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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

03 Jan 2021


I've run a VPN at home for a while. Initially I used SSH to create ad hoc tunnels which work but aren't practical in a regular way. I then tried OpenVPN, which is mature enough to have books about it, and was easy enough to set up. Performance was so-so, which is important as the ADSL into the house is poor, so I can't really afford much of an over head.

At the end of 2019 I installed WireGuard and ran it side by side with OpenVPN. The VPN part is actually the easy bit, the more challenging part is making sure that NAT/firewalls and such are all configured too. After a while it became clear than WireGuard is more efficient, and I migrated everything over to that. Until we are upgraded to FTTP the lower overhead of WireGuard is pretty important to me, even if OpenVPN is a good solution too.

As of 1 January 2021 companies like Sky have stopped roaming of their UK contracts within the EU, so lots of Brits suddenly discovered on New Year's day that their British TV services are no longer valid. Another gift of Brexit. It's relativly easy to get round these GeoIP restrictions with a VPN, so we can expect the commercial VPN providers to pick up some new business from Brits residing in the EU unable to watch local TV, buying VPN contracts so they can continue to watch British TV...

My French isn't good enough to watch French TV and follow everything that happens, so at the moment I download programmes using youtube-dl, which also downloads the subtitles, from the TV company in France, and then run the French subtitles through a translation service into English, and then I hand correct them the best I can. It's not perfect, but it means I can at least hear French and absorb some of the meaning as I watch more and more French TV.