Fail. You think, “what does this mean, and how do I fix it?”
It means Netflix has figured out that you’re using a VPN to access their US and international content libraries, even when you shouldn’t have access to them based on your subscription location. Error m7111-1331-5059 comes up when Netflix identifies proxy and VPN IP addresses. This error is their attempt to prevent you from connecting to their services when they suspect you’re using a VPN to alter your connection location.
Why Would Netflix Want to Prevent People from Accessing Content via VPN?
Netflix has tons of content. But, depending on where you log in, you aren’t accessing their entire library. Netflix users in the United States get access to a lot more content than users in Germany, even though they are paying similar subscription fees.
Using a VPN service enables you to choose a different server location than the one that is closest to you.
You can select a U.S. server while in Japan and gain access to content that U.S. users can access. A VPN service allows users to unlock access to geographically-restricted content, and secure your connection.
What is the Netflix Proxy Error?
Netflix has caught onto this hack, and they’re trying to stop it. If Netflix detects the use of a proxy, you’ll get an error screen when you’re trying to access their content. It will alert you that they’ve identified a proxy or VPN, and inform you to disconnect from it to continue.
Not what you want to see when you’re about to enjoy a binge session of your favorite Australian soap opera from the comfort of your home in Japan.
So How Does Netflix Know I’m Using A VPN?
When you connect to a VPN server, it replaces your IP address with one of theirs. Netflix sees the server’s IP address rather than your local one, and grants access to content restricted to the VPN server’s location.
Netflix’s security folks hunt down the IP addresses that VPN companies use. They then block them or black-list them. You get the m7111-1331-5059 error if you connect through one of those black-listed IP addresses.
How to Bypass the Netflix m7111-1331-5059 Proxy Error
All is not lost, and you can get right back to the Australian saga where you left off. It’s pretty simple to bypass this error by following the steps below.
1. Sign up with Surfshark VPN
Surfshark is ahead of the game when it comes to Netflix’s attempts to block VPN services from their server. Surfshark VPN lets you crack into geo-located libraries of content on any device. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee.
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2. Download and install the VPN software to your device
No matter which device you like to stream your content on, we have an app for that. Have multiple devices? No problem! Surfshark doesn’t restrict the number of devices you connect with, so go ahead and set them all up!
- Desktops & Laptops: Support for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems are available.
- Browser Extensions: Want to stream from your work laptop and can’t get past the administration rights screen? No problem! Download the audited Surfshark browser extensions for Firefox or Chrome.
- Phones & Tablets: Both the Apple Store and Google Play have apps, so it doesn’t matter if you’re an Android or Apple person – there’s an app for everyone!
- Smart TVs: Keep your smart TV game strong with apps for either Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV. If you run a different type or brand of smart TV, there is the option of using Smart DNS.
- Gaming Consoles: PlayStation or Xbox? There’s an app for those, too.
3. Launch the application on your device and sign-in
Tap or click through the setup with your username and password, and you’re almost there!
4. Connect to a server in the country you want to watch Netflix content
Stuck in Japan and want to catch-up on House, and it’s only available in the U.S. library? No problem! Choose a server in the U.S. to connect to and poof! You’re coming from the U.S. now instead of Japan!
5. Go to the Netflix website and sign-in
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your binge.
But I already Use VPN Service. How is This One Different?
If you already use a VPN service with another company, one of two things is happening. They aren’t able to unblock Netflix at all, or Netflix has identified the VPN IP address as a proxy IP and blocked it.
There are several VPN providers out there who have had their IPs blocked by Netflix. One way around this is to cycle out new IP addresses, but this costs money and is a lot of work that other providers aren’t able to keep up with. We have our head in the game.
You get access to Netflix’s global content library because it’s one of our top priorities. Surfshark customers can enjoy any regionally restricted content no matter where they are in the world.
If Netflix Blocks My Use of VPN, is It Legal to Access Global Content this Way?
Netflix utilizes geographical or regional restrictions when they contract movies and TV series from the folks who own the rights. This is why some content isn’t available in certain countries. But, in your customer agreement, there are no terms or conditions to prevent you from using a VPN. There is nothing illegal about a VPN. It enables you to enjoy the full content library that you pay for!
There is no difference in Netflix’s subscription price in one country versus another. Users in some countries pay the same as you and have a much more limited selection of content to choose from. This is the best way to make sure that you get exactly what you pay for!
If you’re dealing with restricted access to Netflix through your current VPN provider, check out Surfshark. You’ll be streaming your favorite regional shows any time you want from anywhere in the world!
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