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Update 4/30/2010: Due to the lack of support for Flash, Hulu and some other video streaming site would not work on iPad! But, you can use Hulu Plus (paid version of Hulu).
If you just got yourself an iPad and you can not access your favorite US or UK site, here is some good news: iPad can be easily setup to use a VPN connection via PPTP, L2TP or IPSec protocols. Here is how to get the best iPad VPN service.
What is a VPN?
A VPN service establishes a connection to a remote server that resides in the country where the service you want to use it. Once you connect to the VPN all of your internet traffic flows through that connection so that from the other side at least it looks like the connection originates at the server and not your iPad.
How to get iPad VPN service
First of all, you need to register for a VPN account. If you need it to access US restricted sites then you need to subscribe to a VPN service the provides US IP address like HideMyAss, ibVPN, NordVPN, IPVanish. If you want to access UK restricted sites then you need a UK VPN account.
All the recommended services have dedicated iOS apps that can be easily used to create VPN connections. There is no need to manually create VPN profiles.
However, if you are an advanced user you may set up your own VPN connection as described below.
VPN for iPad Settings
On the iPad go to Settings > Network and create a new VPN connection. Fill in the username and password and the server address. Press the Connect button and within a few seconds you’ll be connected to the VPN and all your traffic will be going to a US or UK server. Thus you will be able to access any US or UK restricted website.
Moreover, if you subscribe to a VPN service you will be able to use it on both your laptop or desktop computer and the iPad.
iOS 10 Update
Starting from iOS 10 PPTP VPN protocol is no longer available. The good news is that most of the VPN apps recommended above are already using IKEv2 or IPSec protocols. However, you will no longer be able to create manual PPTP VPN connections. You will have to replace them with L2TP, IPSec or IKEv2.
Do you know another good iPad VPN service? Let us know in the comments below.