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  1. sfo1
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    I use Google's ap to watch Netflix when I am in Europe. It was blocked in Belgium, worked fine in Czech Republic, France and Germany, had no problem until I reached Frankfurt. At one Holiday Inn Express it worked great, moved to another one in Frankfurt and it is blocked. Is it the service provider that is able to do this or how does this happen, just curious.
     
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    Are you using a VPN in all these cases or not? If not then it depends on the hotel's ISP and what IP addresses they are using and how those are tracked in the geo-IP mapping databases.

    It is not uncommon, for example, to be using the wifi in a Lufthansa lounge in the USA and have the internet think you are in Germany because of how they've configured their systems.
     
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    Thanks for your answer
     
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    It could also be that in some hotel ISPs, use proxy gateways ? Some services get blocked.
     
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    Well, then that must be the answer, thanks.
     
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    There are many VPN and/or firewall strategies hotel-ISPs use, depending on the revenue stream contract between the hotel and the ISP/IAP.
     
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    When you use a VPN your data goes from your hotel's ISP to your VPN provider. Your VPN provider then sends it on to whatever destination (e.g. Netflix) you were attempting to reach. The addresses of the VPN providers and/or proxy servers aren't really a secret -- a hotel or an ISP can easily block them, either by choice or government edict.

    Further, some hotels' internet systems aren't very flexible -- it may not choose to support VPNs at all, perhaps by not allowing data to flow on the ports needed by VPNs. In this case a proxy server may still work and would be a lot less load on your computer than a VPN, although it would not provide the security of a VPN (VPN encrypts data, a proxy does not).
     
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