How It Works
What is a UKSofa box?
A UKSofa Box is a router box, pre-programmed to route your devices DIRECT to a UK Internet account located at our UK-based ISP (Internet Service Provider).
When at your overseas location, you first connect your UKSofa box to the local Broadband, simply by plugging it into your existing (local) internet router.
When you then connect any device (by WiFi or cable) to the UKSofa Box you are automatically routed through to the new internet account that we’ve opened in your own name at our UK-based ISP. This routing then allows you to browse the internet just as you would if you were on your own sofa in the UK.
NOT a VPN
UKSofa is not a VPN; it’s best described as a WiFi extender or Access Point that links your devices to your new internet account at our UK-based ISP.
- Multiple users can connect at any time and for no extra fee.
- Each UKSofa has a UNIQUE fixed UK IP address that you’ll keep for your UKSofa’s life; allowing you to be recognised and welcomed by the sites you re-visit.
- As a UK registered internet service account holder, continuous connectivity is assured.
Our data tunnel technology allows us to provide remote support. This includes 24/7 connectivity monitoring. If your UKSofa experiences an unexpected disconnection, we’ll know about it and often fix problems before you’ve even known there was an issue.
2 Simple Solutions
- UKSofa – for when you have existing local internet
- UKSofa 4G – For when you have no existing broadband
If you want more details on UKSofa, take a look at our FAQ below.
Rules of Use
Users can be Individuals or Businesses
Use is subject to the following restriction:
A UKSofa Box, when connected to your account with our UK-based ISP, gives you unrestricted UK Internet access. If you access sites that require membership, or some other form of pre-access authorisation, you remain responsible for arranging such access rights. Our responsibility is to link you to the UK internet account we provide in your name. Connectivity can never be guaranteed, as we often have limited control over global data links, yet we always monitor your UKSofa Box’s connectivity (to the UK ISP) on a continuous 24/7 basis, thus minimising any downtime.
Your billing address will be the delivery address you provide on your order request yet you may elect to provide us with a separate UK billing address.
Bills will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address you shall provide.
UKSofa works across the EU, in Africa, America and many other countries, yet may not work in countries (such as Russia or China) where local regulations restrict or prohibit internet connectivity.
We’ve tried to give as much detail as we can across our site, but anything we’ve missed will be here.
If you’re looking for the answer to a specific question it should be covered below. If you still need advice, feel free to contact us here.
LOWEST COST with 1 year rental then one month’s notice
Always-on convenience, plus saves 23% compared to monthly contract
Best for a full-time resident or home/rental property frequently occupied
+ One-time Account Configuration £111
+ One-time Account Configuration £186
UKSofa4G Mobile Router*
No Existing Broadband Required
UK-based Internet Account
Unique UK Fixed IP address
Plug ‘n ’Play Design
Connection & Power cables
Data Tunnelling to UK
24/7 Fault Monitoring
Connect up to 20 devices
Free delivery in the UK (Worldwide at cost)
All prices stated are inclusive of UK VAT charged at 20%
*UKSofa4G requires local data SIM | UKSofa requires a local broadband connection and Router
UKSofa is owned by CommerceCall Ltd and operated in partnership with a privately owned UK internet Service Provider (ISP) which already supplies services to the Police, NHS and even the nuclear industry. Security is a priority and they have a high critical care resilience. You’ll struggle to find better, more resilient services.
UKSofa is a UK-based Internet Access Service yet, unlike any other UK internet services (from providers such as BT, TalkTalk, Virgin or PlusNet), you can connect to your account remotely – from anywhere in the World! You do this by using a box we provide (we call it a UKSofa Box). Each UKSofa service has it’s own unique UK IP address meaning when you use your UKSofa Box to connect remotely to the UK internet (direct from the site of our UK-based internet Service Provider, or “ISP”) the sites you visit always see you as located in the UK.
Yes. As you will (a) always connect to the UK internet from your UK-based internet account, and (b) use your unique UK IP address, for the majority of websites this routing will allow you to pass their UK location test. But many popular sites, including all the streaming service providers, will look more deeply into the data you hold on your device and to which they have access, such as data you’ve downloaded in cookies from visiting a website. Having this cookie location data on your device is a common way you can inadvertently reveal your true location when outside the UK. The solution is to hide or remove them.
First, just try switching off your device’s location settings, if that does not resolve a location problem, them move on to deal with Cookies.
