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Thu, Jan 14, 2021 7:00 PM

whitelist xfinity stream behind VPN

I'm sure that VPN discussions are discouraged here, but I am NOT trying to use my VPN to access Stream from somewhere else, in fact I am trying make Stream bypass my VPN.  I am only trying to make Stream work from my house, which routes most traffic through a VPN.  As a result, when I use the xfinity stream website on my PC, I get the message about connecting via my home wifi and I can only watch the Go channels because it thinks I am not at home when I am in fact sitting at home about 3 feet from my XFi gateway.

 

I know the issue is related to my VPN because Stream works if I temporarily whitelist my PC but this is not a permanent solution.  I am willing and able to whitelist specific devices and website domains so that they bypass the VPN.  At first I tried whitelisting the obvious domains of comcast.net and xfinity.com but it did not work.  Then, using developer tools in Chrome, I whitelisted every website that the page appears to be accessing, and still I am getting only the GO channels. 

 

The most interesting element I saw using developer tools was a call to https://xtvapi.cloudtv.comcast.net/inhome-check/ that fails in spite of the fact that the comcast.net domain is whitelisted.

 

Anyone have a clue what domains I need to whitelist so Stream will work from behind my VPN? 

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@jkbuckethead wrote:

I'm sure that VPN discussions are discouraged here, but I am NOT trying to use my VPN to access Stream from somewhere else, in fact I am trying make Stream bypass my VPN.  I am only trying to make Stream work from my house, which routes most traffic through a VPN.  As a result, when I use the xfinity stream website on my PC, I get the message about connecting via my home wifi and I can only watch the Go channels because it thinks I am not at home when I am in fact sitting at home about 3 feet from my XFi gateway.

 

I know the issue is related to my VPN because Stream works if I temporarily whitelist my PC but this is not a permanent solution.  I am willing and able to whitelist specific devices and website domains so that they bypass the VPN.  At first I tried whitelisting the obvious domains of comcast.net and xfinity.com but it did not work.  Then, using developer tools in Chrome, I whitelisted every website that the page appears to be accessing, and still I am getting only the GO channels. 

 

The most interesting element I saw using developer tools was a call to https://xtvapi.cloudtv.comcast.net/inhome-check/ that fails in spite of the fact that the comcast.net domain is whitelisted.

 

Anyone have a clue what domains I need to whitelist so Stream will work from behind my VPN? 


you would need to contact the VPN program vendor. my hit on that link while playing a live tv channel stream was 

{
    "reason": "Bad CloudDvr Token",
    "statusCode": 403,
    "statusSubCode": "403-103"
}
so obviously it doesn't refer to my chrome copy of the streaming website instance in chrome.
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I'm not sure the response you received to the code means much.  I get the same response whether I am connected via VPN or not.  I only saw a difference within the chrome developer console when accessing the Xfinity Stream website.  If my VPN was enabled, that address returned an error.  With the VPN off, I didn't even see it at all.

 

Interestingly, when I looked for that same item today, I could not find it.  However, I am now finding a javascript variable "inhome-restrictions" that updates every few minutes.  Even more interesting is that the variable seems to randomly switch between in-home and out-of-home while my VPN status remains unchanged.     

 


@Rustyben wrote:

@jkbuckethead wrote:

I'm sure that VPN discussions are discouraged here, but I am NOT trying to use my VPN to access Stream from somewhere else, in fact I am trying make Stream bypass my VPN.  I am only trying to make Stream work from my house, which routes most traffic through a VPN.  As a result, when I use the xfinity stream website on my PC, I get the message about connecting via my home wifi and I can only watch the Go channels because it thinks I am not at home when I am in fact sitting at home about 3 feet from my XFi gateway.

 

I know the issue is related to my VPN because Stream works if I temporarily whitelist my PC but this is not a permanent solution.  I am willing and able to whitelist specific devices and website domains so that they bypass the VPN.  At first I tried whitelisting the obvious domains of comcast.net and xfinity.com but it did not work.  Then, using developer tools in Chrome, I whitelisted every website that the page appears to be accessing, and still I am getting only the GO channels. 

 

The most interesting element I saw using developer tools was a call to https://xtvapi.cloudtv.comcast.net/inhome-check/ that fails in spite of the fact that the comcast.net domain is whitelisted.

 

Anyone have a clue what domains I need to whitelist so Stream will work from behind my VPN? 


you would need to contact the VPN program vendor. my hit on that link while playing a live tv channel stream was 

{
    "reason": "Bad CloudDvr Token",
    "statusCode": 403,
    "statusSubCode": "403-103"
}
so obviously it doesn't refer to my chrome copy of the streaming website instance in chrome.

 

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