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Iron Socket is a VPN service which allows you to explore the internet freely and safely. You can access the network from a range of mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and Ipod, plus Android devices) and non-usual devices, including Smart TVs, PS4 and Xbox One consoles, as well as Windows and Mac operating systems.
Despite this wide variety of connection options, Iron Socket is not suitable for Linux or other popular operating systems. This is surprising considering how many consoles it’s available for. This makes it more likely to appeal to gamers, potentially so they can access games and play rooms which might not be available in their region. It’s also compatible with a selection of Smart TVs (including Samsung, Apple, plus it allows you to arrange a proxy set up for Roku, Boxee, LG Smart and more).
If you’re not sure which server to connect to, you can check a quick list of servers on the website. This tells you the server location and whether P2P is allowed. You can switch between OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, HTTP, SOCKS5 and DNS Proxy easily, which makes this a pretty versatile application.
Also in line with the ‘entertainment’ elements of IronSocket, are the premium channel features. You can use the server networks to access content from more than 160 different networks, including music and video. The system is also kept up to date, with new channels being added regularly.
Support is an area where IronSocket.com falls down somewhat. There is an FAQ and you can submit a support request ticket, however there’s not really enough information online and we would prefer to see support from community features, as well as live chat options. Still, if you know what you’re doing then this might not be a big problem.
Knowing what you’re doing will probably come in useful here, because we felt that Iron Socket is probably a bit complicated for people who are new to VPN services. Switching between various servers and protocol options isn’t always easy, and certainly isn’t intuitive. Subsequently, the site could do more to support their users, possibly even training them in how to use their tools and stay protected online.
If you’ve a house full of games consoles and mobile devices, IronSocket could be really useful. However, it underperforms in other areas and probably isn’t best suited to people who are new to using a virtual private network.
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