NordVPN VS Smart DNS Proxy

UPDATED Aug. 2018
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Smart DNS Proxy and NordVPN both fall into the category of top-tier VPN providers, which is why it is not a least bit surprising that so many people have a hard time deciding which of these two VPNs to sign up for. One way to decide is to look at specific areas of service and see which of them does better.

Smart DNS Proxy
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Highlights

Smart DNS Proxy
Smart DNS Proxy offers an interesting combo of Smart DNS and a VPN. The Smart DNS service is there to provide blazing fast speeds while streaming and the VPN allows you to stay safe and anonymous with strong encryption and zero logs.
  • Excellent speeds
  • Rather affordable
  • 14-day free trial
  • Allows torrenting
NordVPN
NordVPN has some of the best speeds in the VPN business and plenty of attractive features to offer to its clients, including an excellent security suite and various dedicated servers in more than 60 countries across the globe.
  • Double encryption
  • P2P-friendly
  • Netflix servers
  • 3,500+ servers

Compare Prices

Company
1 Month
3 Months
6 Months
1 Year
2 Years
Smart DNS Proxy
1 Month
$4.90
3 Months
$4.30
6 Months
/
1 Year
$3.32
2 Years
$2.08
NordVPN
1 Month
$11.95
3 Months
/
6 Months
/
1 Year
$5.75
2 Years
$3.29
* The prices shown represent the cost of one month within different subscriptions. To see all available plans and pricing options, check individual reviews.

Compare Features

Smart DNS Proxy
Based In
Poland
Number Of Servers
29
Number Of Countries
40
Protocols
OpenVPN, STP, IKEv1, IKEv2, L2TP, PPTP
Encryption
AES-256
Simultaneous Connections
5
Logs Policy
no logs
Dedicated IP
Killswitch
DNS Leak Protection
Allows Torrenting
Torrenting Servers
SmartDNS
NordVPN
Based In
Panama
Number Of Servers
3557
Number Of Countries
61
Protocols
OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP and IPSec
Encryption
256-bit AES (double encryption)
Simultaneous Connections
6
Logs Policy
no logs
Dedicated IP
Killswitch
DNS Leak Protection
Allows Torrenting
Torrenting Servers
SmartDNS

Supported Devices

Smart DNS Proxy
Windows
OS X
Linux
Android
iOS
Xbox
Router
NordVPN
Windows
OS X
Linux
Android
iOS
Router

Compare Ratings

Smart DNS Proxy
FINAL RATING
9.4/10
Anonymity
Reliability
Performance
Features
Support
Value For Money
NordVPN
FINAL RATING
9.8/10
Anonymity
Reliability
Performance
Features
Support
Value For Money

Compare User Reviews

Smart DNS Proxy
  • Submitted By Bilou on 01/11/2018
    Review: I've tested many DNS proxy and VPN providers for hours to test features & VPN configuration over different protocols in order to reach the best streaming performance from South Africa and SmartDNS proxy turned out to be the fastest but also the easiest to set up on a DD-WRT based router whether for basic DNS proxy or VPN using the standard DD-WRT openvpn client interface. For me the advantages / limitations noticed are as follow: SmartDNS proxy (proxy only) pros: - easy to set up - automatic update features available for DD-WRT routers - works with netflix (intermittent disruptions due to Netflix ban engine probably that kicks in sometimes) - works with europe / us tv channels cons: - intermittent disruptions noted on Netflix which "detects proxy" SmartDNS proxy using their VPN engine: pros: - fastest & stable of all VPN providers tested - easy and straightforward OpenVPN protocol configuration on DD-WRT - app on iOS does 100% the job - works 100% with European TV channels (better and faster than using just a DNS proxy despite the encryption involved) cons: - does not work with Netflix (when using OpenVPN)
  • Submitted By Tim Rickson on 10/24/2017
    the vpn is a joke but smart dns is as good as it gets
  • Submitted By Allan Dawson on 08/21/2017
    Really great smart DNS, but I have no idea what they were trying to do with this VPN thingy.
NordVPN
  • Submitted By Cayo Medeiros on 08/09/2018
    I signed up on NordVPN after reading good reviews in different websites. The problem in those reviews though is that they are written based on shallow usage, the reviewers usually just installed to test it out and uninstalled afterwards. My recommendation as a real customer is: don't go for them. Their VPN doesn't work for multiple sites I've tried. And it's not that the website blocks all VPNs cause another VPN provider worked properly on those sites (not telling which as I'm not affiliated to them in any way.). And even after telling them that the websites X , Y and Z didn't work with them but worked with their competitor they wouldn't refund me because their TOS says so. Ridiculous. They advertise something, we buy it, they don't deliver and also don't refund us even partially. So I'm doing what I can: writing reviews everywhere to help people avoid falling in the same trap I did. --
  • Submitted By Thomas Brown on 12/14/2017
    Nord is definitely one of the best VPNs right now. Most people complain about the price, but it’s actually not that high, there are tons of lousy services that charge the same. Trust me, it’s worth it.
  • Submitted By Freddie Kelly on 11/27/2017
    Dedicated P2P servers – that’s all I need to know. Plus, it’s fast, so seems pretty perfect to me.
  • Submitted By Molly Holder on 08/22/2017
    It’s not as user-friendly as I though. The basics are fine, but I don’t understand anything about the protocols, they should explain it better because not everyone knows how these things work.

Winner

NordVPN offers great speeds, lightweight services, and an excellent client to everyone looking to improve their privacy and access restricted websites and media just about anywhere in the world.