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October 6th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Hi. I am, as my handle suggests, in China. I want to use youtube and facebook despite the government here, but I'm not sure how. Somebody here mentioned a vpn, but I'm not sure what that is. I do not have internet in my apartment, but I can get wireless internet at Starbucks. I am running Ubuntu 11.10.

When I do iwconfig, I get this:

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"CMCC-Starbucks"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 06:1F:6F:32:96:61
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=13 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=70/70 Signal level=-25 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:83 Missed beacon:0

Here is some more info:

hillbilly@ubuntu:~$ netstat -nr
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags MSS Window irtt Iface UG 0 0 0 wlan0 U 0 0 0 wlan0 U 0 0 0 wlan0

This is what it says under "Connection Information, Active Network Connections":

IP Address:
Broadcast address:
Subnet mask:
Default route:
Primary DNS:
Secondary DNS:

I tried setting up a VPN according to a website, but it didn't work. I don't know what I'm doing at all - don't even know what VPN stands for. Please help!

October 6th, 2012, 09:16 AM
Sorry - we can't help you bypass restrictions set in place elsewhere.