Smart DNS Proxy is one of best SmartDNS services we have tested so far and are absolutely fantastic for streaming! Be aware that being a SmartDNS service it doesn't provide any security like a VPN - you can read about the difference between the two types of services here.
Note: We've recently launched an entire website about SmartDNS. Please check that for more detailed information about SmartDNS services.
Pricing and Plans
Smart DNS Proxy, similarly to 90% of the VPN and SmartDNS providers out there, has one set plan with increasing discounts the longer you sign up for. Unlike the other providers though they also have a 24 month plan which comes in at only $2.08/month. This is a great price for a SmartDNS service.
Smart DNS Proxy also provides a fantastic 14 day free trial that doesn't require you to enter any sensitive/payment information. Annual subscriptions also come with a 30 day money back guarantee which is great to hear. The only thing to be careful of is that once an annual subscription expires it will change to a recurring monthly plan.
Smart DNS Proxy provides you with unblocking of 6 popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Vevo and YouTube. Alongside this they provide access to 133 Video and Music streaming services in 32 countries - of course Netflix, Hulu and iPlayer are included in this list.
To be able to achieve all this great unlocking they have 400 servers around the world with 4 DNS IPs which are the load balancers. The servers also help with redundancy and to maintain the reliability of speeds and availability of the service
You are able to use the SmartDNS with any number of devices, as long as you have the same IP address (connected to the same network) but if you want to use it at multiple locations at the same time you will have to purchase another account.
Smart DNS Proxy is a brand of Global Stealth Inc which is based in the Seychelles in order to protect it's customers. Global Stealth Inc is part of Cakinberk Telekom who previously ran BoxPN and also owns GetFlix - meaning they have plenty of experience in running VPN and DNS networks.
Security and Privacy
Since Smart DNS Proxy is only a SmartDNS provider, it is of no surprise that they do not provide any kind of security when it comes to connection of the service.
The Smart DNS Proxy website is really well designed - not only is it easy to navigate it is also easy to find all the details. The only thing we can really criticise on it is the animation in the top banner - it's too slow and distracting. They also keep their social networks up to date with networking information as well as streaming and TV series related news.
Smart DNS Proxy has 2 types of support: live chat and ticket/email.
The live chat is very quick to reply and very helpful, however, they are less knowledgeable about the technical aspects of the company and are mainly there for general questions. The ticket support fills in this gap, by having a multi-tier support system, and is just as helpful and supportive.
Signing up to Smart DNS Proxy requires your Full name, email address and a password. For the 14 day free trial you do not need to enter any payment information but there after you will need to. It's no surprise that they do not accept any secure payment types such as Bitcoin since the service is aimed for streaming and not for security.
The Windows VPN client
Unlike some other SmartDNS providers, Smart DNS Proxy doesn't have it's own client. This is good because it means your computer doesn't get clogged up with unnecessary software, but bad because if your IP changes (the frequency of which depends on your ISP) you need to visit their website. In order to solve the latter problem they have a webpage you can bookmark which will update your IP automatically. A great feature of Smart DNS Proxy, that we haven't seen elsewhere is that once you connect to your chosen server you can watch any streaming services without having to change any settings. As mentioned they have a number of servers around the world in order to help provide you the best speeds.
Performance (Speed, DNS and IP Test)
As discussed, Smart DNS Proxy doesn't protect your IP address so we saw our own IP when doing the IP test. We were very pleased with the DNS leak test, as unlike some other providers the only result was the DNS that we were required to set up. Since there is no encryption, it was also no surprise that there was virtually no speed drop in the system and this remained consistent no matter what device or streaming service we were using.
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The big advantage of SmartDNS over a VPN is that it is able to support a larger range of devices due to do it's every day common use. Smart DNS Proxy fully utilises this fact and therefore has set up guides for a large range of devices including routers, computers, set top boxes, games consoles and even Smart TVs. We gave it a test on both our SmartTV and Router, both of which were easy to set up, and as expected it caused absolutely no issues and we didn't notice a difference in internet speed or streaming quality.
Overall Smart DNS Proxy is probably the best SmartDNS company that we have tested so far thanks to it's low prices, ease of use and great support. While some people may be put off by it's lack of software/apps with regards to SmartDNS (especially the way they have implemented it) we think this is great.
- Extremely easy to set up
- No need to keep changing settings
- Good support
- Great speeds
- Fantastic Value
We weren’t so sure about
- A VPN service would also be welcome