Free Public VPN Access: VPN Gate
Connectivity, Privacy, and Anonymity from the University of Tsukuba
VPN Gate provides free access to a large network of volunteer operated VPN servers. In a failed attempt to enforce censorship, certain countries have blocked direct access to the VPN Gate server directory. In response, this page provides links to the latest VPN Gate mirror sites. Direct downloads of VPN Gate's OpenVPN server files is also available here.
VPN Gate Mirror Sites
Shortly after going live, VPN Gate was blocked by Chinese, Iranian, and a few other governments. No problem! VPN Gate is available via mirror sites, which are regularly changed in order to evade blocking. Below is a regularly updated list of the mirrors. Use these to get fresh VPN server addresses as the older ones are blocked!Note: Mirrors Checked: 2014/07/30 10:59 UTC
VPN Gate OpenVPN Configs
Below is a list of popular VPN Gate servers located in various countries. Click on a "hot link" to obtain the servers' ovpn files. OpenVPN as implemented with VPN Gate is easy, since the encryption keys and certificates are contained within the config file. Just download one file, import, and connect to the server!Note: Some mirrors do not allow hotlinking, and instead take you to the VPN server list.
Note: OpenVPN Configs Checked: 2014/07/30 10:59 UTC
OpenVPN Servers in the Republic of Korea
OpenVPN Servers in Australia
OpenVPN Servers in Japan
VPN Gate users in China should consider these hints to save time and connect more easily:
- Subscribe to the VPN Gate mirror emails. The main website is blocked, and email is a good way to get access to fresh server lists.
- OpenVPN servers, without protocol obfuscation, will be accessible for merely a few hours from within China. Be prepared to routinely go to the VPN Gate mirrors and find the newest servers. Select the ones with less than two hours of uptime!
- L2TP/IPSec servers seem to last longer, but may possibly be compromised by the Chinese censors. There is a reason they let more L2TP/IPSec remain functioning, and they do block them sometimes!
- Find working servers by pinging the servers' IP address before trying to connect. If the server responds, it is accessible for VPN service.
- Be flexible and attempt to connect through different countries. If servers in the USA are blocked, try the United Kingdom or South Korean servers, etc
- Never ever quit. Never surrender to the Golden Shield Project.
VPN Gate is a good system for circumventing internet censorship. It is evolving as censorship evolves, and really leaves no alternative to censoring countries except to disconnect from the global network. Beware, as China, North Korea, Iran, and Syria appear to be moving in that direction. That will be their loss as the rest of the world moves onward.
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