What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) ?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an increasingly popular form of proxy for security, to stay private on the net and to allow you have a local IP address. A VPN is about creating a private network or tunnel over the public network "internet".
A VPN is useful to users who are looking for a local IP. By using our VPN hosting package you can get a local IP on your machine or device, so it will be appear to rest of the world as if you are from that country.
A VPN Connection is also an attractive option for people concerned about their security and privacy.
What does a VPN connection give me?
- Get access to local web-sites that offer TV and radio catch-up services and other media.
- Watch local TV online whilst abroad.
- Provides a layer of security and privacy
- Prevents local Internet Service Provider from regulating your connection.
- Prevents harassment from people tracking you by your IP address.
- Safe/encrypted connection between your computer and the Internet.
- Access blocked sites and bypass proxy and content filters.
Do you offer a free trial?
No we don't - sorry. We will however provide a full refund if you have any issues with the service, or change your mind within the first month.
What protection do I have?
We only accept PayPal Subscriptions. This means that a) we never get involved with any of your personal information, credit card details or bank accounts and b) you are protected by PayPal, if you are in any way unhappy with the service and feel we are not responding, simply dispute the payment in PayPal. This immediately removes the payment from our account.
So exactly what can I access using your service?
More and more media is being made available on line every day:
My Expat Telly gives you a one stop directory of dozens of online TV websites.
How can I watch programs on my TV rather than my PC, Mac or mobile device?
A) Use a Cable
It depends on which cables you require but pc/mac-tv-connect have all the solutions. A basic cable kit can be bought from TV Cables and once you're connected the quality of the picture is exactly like your TV at home.
We are often asked if there are alternatives to using a cable to hook up your PC/Mac or Mobile Device to your TV to watch your favorite programs from home. Well now there is!
The Sabai Router will give you a US internet connection via WiFi throughout your home. We collaborate with Sabai Technology to promote a range of VPN Routers. This gives you the ability to extend the US IP location, to access IP restricted content and websites using any device within your household, including Smart TV, Games Consoles, Roku, and Apple TV. In summary, Sabai Technology's VPN wireless routers utilizes your My Expat Network VPN service to create a home US VPN network.
C) DD-WRT Router
DD-WRT is an open source project aimed at developing a Linux based firmware solution that removes the restrictions placed on routers by their default programming. Installing DD-WRT on your router gives it the full functionality of a business grade router, but without the cost, including the ability add a VPN configuration and therefore enable it to be a VPN gateway.
Flashing’ is the process of changing or upgrading the firmware (built in programming) of a hardware device. Not all routers can be flashed with DD-WRT, but there is an increasingly long list of ones that can, with models by Linksys, Buffalo Technology and Belkin so prominent they have started to include DD-WRT as the default firmware on some of their models. A full list of DD-WRT compatible models is available from the official DD-WRT website.
We support DD-WRT routers with a download of the open VPN Configuration.
This is very technical and we would strongly recommend purchasing a preinstalled DD-WRT or the Sabai Router detailed above which has developed their own user friendly version.
Roku www.roku.com/ - VERY IMPORTANT
If you do decide on the router option and you don't have a lot of preloaded apps on your TV, one of the best devices to use is a Roku. Simply put it is a Streaming Player with it's own channel selection that can connect your TV to your wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. Using the router and streamer together with our VPN service will deliver the available on-line content from your country. The specific channels can be found at www.roku.com/now-playing
What is the difference between a paid service like My Expat Network and the available free services?
Since bandwidth isn't free, the free services cover their costs by serving you advertisements; that means that when you are visiting web pages, you'll see extra advertising inserted into the web pages you're viewing. This can be very invasive to your viewing enjoyment.
When you subscribe to My Expat Network, yes you pay a monthly subscription but you can access any available content advertisement free and with no distractions or annoyances.