My Expat Network markets its service to people who wish to access TV shows and other streaming media from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada.
Without an IP address that is local to these countries, certain content can be blocked. Their servers are configured to use the OpenVPN protocol and optimized for video streaming, and there are no data transfer limits in place.
The network consists of over 120 servers spread throughout the countries they serve.
By the end of this review, you would have learned why My Expat Network is known for it’s streaming services.
I will keep it simple but concise and straight to the point. You will learn about its product and services offered.
Below is the breakdown of what I would be covering:
- About the Company (Overview)
- Devices you can use My Expat Network on
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- How to download and install My Expat Network
- Pros and Cons
1. About the Company (Overview)
My Expat Network is run by My Expat Network Ltd, which was incorporated in Hong Kong in March 2011.
Its focus has always been on providing expats with access to streaming services from their home nations this differs from most commercial VPN providers, which put an equal if a greater focus on privacy and security.
My Expat Network is a VPN that’s easy to use and is designed to help you catch up on their favorite TV shows back home. It’s geared towards streaming media only.
This is where it does not match up to other VPNs that offer high-grade online security.
My Expat Network allows you to connect up to 5 different devices on one license, which means your entire family can watch their favorite shows on just one subscription.
In this article, we will show you absolutely everything you need to know about this company. You will learn how to download and install it.
2. Devices you can use My Expat Network on
The software My Expat Network provides handles the configuration of your VPN connection for you.
Encryption and protocol selection is done for you by the configuration file that is included with the software.
It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops and also for iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices.
If you want to connect your entire home network you have the option of configuring a wireless router that has the DD-WRT open source firmware installed on it or you can purchase a pre-configured router from their website.
They offer ASUS and Netgear routers and optional accessories that you can buy along with your subscription.
One thing that makes My Expat Network unique is its software installation service.
If you are not comfortable with such things you can open a support request on their helpdesk and one of their experts will install the software for you.
This is done by using Team Viewer remote support software. This service is available between the hours of 9 AM and 12 AM Greenwich Mean Time.
It is important to note that they do not officially support Linux, but they do provide instructions on how to configure the OpenVPN client on Linux using the configuration file from the Mac OS X software.
You simply need to download the Mac version of their software and extract the configuration file from the package and, using the command line, configure the client to use that file.
My Expat Network supports Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Amazon Fire, and routers. Your customer area offers shortcuts to downloads, manual installation guides, and FAQs.
It’s a nicely designed and easy-to-navigate area, where you can also access your invoices and tickets.
There is no live chat bubble, but the email-based support is prompt and savvy.
My Expat Network Windows client is a customized version of the OpenVPN GUI. If you are familiar with the latter, you will recognize its simplicity in My Expat Network solution.
When active, the app is a mere icon in your task bar. Clicking it will bring up a small floating window with a selection of servers, each with a drop-down menu to connect, disconnect, show status, and connection logs.
The settings are minimalist, too, and consist of three tabs About, General (where you can change the app’s language), and Proxy.
The latter has three options use My Expat Network config files, system proxy settings, or a manual configuration.
I appreciate the clean, spartan design, and the ease of use, but I certainly wish there were more toggles, like a kill switch or a DNS leak protection.
Torrenting of copyrighted material is explicitly prohibited.
Five simultaneous connections are only available in the All-in-One plan, but considering you can set up your router to cover all your devices it’s not a limitation, per se.
4. Speed and Performance
The first thing you should know about My Expat Network is that it was designed for expats to stream TV while abroad.
That makes the VPN’s unimpressive speeds disappointing, especially when there are plenty of rival services allowing users to do the same.
Put simply, while testing connection speeds for our My Expat Network review, we were faced with almost painfully slow connections that could only just manage YouTube videos in 480p.
To make matters worse, My Expat Network only has servers in twelve countries, all of which are in Europe, North America, and Australia.
Not only does My Expat Network only unblock video content in standard definition, then, it only unblocks twelve countries.
With Indian, Japanese, and Korean television having such huge fanbases, My Expat Network is really missing a lot.
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
My Expat Network has an interesting system in place for its plans and pricing.
If you are a British, American, Canadian, or Australian citizen, and want to access content only from your home country, you can do just that.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can select the option to unblock the content in all four of those countries though this comes at a higher cost.
Similarly, you can specify which device you’d like to use a PC, Mac, router, tablet, or smartphone or select all devices.
Finally, you have the option to choose between a monthly plan, six-monthly plan, or yearly plan.
All these choices make for a wide variety of price points. If you decide to stick to one country, plan prices will display in the currency of said country, with cost depending current market rates and what device(s) you want to use.
Alternatively, if you decide to go all in and select all countries and all devices, the flat rate is in GBP and is £8.00 per month for a monthly plan, £7.20 per month for a six-month plan, and £6.40 per month for a 12-month plan.
When taking into account the GBP to the USD exchange rate at the time of writing, this is roughly $12.00 per month for a monthly plan, $10.80 per month for a six-month plan, and $9.60 per month for a 12-month plan.
After you pick your plan and price point, you can pay via Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Discover, or PayPal.
While this is a decent range of options, I was disappointed to see that there was no anonymous payment option, such as bitcoin.
That said, I was not surprised, for reasons that will become evident later in this review.
Unfortunately, My Expat Network does not offer a free trial. However, it does have a seven-day money-back guarantee that you can take advantage of in the case that you’re not satisfied with the service.
6. Privacy and Security
The company is based in Hong Kong, which is relatively good because there are no data retention laws there but it’s still China.
However, the provider has to keep connection logs and bandwidth use to comply with local laws in the US and the UK, and other countries where its servers are located.
The company will disclose those logs to law enforcement if compelled. No file-sharing of the copyrighted material is allowed.
The technical specs are weak OpenVPN with 64-bit encryption for desktop and L2TP for mobile devices.
The encryption is poor, but considering the provider never said it was meant for privacy, I appreciate the transparency.
My Expat Network does not monitor your user activity.
7. How to download and install My Expat Network
One of the simplest processes of this VPN is to download and install it.
As we have said, according to the users’ opinions, it is very easy to start using it.
To hide your IP safely, the first thing you must do is register on the company’s official site.
Once you have done so, you will be able to choose between the full package or a lower-ranking one.
For the price, we recommend purchasing the higher-ranking package.
Once you have made the payment, you can start using My Expat Network and also browse safely.
You will simply need to indicate the access credentials provided by this VPN. The application will tell you how to install it optimally.
8. Pros and Cons
- Allows Netflix, Hulu, and streaming online
- Allows Torrenting and downloading
- Ensures Security and privacy.
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Up to 5 simultaneous connections
- Live support and assisted installation via TeamViewer are available
- Connection logs
- Weak security
- Poor speeds
- Outdated UI
- Failed to stream BBC iPlayer
- No Bitcoin
My Expat Network is not meant for privacy or security. If you’re okay with that, go ahead and try it.
Speed, streaming and performance-wise, my experience was awful your mileage may vary. But then it’s also overpriced.
Thankfully, there are better options for streaming and security on the VPN market these days.
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