your router. Ensure that the router DNS settings are configured as we suggested above.

Note - You will connect to the US servers via a Server in Sydney .The reason for this is to improve the streaming experience. If you check any of the DNS sites, it will say that you’re in Sydney. This is correct (your connection then gets routed to the US servers behind the scenes).
Finally, if you’ve tried all of these things, and are still getting errors, you can contact our support team via our site here, or via the chat on our site. Please ensure that you provide as much detail about the issue that you are experiencing including :

Device

Are you a new or existing customer

What site are you trying to access (ie Netflix US)

Which VPN server are you connected to

What’s the error message that you’re getting.

Don’t worry, in 99% of the cases , there is something simple that needs changing, and once you’re setup, everything will work fine.