StrongDNS is an offering from the folks at StrongVPN. You can read our review of their VPN service by clicking here. StrongDNS allows you to unblock geo-restricted content. It’s not a VPN, however, so some of the usual variables that go into assessing a VPN service don’t apply to StrongDNS.
Pricing and Plans
StrongDNS offers discounts for signing up for longer terms of service. You can get a twenty-percent discount on the service if you already have a StrongVPN account. The pricing is as follows:
- One month for $5
- Three months for $14
- Six months for $27
- One year for $50
You can pay with credit cards, PayPal or Bitcoin.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
There’s a seven-day free trial with this product. You do have to sign up for a subscription to get it, but you can cancel it within seven days if you’re not happy with it.
Privacy & Anonymity
Logging on this service is minimal, including connection times, bandwidth and duration. The company won’t share this information unless ordered to do so by a court.
This service does not provide encryption, so it should not be used for torrenting.
StrongDNS has the same level of support you’d expect from StrongVPN, which is good. They have extensive instructions on their site, FAQs and a ticketing system to answer questions. There’s an online live support option that becomes available once you sign up for service.
There’s a StrongDNS tool you can use to configure your connection, or you can set up the service manually by configuring your network connection to use the StrongDNS server.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
There are excellent configuration instructions on the SmartDNS site for just about every device and OS. SmartTVs, console games, mobile devices, Kindles and numerous other devices are supported by this service, as are routers.
SmartDNS services do not funnel your traffic through a VPN server, so there is no slowdown to consider here.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
SmartDNS services do not change your IP address. They do, however, change your DNS server addresses. If you have trouble connecting to a site, go to DNSLeakTest.com and check to see if your DNS servers have been changed.
- Windows client
- Unblocks sites worldwide
- Free trial
- Excellent setup instructions
- Good support options
Areas for Improvement
The seven-day free trial would be more tempting without a credit card being required.
StrongDNS is one of many SmartDNS services out there, but it’s good. The Windows client worked well and it offers access to a huge range of different streaming sites. If you’re not worried about encryption and just want to access geo-restricted content, this is a good service to try.