It was about a year and a half ago that Netflix finally became available in Ireland, which is good news for our Irish friends, as well as those of us who want to travel to Ireland and still enjoy our favorite streaming movies and shows.
But, as we’ve mentioned in other posts, what’s offered on Netflix in Ireland (and Asia, South America, Canada, Mexico etc.) is decidedly different than what’s offered on Netflix US. There are good reasons for this – demographics are obviously much different, certain movies are kept off streaming services until DVD sales are about maxed out – but that leaves tourists and those who have to move for work in a somewhat uncomfortable position: US tourists in Ireland are left with options that are not necessarily intended for them, and Irish tourists in America are similarly faced with a range of unfamiliar streaming choices.
And you know what? If it’s available on Netflix Instant somewhere in the world, why shouldn’t it be available to you, a Netflix subscriber? Netflix UK has a wonderful selection of movies not available on Netflix Instant in the US; classics like The Godfather, Saving Private Ryan, and The Shawshank Redemption, as well as beloved modern choices like Magic Mike, Wall-E, and Superbad. Likewise, Netflix US offers great streaming movies like Pulp Fiction, The Truman Show, and Manhattan, as well as television favorites Sherlock, Parks and Recreation, and Louie, that are nowhere to be found on Netflix UK.
So why not learn how to explore the full range of Netflix Instant, and get every movie and TV show that could possibly be made available to you? There’s a way to do it, and if you read on, you’ll find out how.
How to Watch Netflix US in Ireland
The solution couldn’t be more simple. All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN service provider.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a subscription based service designed to ensure the security of your online identity. When you log in to your VPN, all of your information is then tunneled through one of the VPN service providers secure servers set up all over the world. This process makes your online info (e-mails, credit card numbers, etc.) unreachable by the more nefarious elements that lurk on the internet.
One of the other effects of this process is that it changes your IP address to one in any country of your choosing. When you log in, you can pick whatever country houses the server that hides your information, and if you pick, say, Ireland, then your computer will effectively be tricked into thinking that it’s in Ireland. Pick a US-based server, and your computer will think you’re in the US.
This means that if you’re vacationing in Ireland, and you want to watch Netflix US (which is not accessible from Ireland), all you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based IP address, and voila! You’ll be enjoying shows and movies from back home before you know it.
Popular VPN providers in Ireland for US IP addresses include Overplay, HideMyAss VPN, Strong VPN, IPVanish VPN, and PrivateInternetAccess VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the VPN that best suits your needs.
And How Can FlashRouters Help Me Use a US VPN from Ireland?
At this point, you’re probably wondering where FlashRouters enters the picture. Well, leaving aside the fact that our routers are all flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware – replacement firmwares that super-charge already speedy, powerful routers – FlashRouters devices come equipped with built-in VPN connectivity. DD-WRT is preferred for users looking for PPTP and Tomato firmware is the premiere way to connect with OpenVPN.
Built-in VPN connectivity is an incredible time-and-money saver for FlashRouters customers, because it saves you the time, trouble, and resources necessary for installing VPN configurations on your router (if that is even possible). Getting VPN connected on your router can be difficult, aggravating, and costly, especially if you take all of the time trying to do it on your own, only to end up bricking your router. Believe us, it is not worth the hassle or heartache, and it’s better left to our professional technicians.
And there’s more! Using a FlashRouters device allows you to connect multiple devices to one VPN connection! No need for extra subscriptions. You can even hook up your old router to your new router and use the popular dual router set-up. This allows you to switch back and forth between a local network and your VPN with incredible ease.
Some of our more popular routers for Ireland-based customers include the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router, which is probably our best overall DD-WRT router. There’s also the tremendous Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, which towers ominously over the competition with full OpenVPN and PPTP support. And how could we forget the up-and-coming Asus RT-AC66U Wireless AC DD-WRT Router, which offers probably the most mind-blowing speeds imaginable?
Check out the most popular open-source firmware routers and VPN service provider set-ups for June right here! And while you’re speeding up your network and allowing yourself the freedom to watch Netflix US from Ireland or anywhere else, why not take a visit to our media device shop? You can pick up a Roku or Apple TV and make your viewing experience complete!
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