Schools or universities are known to block and restrict students’ access to certain websites and applications. Usually, these kinds of restrictions can be managed through the router. Anyone connected to that router either through wi-fi or ethernet will be blocked out of said websites.
Discord is one of those applications/websites that are very commonly blocked in schools because students often use them to talk, send files, etc.
Still, not being able to access Discord can be infuriating at times, especially when you most need it.
To help you get Discord to work while on School WiFi, here are a few ways you can bypass these types of restrictions.
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Method 1: Using A VPN
You may have already heard about VPNs as they are often advertised all over the internet.
VPN or Virtual Private Networks create a tunnel to a virtual network that can be (geographically) located anywhere. Users can connect to this virtual network and send/receive information through the above-mentioned tunnel.
The user’s IP address, location, personal information, and data will be completely hidden while the receiving end (the website) will get altered data. With this it is possible to trick the router with a different IP address and location, allowing you to bypass any restrictions, including Discord’s block.
Be wary though as some routers can be adjusted to completely block out VPN addresses, restricting any kind of access to the internet.
Using a VPN service is pretty simple.
After that, simply restart Discord and check whether you can connect to a server. You shouldn’t have any issues as long as your VPN is left enabled.
Note: VPNs are rarely free. Some brands may offer free trials or several hundred megabytes free every month, but that may not be enough. You’ll have to pay for one of their subscription plans to utilize the service to its full extent.
Method 2: Using A Smart DNS
DNS is a domain naming system that helps internet users around the world surf through the internet much more intuitively. Every website has its IP address which is a long combination of numbers (e.g. 22.214.171.124).
Memorizing hundreds of number combinations isn’t realistic which is why we have turned these IP addresses into words i.e. domain names (Facebook, Discord, YouTube, and so on).
A DNS resolver on the other hand is a server that handles that translation from domain name to IP address.
So, whenever you want to go to Discord while on your school’s WiFi, your computer sends the Discord domain name to a DNS resolver, and only then you can access the website. But, once you go through the DNS resolver, the router blocks you from accessing the website.
A smart DNS will change your device’s DNS when trying to access certain websites. This may or may not work. It depends on the type of restriction set in place by your school.
Method 3: Using A Proxy
A proxy or proxy server is probably the best way one can bypass through a type of restriction placed by schools.
A proxy is a gateway between the user and the website/internet. It’s a middle-man. You send the proxy a request to visit Discord, the proxy then sends and receives the required information from the website and then redirects it back to you.
A proxy will make the browsing experience slower for you, but still better than not accessing Discord at all.
What makes this solution better than other alternatives is the fact there are tons of free proxies out there. Some of them will limit how much you can browse, but it won’t matter if you only need a proxy for Discord.
Method 4: Access Discord With Its IP Address
Previously we talked about what domain names are and that all websites have an IP address. You can use an IP address to access a site.
Since most schools try to regulate websites by blocking their domain names, you can use this to your advantage and access Discord. To obtain Discord’s IP address, here’s what you will need to do.
First, open CMD. To do that, right-click the Start Menu icon and select Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. Or just hit Win button + R, type cmd, and hit enter. Once CMD is open, type tracert Discord.com.
The red arrows in the image above point towards Discord’s IP address which is 126.96.36.199.
Now you can paste this IP address in your browser and hit enter. This will bypass the school’s restriction of Discord.
We recommend going through the CMD command to ensure that Discord’s IP address hasn’t changed. Additionally, this may not always work as it may redirect you to a Cloudflare error page.
Final Words On Unblocking Discord
Depending on the skills or knowledge of your school’s “tech guy” determines how successful you will be with unblocking Discord on their WiFi. If the restriction is properly applied, none of these solutions will work.
If it is some low effort restriction then you’ll probably be lucky enough to find one method that will work for you.
When nothing works, we suggest connecting your computer with your phone’s mobile data either through cable or Bluetooth, so you can access Discord.