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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 2019-10-02, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Question setting up 2nd Router with Smart DNS on ShawCable network.


Looking for some advice and direction as there are so many different opinions online (LOL), I have lurked on Digitial Home for years until today.

We have Shaw Cable Internet 300 which comes in to our house via a Bridged Hitron Cable Modem to a Asus RT-AC3100.

We currently have Unblock US Smart DNS with the DNS change at this Router. We have few streaming devices including Apple TV, Roku and of course laptops etc.

About a year ago, we lost the ability to use Netflix on the Roku due to their VPN flag. My understanding was, until that point, Netflix was picking up the Canadian IP of the Roku, but we watch other channels almost every night on other devices. I also have to connect to a VPN for my employer sometimes.

I'm looking at a second router, so one which would have Smart DNS (if thats possible) or VPN, while the other use a Shaw DNS. This way we could watch Canadian Streaming TV and Netflix, but still have SmartDNS or VPN for other channels by connecting to the 2nd wifi network.

Is this even possible with Shaw? I've read it is, then it isn't, as you have to request a second IP (Business accounts only). Would you have to request a second IP?

Would Smart DNS cause issues with the primary router? I know lots of people have had issues with Unblock US, but the channel we watch has pretty much always worked.

Should I stick with Smart DNS, or am I going to have more success with a VPN Service?

I assume I would connect the 2nd (DNS/VPN) router to the first via an Ethanet cable?

Anyone done this with Shaw Cable? Any flags? I want to be sure I can do this before I buy another medium- high end (if thats necessary) modem.

Many thanks, hope it all makes sense.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 2019-10-02, 11:16 AM
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Most routers have the ability to specify the DNS servers manually so that shouldn't be an issue. Some routers have the ability to support third party VPN as well. Check the user guide of the make and model for that.

Single device VPN, such as that for between a PC and employer, should be possible using a PC client such as OpenVPN.
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