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5 Best Smart DNS for Windows

In the expanding world of the internet it’s no surprise that people are turning so SmartDNS services so that they can watch all the channels that they want.

Microsoft launched it’s first operating system (MS-DOS) in 1985. Since then it has massively overtaken the market and currently has over 90% market share with all their operating systems combined.  The most popular of these is Windows 7 but their latest OS (Windows 8) has recently passed the 15% market share. While Microsoft’s mobile platform is nowhere near as popular, market dominance on such a large scale is very hard to ignore.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that each and every SmartDNS provider has at least a set-up guide for using their service with your Windows PC. Whether it’s Windows XP or Windows 8.1. On top of this many will start supporting SmartDNS for Microsoft 10 as soon as it is released. This makes it very difficult to chose the right one for you.

Luckily we have done all of the hard work for you and selected the 5 Best SmartDNS’ to use with your Windows device. We’ve taken into consideration many important factors such as ease of use, support and price. Have a look at our list below, with brief summaries and if you like what you see sign up today, or read their in-depth review by clicking the relevant link.

Summary

Rank Provider Score Price Link

1

Unblock-Us Logo

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$4.99/month Visit Site >

2

UnoTelly Logo

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$4.95/month Visit Site >

3

Blockless Logo

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$4.95/month Visit Site >

4

CactusVPN Logo

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$4.99/month Visit Site >

5

HideIPVPN Logo

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$4.95/month Visit Site >
Winner

Unblock-Us

4,9/5

  • PROS
  • Free trial
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Lot of channels and set-up guides
  • 19 Netflix regions
  • CONS
  • No live support
  • No DDNS

Unblock-Us is by far and large the most known SmartDNS provider around. This is not surprising as they are fantastic all round and if you check their public support page then you can see that 90%+ of the feedback left is positive. Their client is extremely easy to use and nestles itself in your taskbar making sure that you’re streaming service is always up and running.

Unfortunately there isn’t a live support but their ticket support answers extremely quick so this shouldn’t cause an issue in too many cases. For those that prefer something a bit more ‘techy’ and lots of settings then unfortunately they won’t be much help as the main beauty of their service lies behind it’s simplicity.

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2nd place

UnoTelly

4,7/5

UnoTelly Logo

  • PROS
  • Great region switching
  • Free trial & money-back guarantee
  • Lot of devices and channels
  • CONS
  • Access only from one IP

If you want to watch a lot of content in different countries than UnoTelly/UnoDNS should be your choice. The simple reason for this, is their Dynamo service which allows you to change the geo-location/ region for a lot of channels and not just for Netflix – unlike with some providers. Their client is very well designed with some nice added features, and it also allows you to chose which DNS Server of their you wish to use in order to achieve the best speeds.

On the downside, they also only allow access from 1 IP address and we wish their Terms of Service was slightly more detailed.

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3rd place

Blockless

4,7/5

Blockless Logo

  • PROS
  • 7 day free trial
  • SmartVPN & AdBlocker
  • Access from 2 IPs
  • CONS
  • Software could be improved a bit

Blockless’ SmartDNS is a little bit different from the others but in a good way. Firstly their SmartDNS has AdBlocker so you can get rid of some of those pesky advertisements. Secondly they also have a SmartVPN which helps overcome problems with DNS Hijacking and also means that you can stream from two different IPs.

While they do have their own software it doesn’t change your DNS settings for you which is slightly annoying. Despite this small issue, all other areas of the service are absolutely perfect and they make a good choice as a SmartDNS for Windows.

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4th place

CactusVPN

4,7/5

CactusVPN Logo

  • PROS
  • Good clients
  • Free trial
  • Great support
  • CONS
  • Proxy only available to VPN users
  • Limited setup guides

CactusVPN has great SmartDNS software for both Windows and Mac. It allows you to define some advanced settings such as launching when your computer starts, as well as selecting the DNS server you wish to use.

The downside is that you have to select your Netflix region on their website and they only have UK and US. Their setup guides are easy to follow albeit few in numbers. They provide access to 131 channels which is not the most we’ve seen but overall CactusVPN has a fantastic SmartDNS service.

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5th place

HideIPVPN

4,7/5

HideIPVPN Logo

  • PROS
  • Free trial & money back guarantee
  • CONS
  • Access from 1 IP

HideIPVPN’s SmartDNS service is very similar to that of CactusVPN. Overall they get plenty of points for great support, value and having a fantastic well rounded package.

They only allows access from one IP but this shouldn’t deter too many people and they are a superb contender as a SmartDNS for Windows.

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SmartDNS Considerations for Windows

Using SmartDNS on Windows is relatively easy and not matter which provider you chose you will be provided with more than adequate support in order to get up and running. While it is extremely easy to set up, a nice piece of software is always appreciated to help you along.

Setting up SmartDNS on Windows

While most providers have software for Windows so people might still like to configure it manually. This guide shows how you can do this on Windows 7 but the steps for Windows Vista and Windows 8 will be very similar. If you’re stuck you can also as your provider

  1. Validate your IP address on the providers website
  2. In the task bar, right click your connection and select Open Network and Sharing Center
    Windows_SmartDNS_Setup_1
  3. Select Change Adapter Settings
    Windows_SmartDNS_Setup_2
  4. Right click your active connection and select Properties. You will need Administrator privileges in order to be able to do this
    Windows_SmartDNS_Setup_3
  5. Select TCP/IPV4 and click Properties
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  6. Select Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the DNS server IPs that your provider gives you. Make sure that Validate settings upon exit is also select
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  7. Click OK and OK again and you will be set up. Your system might need restarting at this point.

Conclusion

We have outlined and briefly summaries all the SmartDNS providers that not only give great support for Windows but also some very helpful software. If you’d like to learn more about each provider then visit their review. Alternatively use the summary table below to visit your favourite provider and purchase your SmartDNS account today.

Summary

Rank Provider Score Price Link

1

Unblock-Us Logo

Read Review
$4.99/month Visit Site >

2

UnoTelly Logo

Read Review
$4.95/month Visit Site >

3

Blockless Logo

Read Review
$4.95/month Visit Site >

4

CactusVPN Logo

Read Review
$4.99/month Visit Site >

5

HideIPVPN Logo

Read Review
$4.95/month Visit Site >

Peter Selmeczy Written by Peter Selmeczy

Pete is a techy who enjoys streaming content throughout the day, watching new series, and attending movie premiers. Living in Budapest means that I've always got UnblockUs switched on so I can stream any content I want.

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