Can not access lichess without a VPN. (UAE)

I wonder, has anyone had positive experiences with ? Years ago when players were complaining about Win7 performance I tried many crazy-sounding configurations (this one included) but was unable to observe any performance problems.

Perhaps the blocking of voip is handled differently by different ISPs. I'm not sure one would have visibility of when the blocks were updated; I'd assume sites would be added/removed from the list daily. I know that a friend who lived for a while in Dubai had to frequently change the way he surfed to get around various blocks.

I had to do a little research on the laws of the UAE, but I did find the issue. UAE does not have any net neutrality regulations in place, so they can actually cut off your "direct" access to whomever website or server address they desire or deem worth doing. Usually, though, this would be done, as a way to extort extra funds from their customers, by allowing you to pay extra amounts for specific access to popular services for an additional low monthly charge, on top of your normal service charges. This can be something like, $5 a month, if you want to be able to access with your standard internet service subscription.

This sounds like the issue. You might need to call your ISP, and see how much it would cost, to get your access to unblocked. Probably won't cost that much.

Edit: This also allows them, to freely throttle your bandwidth speed on anything they choose. So, they can give you like 12 kB/s for all normal websites, 0 kb/s for popular sites like, and 3,500 kB/s for access (if that's a thing...) as they'd be paying your ISP to prioritize them, for advertising reasons, and such.

A VPN, or proxy, obviously would create a IP tunnel through an outside IP, that would probably appear to just be a 'normal' website, to them. So they are likely giving you around a 12-16 kB/s limit for normal browsing. (This is actually the standard speed in the USA for anything that isn't a landline connection. I use quite often at speeds you speak of, for many years.)

I would recommend a combination of TOR + VPN so as to prevent the ISP from blocking traffic towards a specific address.

Anyone else remember just how insanely slow dial-up was? It taking a few seconds to load, really is pretty much nothing, compared to waiting a couple minutes if you wanted to load a basic page, without images. Images? Grab a book, and wait for it to load in the pixels line by line in 5 -10 minutes. Hell, old school Runescape took 45 minutes to an hour of loading, everytime. (That was like, the only game you *could* play on dial-up... So don't judge.) Also most Blizzard games worked decently (pre-WoW), and I recall some freeware space tank combat game called Ark(?) worked amazingly on dial-up.

Edit: Just trying to say: "It could be worse...". At least you are getting kilobytes. Pretty sure dial-up was maybe 8 kilobits a second, or something insanely stupid, by today's standard. (reference 8kb/s=1kB/s)

Edit Edit: Dial-up is not *that* ancient, either. Major rural areas have only just gotten broadband, in like the last 10 years, or so... It is entirely possible some very few areas still are limited to dial-up as being the only internet option available. (Though, there are better and faster dial-up techniques, more widely known, so pulling a rocketing 32 kilobits a second (8kB/s) connection by chaining together more lines, is probably likely the solution.) Unless you have Sprint, I think, your phone only pulls a 64 kilobit a second speed, unless you're dumb enough to pay real life money for fast speeds by the gigabyte. (The slow speeds of 64 kilobits still can download a gigabyte, in like 8 hours of waiting, or so... Don't check that math, I might be way off...) [Ok, if you want to spend money on fast speed data, you do you, but it is a ripoff and you should just switch to Sprint, if that's the case. They're the only cellular company that gives unlimited high-speed data for just a low flat price. They do throttle the top few percent of their users, who overuse it, but the throttle is still fast, and never occurred unless I was using over 50 gigabytes a month. I use ATT currently, so it isn't like I'm sponsored to say shit. The only issue with Sprint, is their phones don't use SIM cards. So it is slightly committal to use them, as their phones can't be changed to work with other network providers, or vice versa, can't use a phone from another network as a Sprint phone.]

#13 As much as I'm a net neutrality advocate (and frequently beg my employer to make a public statement in favor of it) this analysis seems accurate. At least unlike chesscom our pages aren't bloated with ads, so it's entirely the ISP's fault if the connection is too slow; you may need to use a VPN (or Opera free VPN).