DNSFlex offers a Smart DNS proxy that offers an in-house OpenVPN app for most devices it supports and can require some manual IPv4/IPv6 configuration.
DNSFlex’s discontinued the VPN for its Total Internet Security plan, so I’ll be explaining the SmartDNS feature only as it works well for streaming and most other common VPN purposes.
In A Hurry? Here Are My Key Findings:
- Streaming services. Smart DNS was easily able to bypass geoblocks for multiple streaming services, including multiple Netflix libraries, Disney+, and 9Now.
- Speeds are lightning-fast. I barely noticed a drop in download speeds at all and my upload speeds increased.
- Security. Offers a variety of security features including DNS/IP leak protection, no-logs, auto IP updater, and more.
- Ease of use. The Smart DNS interface is extremely easy to navigate, including enabling or disabling channels and services. There is some manual configuration of your IPv4 and IPv6 settings but the website contains thorough directions, and DNSFlex offers an in-house app for OpenVPN on most devices it supports.
DNSFlex’s Smart DNS proxy can unblock Netflix, 9Now, Disney+, and more worldwide. I was able to stream buffer-free too, thanks to the lightning-fast servers.
No error message, straight to the log in page, no problems. Other services I was able to access included BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Netflix libraries US, UK, and France were also easy to access and I was able to stream in HD and Ultra HD. I did have some problems with slower speeds when attempting to access the German and Brazilian libraries, reducing my quality to SD.
Smart DNS also allows you to enable or disable preconfigured channels and services in its Favourite section. In fact, it has up to 40 preconfigured sites, so you can easily connect to just about any service.
Since DNSFlex isn’t a VPN, testing speeds for it is a bit different. I first tested my base speeds. Then I set up the service and configured my IPv4 and IPv6 settings, at which point I tested the speeds again. I was pleased to see that my speeds barely dropped, and were more than fast enough for streaming, gaming, and anything else I wanted to do online.
As you can see, I had less than a 20 percent drop in download speeds. The connection is still plenty fast enough to stream in 4K buffer-free.
Is It Good for Gaming? Yes
The low latency servers make it a good choice for gaming. I was able to play Fortnite without lag or freezing.
DNSFlex doesn’t require any personally identifiable information to set up, accepts PayPal, and has a solid no-logs policy. All Smart DNS plans also offer malware and botnet protection, IPv4 and IPv6 support, and secure HTTP and HTTPs proxy. It features OpenVPN TLS/SSL protocols and DNS and IPv6 leak protection.
I also tested the service to find out if it leaked my DNS or IP address. I was happy to find it didn’t leak my IP address or DNS requests.
It isn’t a VPN, they make that pretty clear, so I wasn’t surprised that there’s no option for a kill switch, split-tunneling, option for double VPN, or even a definitive answer for what type of encryption is used. Since they use OpenVPN it’s likely 256-bit but I was unable to confirm that for certain.
|Number of countries with servers||8|
|Number of servers||4|
|Number of IP addresses||4|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||No|
|Number of devices per license||Unlimited|