Network 2.0 Migration Guide

IronSocket Network Migration 2.0
Hello all, as you may or may not be aware, we are migrating to a new, faster, and more secure network infrastructure. You can read our first detailed announcement here.

This post is all about helping you migrate to the new network. We’ll start with OpenVPN.

OpenVPN

We’ve changed how you connect to OpenVPN to make the process much easier. Once you install the OpenVPN Connect software, you just head over to our network page, download a .ovpn profile file, import it into your client, and connect. Importing new profiles is much easier now and can be done without having to log-in. Additionally, the .ovpn files can be dropped right into OpenVPN Community and Tunnelblick if you prefer using those clients. Speaking of clients, our custom IronSocket client is right around the corner. More details on that later.

Here are some updated OpenVPN Connect guides to help you with migration.

Mac OSX Guide
Windows 7 Guide
Windows 8 Guide
iOS Guide
Android Guide

DNS Proxy

When we launched Network 2.0 we also added new global DNS servers. The advantage of having multiple DNS servers around the world allows you to select the server(s) closest to your physical location, giving you faster lookup times on your DNS requests. Our new Smart DNS Servers’ Region Switching moved out of Beta and is now Live and functioning great! To migrate to the new DNS servers, simply update your Device to use the new DNS Servers found on our network page under the DNS Section.

L2TP / PPTP

Migrating to our new L2TP and PPTP servers is as easy as updating the hostname you use to connect. We have added dedicated tabs on our network page for the L2TP and PPTP protocols that list the updated hostnames.

HTTP / SOCKS5

All you need to do to take advantage of the new network is to connect to the new IP address(es). We’re still using the same ports as the Legacy network. You can find the new IP addresses on our network page, under the HTTP and SOCKS5 proxy tabs.

When do I need to Migrate?

We are encouraging all users to migrate to the new network as soon as they can. Over the next 60 days we’re going to be shutting down and migrating all of the Legacy servers to the new 2.0 infrastructure. To avoid any service interruptions we recommend that you migrate as soon as possible.

The country I connect to doesn’t have new VPN servers yet, what do I do?

We plan to keep legacy servers running until new ones become available. In most cases you will have at least 30 days to migrate before the legacy server gets shutdown. Be sure to follow our IronSocketOps twitter feed for updates on new server launches and other updates!

If you have any other questions feel free to contact Support

– The IronSocket Team

About Dan Johnson

Dan has been involved with computers in the early 1990s with a 2400 baud dialup modem. Since then, he has been working on various internet projects for over a decade and makes a conscience effort to inform others about staying safe on the internet. Currently he works with IronSocket and some other online side projects, when not hiking through the pine forests around his house.

  • Jean Racine

    Im curious about compression with Openvpn. I live in a remote area and i use my cell phone hotspot. Any idea how much it is possible to save with compression?

    • IronSocket

      Hello Jean, great question! The amount saved is largely dependent on the type of content you are transferring over the VPN tunnel. If the content you are transferring is already compressed or encrypted (video, music, images, zip, rar, etc.) you won’t see much savings with bandwidth. Content that is plain text (HTML, Javascript, etc) can see significant reductions (80-90% in some cases).

      Please note that the OpenVPN software is configured to disable compression if it detects there is minimal savings in bandwidth. It will continue to re-sample the data to see if it should enable it again. This is a feature to avoid adding additional overhead by attempting to compress data that is already compressed.