Does Oeck's network allow torrenting?
Yes. We allow torrenting of legal torrents via our torrent region. To have the best and safest torrenting experience, please read and follow the instructions for torrent traffic in your user manual.
Why can't a single server be selected to connect to?
Our network is built to be as efficient as possible. When a customer selects a region to connect to, our network runs a check of the available servers within that region. It then calculates which server will be the best server for the customer to connect to. It takes into account the available system resources of each server and so it will always connect you to the best available server.
The only exception is when a user connects using the OpenVPN client. In that case, a random VPN server within that region establishes the connection.
Why isn't there a server list on Oeck's website or apps?
Due to the way our network is designed, the listing of our servers is not needed. We do list our available regions on our website, as well as live usage graphs for our customers to view. Network Availability Graphs can be found here. If you want to see our full server list, it is available in the OpenVPN config files. However, we do not keep a tally and list them on our website.
Every region is made up of 3 hardware components, which are all owned by us.
1. Routers 2. PXE servers 3. VPN servers
The router has dedicated lines running to it, which is shared by all of the VPN servers in that region. Every time a customer connects to a region, our network runs a RAM and CPU check of every VPN server within that region. The VPN server with the most available resources is selected as the exit node. This way the region is balanced and every connection is optimised for the best possible performance.
Does Oeck use VPS, Dedicated or self-owned servers?
It is good practice for VPN services to use either bare-metal dedicated servers or colocated (self-owned) servers.
Everything we do at Oeck has the primary focus of keeping our customers safe, secure and anonymous. We have two different "networks" that, when combined, make up the Oeck network.
The first is the VPN Network (ovNetwork). This is the network that our customers connect to and communicate with. This is made up of colocated servers which are physically owned by us. These servers do not have any hard drives.
The second is the Proxy Network (opNetwork). This is the network that is used specifically for geo-unblocking and our customers do not communicate with this network directly (for the security and privacy of our customers). This network is made up of colocated, dedicated and virtual private servers.
Please read about our different networks to get an understanding of how they work and why they exist.
Colocated servers (ovNetwork)
The servers that our customers directly connect to are self-owned, colocated servers. They are RAM and CPU servers only (no hard drives, USB ports off, high physical security). This means that we purchased physical servers, set them up, packaged and shipped them off to various datacenters around the world. Turning the power off to these servers wipes them clean of everything, including the operating system.
Dedicated and virtual private servers (opNetwork)
These servers are specifically used for streaming traffic (AKA Geo-unblocking). Our customers never directly connect to these servers due to privacy and security concerns (as we do not own them). Instead, utilisation of these servers consists of a multi-hop approach. In short, this means that an exit node on our VPN Network ( ovNetwork ) connects to an exit node on our Proxy Network ( opNetwork ) in order to unblock content.