Getting started



What is a VPN & what can I use it for ?

Setup guide – Start here

If you are looking to play unblocked content (like USA Netflix) on a Smart TV or media device (like AppleTV, Roku, PS4 etc), we strongly recommend purchasing one of our Invizbox mini routers. You simply plug this device into your modem / router, and then connect your smart TV or Media device to the new wireless network that will appear, and it will then be running over the VPN (USA by default, but can be changed), and you will be able to access unblocked content (like USA Netflix). We supply the device configured with you VPN credentials, ready to just plug in.

Alternatively, if you want to configure the VPN on a single device (Smartphone, PC, tablet, Mac etc), here’s a guide to get you started.We support 2 different types of VPN :
OpenVPN – This should be your first choice. Its the fastest, and most reliable VPN type. If you know what you’re doing, jump in and download the config files from here or here.
L2TP – quick and simple to configure on IOS devices (iphone & iPad) & Mac

You will find the instructions and videos showing you how to configure your device in our knowledge base, (search for you device type ie ‘Windows’ or ‘iphone’ ). For each type of setup, you will need to copy and paste the username (your email) and password which you can find on your dashboard on our site. For L2TP you will also need to enter the ‘shared secret’ which is  happiness
You can setup multiple VPN clients on your device, and switch between them. The table below shows the different servers and what they are used for. You can use either VPN type on each server. 

 Servername
 Use for
usa.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking US content (Netflix, Hulu)
usatv.vanishedvpn.com
USA TV channels (NBC, CBS, Starz, Vudu, Sling TV etc)
sport.vanishedvpn.com
Fubo.tv, hotstar.com ,EPL, F1, Cricket, Sling TV
uk.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking UK content (BBC iPlayer, ITV.com, NOW TV, Sky GO, Channel 4 etc)
aus.vanishedvpn.com
Secure browsing, Access to Aus channels while travelling outside Australia (Foxtel Go, Plus 7, 9 Now, Ten Play). Access to Aus Netflix to avoid throttling by your ISP
p2p.vanishedvpn.com
P2P & Bit Torrent – These servers are based in a location where the laws on Bit Torrent are liberal. Bit Torrent is disabled on all other servers.
india.vanishedvpn.com
hotstar.com, sonyliv.com
spain.vanishedvpn.com
Netflix
france.vanishedvpn.com
Netflix
swiss.vanishedvpn.com
SRF Swissinfo
korea.vanishedvpn.com
Netflix, MMO region locked games, shopping
safrica.vanishedvpn.com
Netflix, Showmax,DSTV, MNET
italy.vanishedvpn.com
Netflix, Sky

Common setup issues

Common setup issues
Before you start, please check these common setup issues.

Location
If you’re using our Service to access geoblocked content (such as Netflix US), it’s important that your device is not passing any location information that Netflix can use to detect your actual location.
Make sure that location settings are disabled on your device or browser (if you’re using a Mac or PC). See here for guides on Android, IOS & Browsers.

DNS
Your device and / or router may have been configured to use local DNS servers (such as Telstra or Optus). This will give away your location. We recommend that DNS settings on your device and router are set to the following (openDNS servers). You will find this under your network settings.

Primary 208.67.222.222 and  Secondary 208.67.220.220

Ensure that there’s nothing on your device or router configured to ‘obtain DNS automatically’. If there is, untick it.
Completely remove any other unblocking solutions (PIA, Hola , Getflix etc)If you have used another unblocking solution before, you need to completely remove it (not just disable it), as some run in the background on your machine, and they will interfere, and stop our solution working.

Connect to the right server
Make sure you connect to the right server for the content / activity that you require. Here’s a high level guide:

 Servername Use for
usa.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking US content (Netflix, Hulu, Starz, Vudu, Sling TV, NBC etc)
sport.vanishedvpn.com
EPL, F1, Cricket, Sling TV
uk.vanishedvpn.com
Unblocking UK content (BBC iPlayer, ITV.com, NOW TV, Sky GO, Channel 4 etc)
aus.vanishedvpn.com
Secure browsing, Access to Aus channels while travelling outside Australia (Foxtel Go, Plus 7, 9 Now, Ten Play)

Username & Passwords
99% of the setup issues that we have relate to typos in the setup of VPN clients. Its important that you copy and paste the credentials that you will be sent by email into the fields on your VPN client. Also, copy and paste the VPN server name.

Disconnect from any other VPNs
A VPN works by creating a secure tunnel through the internet. If you’re already connected to a VPN (maybe for work, or with a previous VPN provider), you won’t be able to connect to ours. Its also possible that if you were using another unblocking service or VPN provider, some of their config is still in the device, and it may prevent our solution from working. We recommend that you remove any config from other providers. If you’ve used Hola in the past , you’ll need to completely remove it (disabling is not sufficient as it works in the background)

Test it out
Providing that you’ve configured the client correctly, you should be able to connect to the VPN client. Once connected, test out the Service that you require.
Lets use US netflix as an example.

Connect to usa.vanishedvpn.com

Go to netflix.com on your browser, or use the Netflix app on your device.

You should see the US catalogue. We suggest searching for the TV series ‘friends’ or ‘breaking bad’ (both are only available in the US).

Try and play.
If you are connected to the US VPN, and you still see the local catalogue, ensure that ‘send all traffic over VPN’ is selected on the VPN client (under advanced on Mac).
If you are presented with an error, we suggest trying on another device. If it doesn’t work on both devices, its probably an issue with your router. Ensure that the router DNS settings are configured as we suggested above.

Finally, if you’ve tried all of these things, and are still getting errors, you can contact our support team via our site here, or via the chat on our site. Please ensure that you provide as much detail about the issue that you are experiencing including :

Device

Are you a new or existing customer

What site are you trying to access (ie Netflix US)

Which VPN server are you connected to

What’s the error message that you’re getting.

Don’t worry, in 99% of the cases , there is something simple that needs changing, and once you’re setup, everything will work fine.

Antivirus

Sometimes your Antivirus or Firewall software interferes with normal OpenVPN functioning.

1. Disable your Antivirus/Firewall.

2. Add OpenVPN exception in your Antivirus/Firewall.
3. Restart OpenVPN.
4. Connect OpenVPN to VPN server. 

This will fix it. Now you can enable Antivirus/Firewall protection.