For phones you can often hide your location data by moving to airplane mode. It’s normally top of your settings menu and, in one click, you can switch off all location settings. For iPads and Macbooks you need to open settings and then privacy, you can then switch off location settings. For Windows-based devices locations settings comes as part of your browser.
It’s the browser, such as Google or Chrome, that have the show/hide location settings and also store the cookie location data you may also need to remove. For each browser on your device go into settings and select privacy and security. You then select the option/s to remove cookies and browsing data (but do make sure you have first deselected any offer to delete passwords/sign-on data!). A simple way to check location is “off”, is to reboot your device, route through to your UKSofa account (by connecting to your UKSofa Box) and then open a “maps” app, or search “maps” in your browser . If the map that appears shows your actual location, then location settings are still turned on.
Do remember that each time you enter your real location in a search, such as when looking for a local restaurant, you will have told the search engine where you are really located and this information can remain in a cookie on your device. So, if you have recurring location problems simply repeat the cookie delete process given above.
If you have a smart TV, ensure your details are for an address in the UK – NOT your overseas location – it’s an easy mistake to make.
When using a UKSofa Box alongside pre-existing local internet (with its own WiFi network address/SSID) it is easy for a device to remember old WiFi connection instructions and connect you via a local SSID. The best way to avoid this is by removing the SSID password or SSID address from your selection list.
To help you, if you’re experiencing a location problem contact us and we can check your UKSofa Box is connecting via your UK internet account. If it is and you are still presenting a non-UK location, you will then need to check your devices to find and remove any conflicting location settings.
This is a classic sign that they are still using a local internet connection and not using the SSID (WiFi Network Address) of your UKSofa Box. This always happens when you have pre-set an SSID as your default connection.
When no default is set, and as SSIDs often appear in alphabetical order, “UKSofa” is normally last on the list of options so is unlikely to be selected unless marked as your default. In either case, the cure is to delete or remove the passwords from all SSIDs other than the one for UKSofa, and also mark UKSofa as your default connection.
Generally yes, but this is a grey area. When in the UK, to watch or stream live or catch-up TV you must have a UK TV licence. However, when overseas you will need to have the licence issued by the relevant country, in France it’s part of the taxe d’habitation. Some countries (e.g. China and UAE) forbid or restrict what can be viewed. In the EU once you have a licence, any available television channel, (which may include some from the UK), can normally be viewed, yet “foreign” broadcasters may try to restrict availability to help them comply with their own internal contract issues (see next item). Because of the unique way UKSofa maintains a true UK identity, we know of no customer who has ever had their TV access requests blocked.
Yes. Your UKSofa Box’s range can be extended in the same way you would extend the range of any normal Broadband router.
Cable (ethernet) connection always gives the best speed and reliability, but to extend WiFi into a distant room we always suggest using a pair of powerline adaptors. A range extender, which you would normally place in an area of reduced WiFi power near the edge of the UKSofa Box’s normal WiFi range, can be used yet the added coverage area will only ever be at that same level of reduced power.
Most definitely YES. In fact this was UKSofa’s initial purpose. A UKSofa allows you to duplicate your UK desk’s internet access and business phone. Every website you visit, or on-line form you may complete, will (because it routes via your new Internet service account with us) show your UK Identity. Every call you make can show your UK phone number. Every caller dialling your number can hear the normal UK ringing tone.
With a UKSofa your work experience will be just the same as if you were at your UK workplace. As a UKSofa can host multiple devices you could even invite all your UK-based team to join you in your overseas hideaway (yet that may defeat the reason you’ve gone there in the first place!)
All websites are “virtually” located in their home country and the owners are free to impose access restrictions. These can prevent a non-resident from visiting the site and downloading content. It’s a legal and very common process known as geo-blocking, but it can be very annoying if you’re on holiday from the UK.
- Examples of geo-blocking
- Global corporations will often have websites in many countries. As a means of generating local sales, each one can have different pricing. To avoid visitors from a higher-priced more affluent country from buying through another country’s lower-priced website, they impose geo-blocking and will commonly route the visitor to the site they want them to view.
- Entertainment sites (including TV channels) will buy content that only licenses them to broadcast content to viewers located in pre-agreed countries. If you’re not, you may be geo-blocked.
