I’ve been working a bit with video transcoding and editing lately. It all started when I got an iPad in November. I wanted to watch my Windows 7 Media Center recorded TV Shows on the iPad in a different room. It has since blown up into a part-time hobby.
It’s been a long time! Been busy, sorry for the absence. I’m still alive – don’t worry.
Have an iPad? On a WiFi Network? Using DD-WRT? Trying to stream Netflix and it won’t stream? It’s a DNS compatibility issue!
If you try to play Netflix titles or movies on your iPad and you have a problem where clicking on play brings you to “Preparing to view…”, the navigation bar sides down, shows you the Netflix app splash screen then instantly redirects you to the original page you were on, it’s an issue with DNSMasq in DD-WRT.
Solution: either disable DNSMasq on your DD-WRT based router, or manually code your ISP’s DNS server into your iPad WiFi settings. Even better: hard code OpenDNS or Google DNS into there (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 respectively).
It took me a month of hunting to find the solution to this. I’m reblogging the solution because the blog where I found the solution has a horrible PageRank, Inanis.net has an awesome PageRank, and maybe this will help others find the solution faster.