author Posted by Tunnelr, 2014-05-17

Dear Friends,

Tunnelr 2.0 is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to share all of the details with you.

This Friday, May 16th @ 10PM EST, Tunnelr will be undergoing maintenance which will bring about all of the latest changes and features that we have been working on over the past two years.

Among some of the changes, you will find:

  • All accounts have access to all supported VPN protocols
  • Added L2TP/IPSEC, SOCKS5 and vastly improved PPTP support
  • Support for upto 5 simultaneous connections
  • Expanded payment options including Bitcoin
  • A new, easier to use website and portal
  • And many, many other changes

Maintenance Details

The maintenance window has been set for Friday, May 16th from 10:00PM - 8:00AM EST (10 hours),

As we are migrating and redeploying a large number of VPN nodes, you may encounter some connectivity issues or subpar performance. For an optimal experience, we suggest to hold off on tunneling until the maintenance has been completed.

In addition, our website, portal and helpdesk will also be placed into maintenance mode as we are upgrading a large portion of our infrastructure.

Lastly, customers who utilize OpenSSH tunneling may be presented with warnings about remote host fingerprint changes - this is expected, as we are going to be reinstalling the majority of the servers. Once the maintenance has been completed, we will post a list of all of the new SSH fingerprints on our blog.

For the latest updates, please follow us on Twitter.

The Good Stuff

Removed the need to transfer to different nodes

Customers can now tunnel through any Tunnelr exit node without the need to login to the portal

and wait for a transfer process. This is especially great because if an exit node becomes unavailable, users can simply switch to another without much hassle. Tunnelr customers can setup different profiles for different nodes, and connect to whichever at a whim.

Combined all protocols into one account with one monthly payment

There is no single solution for bypassing a pesky workplace firewall or tunneling over a public network. Due to this, we now support a large range of different VPN protocols to allow you to pick and choose what works best for you.

More active connections per account

We bumped the number of active connections per account up to five, so all your devices can use the Tunnelr service at the same time.)

Added support for the L2TP protocol

The addition of L2TP means more support for more devices. L2TP offers a very simple, easy to setup configuration and a strong encryption algorithm. The best part is that L2TP is almost natively supported on every operating system!

Added SOCKS support

For users who want to just change their location without encrypting their information (resulting in faster speeds), we added SOCKS support. This is a great option for those who use Tunnelr to access content restricted data like Hulu, Netflix, or the BBC.

New nodes added

We brought back Zurich and added four more locations, Newark (New Jersey), Madrid (Spain), Paris (France), and London (England).

Bitcoin payments accepted

Tunnelr VPN services offer anonymity to our clients, and we understood that anonymity can't be done without rethinking our payment options. We now offer bitcoin payments through Coinbase for users who feel more comfortable using digital currency.

Discounts for buying in advance (up to 28% off!)

We wanted to offer a discount for those who purchased in advance. Save up to 28% per month by buying a year of Tunnelr service.

Other changes:

  • Support for username changes
  • Redesigned the website and portal page for easier navigation
  • Brought tutorials up to date (Android, Windows 8 added)
  • Added clearer messages when connecting to nodes through SSH
  • Better PPTP support
  • Overall improved stability, speeds, and latency

Thank you!

Above all, thank you for being a loyal Tunnelr customer. We truly hope that you will enjoy all of the new features and changes.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to either open a ticket or send us an email to admin@tunnelr.com.

~Tunnelr Team