The Real Guide to Setting Up Netflix in NZ
Episode 1 – A New Beginning.
I have been asked by quite a few people to post the true (correct) version of what you need to do to setup Netflix and access to other USA based content providers. A few NZ Tech websites have “borrowed” some of my Netflix setup guides, but as they did not design the original way of doing this they have missed key steps. Remember, ignore the others, this is the original. If you follow the other setup guides you will have issues, as quite a few people have found out and posted on the internet.
Ok enough of a rant, here we go.
Disclaimer: Before we start, you will not be pirating anything here. You will need to pay for subscriptions (like Netflix) so be prepared to spend some money. If you break or mess things up i take no responsibility for anything, do this at your own risk.
So what do you get once you have this all up and working?
You will be able to access content providers that are geo locked for the USA only. This includes services like Netflix, USA ITunes, USA Xbox, Hulu etc. It opens up a new world to all of your gadgets when you can see what our cousins across in America experience. I am personally a huge fan of a device called the Roku (which I will cover in an upcoming article) but this will work for any other device that has a wired or Wi-Fi based connection (Xbox, PS3, iPad, Smartphones, PC, Mac etc.). I mentioned above that this will provide you access to the geo locked content in the USA , you will in fact be able to access content from around the world ( like the BBC) if the VPN provider has Point of Presence (PoP) in that country. More on that soon.
Note: If you have existing accounts (ITunes, Xbox) then you will need to setup new USA based accounts. Right now there is no nice migration path.
Why has this been done?
To be honest I am sure that there is a reason but in this new globally connected world I am struggling to work out why. This is up there with regional based DVDs.
What do I need?
To get this project off the ground you will need a few things.
- Netflix account
- Internet connection
- Compatible router (in addition to your existing internet router)
- An account with a VPN provider
- Device for Netflix playback
Here is a bit more detail on the key components for your project.
- Head over to Netflix.com and register for a 1 month trial account. This will allow you to get started.
- You will need a fixed internet connection. ADSL will work but I would strongly recommend ADSL 2. Conduct a speed test via www.speedtest.net from NZ to San Francisco, you want to be getting about 2 Meg download connection speeds.
- Note: As mentioned above you will use quite a bit of data once you start watching IP TV. I would recommend a minim data cap of 30 GB (I use about 60GB) per month.
- Recommended model is Dlink DIR-600 (Other sites recommend the Dlink DIR-615, stay away from this). The key reason is that the firmware is flakey and you require some additional steps that make it harder than it needs to be.
- You want the B1 or B2 models.
- This device will connect to your existing (primary) ADSL router
- We will be loading new firmware called DD-WRT onto this new router. Whilst the DD-WRT website lists loads of routers I would be very careful as they can be problematic.
- An account with a VPN provider who offers US IP addresses:
- My recommendation is StrongVPN.
- There are others out there and I have tested a few of them but StrongVPN seems to be the best.
Devices for Netflix playback (these will also play other services as well)
Here are just some of the ones I use or have used:
- The Roku is the best in the market.
- PC or Mac
- Xbox or PS3
- Apple TV or iPad
- Windows Phone
- There are many more out there.
Episode 2 will be posted soon.