SoftEther client doesn't seem able to make a connection (from China)

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SoftEther client doesn't seem able to make a connection (from China)

Post by avmad » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:44 am

Hello all,

I have recently downloaded and installed SoftEther client on my Windows 10 laptop. I do not seem able to get a successful connection using this client from here in China. I also have the OpenVPN GUI client installed which works as expected and connections can be made. I have a few queries which it would be great to get answered.

My main problem is that I cannot seem to get a successful connection to any server when using the SoftEther client and UDP (as TCP never seems to work, even with connections to commercial VPN servers). Example errors are below:
20191113 SoftEther Can't connect 1.png
20191113 SoftEther Can't connect 2.png
I have received these errors for every server I have tried.

Can anyone shed any light on this issue please?

BTW - Why are there only 200 servers in the SoftEther list?

Background scenario:
  • I have been living in China a couple of years and as you will know, I need to use a VPN to access many sites (Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook being the main ones but there are many others that are blocked).
  • Because I am in China, quite a few VPN apps are themselves blocked and will not work at all. I have had subscriptions to most of the big ones (Nord, Pure, Proton, Windscribe, Iron Socket etc) and most I have cancelled because they all stop working at some point (become targeted and blocked).
  • ExpressVPN has been the most reliable, although even its servers have become blocked from time to time. Normal service is normally resumed within a week or two. However for the last three months or so, ExpressVPN has become almost unusable, with connections using its client never succeeding, causing me to resort to using their OpenVPN profiles and an OpenVPN client on both Android and Windows instead. Sadly, in the last few weeks, even their OpenVPN profiles will not connect and consequently, I am looking to dump ExpressVPN and have turned my attention to VPN Gate as a potential solution.
Thanks for your help!
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