Hi there, I am deployed overseas with my PS3, and am trying to get Netflix working. Of course, NF only works in the US, so I am assuming that I need a proxy. I have an always-on media server at my house, and was thinking that I could set up a proxy server on it, then change the proxy settings of the PS3 to route traffic through that proxy. Am I thinking clearly, or is there something I am missing? I’ve seen a bit about squid, but am not sure if that will work for these meager needs (meaning, I don’t really need caching and such, but just want a US-based ‘exit’ for the PS3 requests).
Of course, I tried a few proxy services, but it seems that the IPs change/get closed so often, it would be a pain to constantly change the proxy settings on the PS3 to accomodate. I just thought it might be easier to tack on another purpose for my home server (that only has one NIC, if that matters…).
I just need to know if a squid set up will work for this, or if that is intended for other purposes, and I’m just wasting my time.
Your idea is right on the spot. Squid or any other proxy will fit your needs perfectly but I can’t give You any configuration pointers for squid as I have not used it all that much. I’m sure it will work for what You want to do.
If you were talking about text based content like Twitter or email than a Proxy probably would work fine.
But, for a <very> large streaming file over very long distances I would instead recommend a Media Server application that can act as your Netflix client.
Once the file has been downloaded to your Server and subject to possible DRM (eg timebombing the file after a day or so), you can try connecting to your Media Server for viewing.
Trying to connect simply through a Proxy from overseas <might> work but there are so many ways for it not to work well enough…