Enjoying Netflix Instant in your home is a luxury that residents of North America and certain countries in South America and Europe can delight in whenever they want, but it’s not so simple elsewhere.
With that in mind, we here at FlashRouters are going to walk you through the process of accessing the streaming service from countries where the service is not available. Today we’ll be discussing Switzerland.
Netflix in Switzerland
As far as Netflix Instant goes, the news is only good for our friends living in Switzerland.
As you may know, Netflix Instant recently announced a major European expansion which will see the streaming service becoming available in at least six new countries. And wouldn’t you know it? Switzerland made the cut!
But, as the article linked to above makes clear, the expansion won’t occur until later this year. Until then, that leaves residents of Switzerland, people living there on extended business, and people visiting on vacation without access to some of the best movies and hottest TV shows around. That means no Orange Is the New Black second season for Switzerland for longer than most fans could bear.
And, as we know, Netflix Instant caters to a local demographic, which means if you’re an American living abroad in Switzerland, your instant queue is going to look radically different.
Here are some pointers to help people watch Netflix in Switzerland.
Watch Netflix in Switzerland with VPNs
There’s an easy way around this problem and it boils down to three letters: VPN.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that is designed to protect users from malevolent forces on the Internet, be they hackers, identity thieves, or snooping governments.
When you log in to a VPN, all of your information is tunneled through secure servers set up all over the world, thereby allowing you surf the web safely and without fear of compromising the security of you or your family. This very process is what allows you to access geographically restricted material, like Netflix in Switzerland.
All you need to do is log in to your VPN, and pick a server in a country that allows Netflix Instant streaming (such as the USA). Your laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. will then be assigned a new IP address that fools your computer into thinking it’s somewhere else. That’s all it takes. House of Cards, The Avengers, and Orange Is the New Black is now at your fingertips.
Top VPN Providers for Watching Netflix in Switzerland
In our research & extensive VPN testing experience, some of the most consistent connections & best speeds for US-based IP address from Switzerland include IPVanish (owns their own servers), HideMyAss (largest amount of IP addresses, Overplay (easiest to use), and PrivateInternetAccess (lowest monthly price).
Looking for more great router-supported VPN services? This handy DD-WRT & Tomato supported VPN service provider list is prepped and ready to assist.
Best Wireless Routers for Watching Netflix in Switzerland
If you follow the advice above, you’ll certainly be able to access Netflix in Switzerland (or anywhere you’d like), but if you want your streaming experience to be as fluid as possible, you’ll need a FlashRouter.
At FlashRouters, we’re dedicated to offering the most powerful, versatile routers on the market. We accomplish that goal by taking already excellent routers and flashing them with DD-WRT and Tomato firmware.
These replacement firmwares essentially supercharge the routers, making them faster and boosting their functionality. With a DD-WRT or Tomato router, you can monitor your bandwidth and determine how it’s allocated (something very useful for people streaming HD video), extend your wireless range, and access advanced security options.
FlashRouters even improve your VPN experience. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we can send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN right out of the box. No tricky VPN installation processes for you. That’s our kind of leg work.
Better yet, keep your old router and use it in conjunction with your new FlashRouter. Try out the popular dual-router setup, and you can switch easily between your local network (for day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material).
So now that we’ve piqued your interest, you’re probably wondering what routers of ours we recommend the most highly. Well, you could always take a look at our recent best and most popular DD-WRT routers of 2014 list, or our most recent best-sellers list from March, which has some terrific selections.
Right now, we can’t shut up about the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, which is, simply put, the fastest, most powerful router we carry. The popular Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter is definitely recommended as well. If you’re looking for something a little less flashy and more economical without sacrificing quality, the ever-popular Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT Router is always a reliable, steady choice.
Whatever your taste or speed, FlashRouters has got you covered. That’s a guarantee.