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Overplay is now StrongVPN as they acquired this small VPN provider to offer even better services. You can read our StrongVPN review here.
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Overplay has earned its place among the top 10 VPN providers on the market for a variety of reasons. It has a large server base all over the world, which guarantees great speeds and reliability, it provides good security and privacy, and features an extensive support area.
OverPlay has custom software clients for Windows and Mac. To start using their services, you have to download the appropriate client for your operating system from their website, which is rather easy to use and navigate. You can also manually configure Overplay VPN on Android, iOs, and Tomato and DD-WRT routers.
After signing up for an account, Overplay will send you an email with your username and password, which you will then use to connect to their network. The installation process is pretty straightforward, as well as using the client.
Performance and Reliability
As soon as you download and install the client, you can connect to a server of your choosing, which only takes a moment. Switching between servers and locations is just as easy and quick.
As for the speeds, we were quite satisfied, even when connecting to servers that were not exactly near our location. Of course, you will definitely want to use a server that is the closest to where you are located in order to get the best results in terms of speed.
SmartDNS is just as simple and efficient and it does a great job in allowing people in certain countries, such as China, the ability to access any website or web service they want.
Overplay seems to be highly committed to giving their customers the same amount of protection and access no matter what platform they use. Hence, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, or even a custom router or XBOX360, this service has your back. The software seems to work equally well on all platforms.
The most important trait of this particular VPN service provider is the fact they offer you a choice between SmartDNS and SmartDNS + VPN. The difference is that one allows you to access blocked content and the other does the same thing but also makes your sessions anonymous and protects you while you are online.
OverPlay boasts over 650 servers in more than 50 countries. It’s probably safe to say that you will definitely be able to connect to any country you want with this kind of coverage
Your Internet connection can finally run at its full speed because a VPN can prevent your ISP from throttling your Internet connection. Of course, there is always some speed loss when you connect through VPN, but in the case of OverPlay, it’s really only slight.
This VPN service is compatible with most platforms and operating systems, as well as with custom routers and game consoles like Xbox 360. You can set up two simultaneous connections, one for your computer and the other for your mobile device.
You can decide whether you want a virtual IP address from one of the 650 servers or a shared IP address for even more privacy.
There is no cap on speed and downloads, and you can also switch between regions and particular servers without any limitations, which gives you a lot of flexibility.
The company boasts military-grade encryption and you can choose between some of the best protocols right now – OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP. There is Wi-Fi protection against hackers and intruders and customers can also use VoIP (Voice over IP) to save money on long-distance calls.
Peer-to-peer traffic is allowed, which is definitely great news for those interested in downloading torrents.
Security and Privacy
Fortunately for its users, Overplay is one of the VPN/SmartDNS providers that takes the matters of security and privacy very seriously.
Since Overplay offers its users SmartDNS, for those who simply want to be able to access any website from any location in the world, and SmartDNS+VPN, which does the same thing but also provides encryption and security, it’s up to you to decide whether you need encryption for any reason.
If you need encryption, you should definitely go with the SmartDNS+VPN. Overplay uses the OpenVPN protocol as its default protocol but you can also choose between protocols such as PPTP and L2TP.
Overplay has a nice support page with separate FAQs for DNS and VPN, for setup and for billing, and a section with service news. If you don’t find your answers and problem solutions there, you can always make use of the company’s email support. Before contacting support, you will be required to write down your question along with some personal details, after which you will receive your answer within 24 hours.
Both SmartDNS and SmartDNS+VPN packages come in two different payment plans. The one-month SmartDNS plan costs $4.95 whereas the one-year subscription costs $49.95.
The SmartDNS+VPN package for one month is $9.95. The yearly subscription costs $99.95.
Unfortunately, Overplay does not offer a free trial. They do, however, have a 5-day money back guarantee, which is enough time to test their services and determine whether they can meet your needs.
Overplay Pros & Cons
As we wrap up this Overplay review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.
- No cap on speed and downloads
- No logs kept
- Great platform compatibility
- Good speeds and reliability
- No free trial
- Based in the UK
- No live chat support
- No Wire Transfer option for payment