- UK Streaming Services (such as Netflix UK or SkyGo) were able to be accessed from any EU state yet in 2021 this concession was revoked. If you have a UK streaming service it will now only be available when you are in (or seen to be in) the UK.
No. A VPN is a network of private servers, normally located in many countries. With a VPN you join the internet in your local country, connect to the VPN’s website and they then replace your real IP address with a false IP address from the internet of the country you wish to access.
A VPN is designed to cloak your real location and does this by giving each of its servers the IP address you’ll then share with multiple users (which can be thousands!). This is the main reason many VPN’s are known to give poor quality connections and why many are eventually banned from accessing popular sites.
Because every UKSofa Box links to your associated UKSofa Internet Service account (with Fixed UK IP address) it connects to the internet in precisely the same way as a normal UK home or business UK internet; so all activity is genuine UK based activity.
Two. The basic and original UKSofa connects your UKSofa Box to your hosted Internet account via any pre-existing local internet connection; which can be ADSL, Fibre, satellite or even a 4G mobile internet router. It’s simple to fit and just works.
If you don’t have existing broadband, you’ll need our mobile data version, the UKSofa4G. This is a mobile Broadband Router that we’ve adapted to incorporate UKSofa technology. To make it work you’ll also need to source a local mobile data SIM, preferably with unlimited data.
Yes, it’s one of our major advantages over a VPN. In fact every UKSofa can simultaneously host as many as 20 users (time to invite the neighbours?)
UKSofa will work anywhere in the world where there is internet connectivity. The normal exceptions are some countries where internet is restricted, such as China and certain middle east countries. Be careful you do not break local laws!
Yes, but only French SIMs. You will need a French bank account and a French phone number (a neighbours number is sometimes sufficient) and if ordering something that needs to be delivered in a parcel or will involve a technician’s visit, you’ll also need a French mobile number that can receives SMS.
No. We “tunnel” you into the UK and to your UK-based Hosted Internet Service account. If a website needs you to pre-register to gain access, you will need to register and it remains your responsibility to maintain your membership(s) or other login details.
Absolutely YES! Employers increasingly use surveillance and monitoring tools such as hubstaff. They are useful yet can also take screenshots of your private use, potentially allowing them to see your private emails and details of your private contacts.
By connecting a UKSofa Box and using a private device (such as your phone, a laptop or tablet) all your internet use can be completely hidden from your employer.
Please note: many employees embed apps on work devices that record a worker’s web activity. To ensure your activity remains private not only will you need to use a UKSofa Box but you will also need to use a private device for your browsing activity.
We specifically do not log any web activity. This golden rule has never been breached. Occasionally we receive requests for information, these are always met with a requirement for the request to be backed by a valid Court disclosure order. No such court order has ever been received thus confirming all requests are opportunistic and without foundation.
We are the most active of all the ISPs in the UK. We activity monitor each connection and if a connection goes down, we are alerted to this. Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) is manned 24/7 to monitor the network and to assure quality of service.
Data Flows are monitored in real-time, allowing us in real time to track data routing round the globe enabling us to find any points of failure – FAST.
We do not like unhappy customers! So, if your UKSofa is faulty we will happily exchange it. In the rare situation where we are at fault and this cannot be solved by us supplying an exchange unit, we are also entirely happy to cancel any remaining contract commitment you may have. In most cases the fall in quality of service through your UKSofa is due to a local issue, such as a reduction to the quality of your third party local broadband. Not being our fault, we would not be able to cancel any of your UKSofa contract obligations, yet we will always work with you to provide information that may help you to prove your reduced service levels to your local internet provider.
Any broadband with a speed that's fast enough to allow you to do your chosen tasks. The only specific broadband requirement is that is must allow use of L2TP, which is the protocol we use to link your UKSofa Box to your UK-based UKSofa Internet access account. Fortunately most broadband permits L2TP yet if uncertain just ask your local provider.
Yes. If you connect a device through your UKSofa you should route via your UK Internet access point with its UK Fixed IP address. But if your device has cookies from a visit to an overseas site, your local router may take over the routing and reveal you’re not in the UK! You can avoid this by applying a manual or an automatic process.
Manual method. Before going to a critical site first visit a site that allows you to check your IP address (or Google “What’s my IP address”). If OK, carry on.
Automatic method. If you need to be very cautious we can provide a special UKSofa router that will ban all local connectivity and only ever connect via your UKSofa account. Please contact us for more details.