How to switch between servers using FBVPN

In this tutorial I will show you how to switch between the different FBVPN servers currently available when using Windows 7 or Windows XP; but first I would like to point out a few reasons why I personally use this particular provider.

There are no limitations as to how many times you can switch between different servers, which is a massive plus for me as I use my FBVPN account a lot and switch between UK and US servers regularly. Many of the other VPN providers do have limitations which is one of the reasons I chose then in the first place. The other reasons I chose FBVPN over other VPN services are as follows:

  1. Support. Can’t stress enough just how important that is, especially when you can get an answer in minutes instead of days. I have used their support on quite a few occasions for either myself or trying to help friends
  2. No Logging. Again, what is the point of using a VPN service if they are going to log details of how you use their service. I do not abuse the service, but it is nice to know that your privacy is important to them
  3. Speed. I have run many, many tests on FBVPN against other providers and have had consistently good results from them. I did a speed test with FBVPN vs BTGuard here where you can see my results (yours may vary slightly depending on your ISP and other networking issues) To date I still have little to no speed hits when using FBVPN which is great.
  4. Price. It currently cost $5.00 (£3.10) for a months which is a great price and well worth the money.
  5. Multi-protocol support. FBVPN supports PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec
  6. Multi-platform support. Window, Mac, Linus, iPad, iPhone and Android (Please note that there is currently a bug in the Android OS when using PPTP. This has nothing to do with FBVPN)

Here is a list of the current servers available to FBVPN users:

  1. UK is manchester.fbvpn.com
  2. US is inglewood.fbvpn.com
  3. US is roseville.fbvpn.com
  4. US is downey.fbvpn.com
  5. US is torrance.fbvpn.com

Note: The 4 US servers are all incorporated under ‘access.fbvpn.com’

The main reason I tend to switch servers is mainly due to being able to access geo-restricted sites such as Hulu and ABC to find media content. Non UK/ ex-pats (or UK residents that are away on business) users may wish to watch media via the iPlayer (BBC) and will therefore want to switch to the Manchester server in order to do so. There are also other reasons where by a government may be restricting the ISP’s or, the ISP’s themselves may be blocking certain sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. This is becoming a big deal recently, especially as just happened in Egypt and is currently happening in Libya. China, Iran & UAE (to name but a few) are also among countries that have very restrictive internet policies in place, which I for one completely abhor and hope it will change soon.

Right, on with the main tutorial. I am assuming that you have already signed up for a FBVPN account, and set it up and are connected to it. Also you are using Windows 7 or XP.

First we will look at Windows 7

At the bottom right hand corner of your screen you will see your clock, next to that you will see your Local Area Connection icon. (looks like two computers) Single click on the icon and you will be presented with the following window:

Right click on the words in blue ‘VPN Connection’ and choose ‘Properties’ this will lead you to the next window:

Under the ‘General’ tab you will see the current server that you are connected to; by default I believe this will be ‘access.fbvpn.com’ which is actually consists of 4 US servers. If you wish to switch to a UK server then highlight and delete the word ‘access.fbvpn.com’ and input ‘manchester.fbvpn.com’ instead and click OK.

If you were already connected and using another FBVPN server (US for example) and changed to the ‘manchester.fbvpn.com’ without disconnecting first, you will be prompted with the following notification window. Just click OK and restart your browser for the new server to connect.

Now just right click on your VPN connection and select ‘Disconnect’. Then select it again and re-connect. That will have the effect of disconnecting you from the server you were previously on, and connecting you to the new server you just in-putted.

That’s it, you are now connected to your new server.

Now let’s have a look at doing the same in Windows XP

You may either have a shortcut on your desktop or 2 computer icons at the bottom right hand corner of your screen (next to your clock).

If you wanted to use the short cut way, simply double click on it and you will get the following window:

Click on ‘Properties’ which will bring you to the next window where you can input the name of the server you wish to connect to:

Simply highlight and delete the current named server and replace it with the one you wish to connect to and then click OK. Again, if you were already connected and using a different FBVPN server you will see the following notification window:

Now just right click on your VPN connection and select ‘Disconnect’. Then select it again and re-connect. That will have the effect of disconnecting you from the server you were previously on, and connecting you to the new server you just in-putted.

Just click OK and restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, you’re done!

  • Marcelo

    Hi and thanks for making the effort to describe the terminlogy towards the inexperienced persons!

    • http://techfleece.com thegift73

      No problem. I hope it helped.

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