Hulu not working with VPN

Hulu has become very good at blocking VPNs. There’s only two ways to get around this issue:

  1. Get NordVPN ($3.19/month)
    • I’ve just watched the latest episode of Shogun on Hulu in New Zealand using the Dallas #10134 server
    • If you can’t find a server that works, you can try NordVPN’s Meshnet feature. Be warned this will require someone to have Meshnet on their Windows computer in the US.
  2. Use a VPN that can provide you with a Residential IP address – we recommend TorGuard.
    • A residential IP makes it look like you’re connection is coming from a normal household as opposed to a large datacenter.

Where is Hulu available?

The United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Japan.

How to access Hulu in other countries

Method 1: NordVPN

I’ve been using NordVPN to watch Hulu in New Zealand using the Dallas #10134 server. To find this, all you need to do is open the NordVPN app, enter 10134 into the search bar and select the server from those results. NordVPN has a lot of US-based servers so most of them should work, however a rule of thumb I always follow is connect to a server in a city or location that has less people or is less popular. For example, you’ll probably get better results connecting to a server in Dallas, than New York or California.

If you want to guarantee you get an un-blockable US internet connection, you can always use NordVPN’s Meshnet feature. This allows you to reroute all of your internet traffic via a device you own. This means you aren’t sharing any IP’s with anyone else, you aren’t even sharing hardware like servers.

Below is an explanation on how Meshnet works. All you need is a Windows PC located in the US and a device that has NordVPN installed on it.

How to use Meshnet

  1. Download and install the NordVPN app on your device from the official website or your device’s app store.
  2. Open the NordVPN app and log in with your NordVPN account. If you don’t have an account, sign up and choose a subscription.
  3. Find the Meshnet feature in the NordVPN app, which might be under Settings or a separate tab depending on the platform, and enable Meshnet by toggling the switch to the “On” position.
  4. In the Meshnet tab on NordVPN, click Link devices.
  5. Select Link External Devices
  6. Enter the email address of the NordVPN user to invite them to access your connected device
  7. To connect to another device, click or tap on it in the Meshnet list. You may need to enter a code or confirm the connection on the other device, depending on your settings and platform.
  8. Once connected, you can access resources on the connected device as if it were on the same local network, including file sharing, remote desktop, or even gaming servers.

What is NordVPN Meshnet?

NordVPN’s Meshnet is a feature that lets you create a private network, allowing you to directly connect your devices or to friends’ devices over the internet as if they were all on the same local network. This makes it easy to share files, play games, or work on projects together securely, no matter where everyone is located.

It does this by creating secure, private links between your devices as if they were all in the same room. This connection is private and protected, keeping your data safe as it moves between devices.

Hulu VPN error

Method 2: Use a Residential IP

A VPN with a residential IP makes your internet connection look like it’s coming from a regular home, making it less likely to be blocked or restricted by websites. A normal VPN connection might use an IP address that can be easily identified as coming from a VPN, which some websites might block. So, using a residential IP with your VPN is like wearing a really good disguise that makes you blend in with the crowd.

Unfortunately, not many VPNs provide residential IP addresses mainly because of the higher costs and limited availability associated with acquiring them from internet service providers (ISPs). This makes it challenging for VPN providers to offer residential IP addresses while maintaining service affordability.

Fortunately, TorGuard’s Residential IP is pretty good. It’s not the nicest looking app and its quite expensive, but it’s available on all the major devices like iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.

Patch Bowen
Patch Bowen is an accomplished technology journalist with a solid academic foundation, holding a degree from Auckland University. His expertise spans across a range of tech topics, with a notable focus on product reviews, industry trends, and the impact of technology on society. With his work featured on major New Zealand websites like Stuff.co.nz, thebit.nz, and The Press, Patch has established himself as a credible voice in technology media. His articles are known for their detailed analysis and practical insights, particularly in making complex technological concepts understandable for a broad audience. At ReviewsFire, Patch is renowned for his thorough evaluations and clear, informative writing style. He has a knack for identifying and explaining the nuances of the latest gadgets and digital trends, earning him a reputation as a trusted source for tech advice and information.

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