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You've figured out how to use VPN on your computer and tablet, but now you'd like to use the VPN to watch your favourite shows on a smart TV or device.
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You're using your FoxyProxy VPN on your computer, tablet, and phone. But now you'd like to use it on a smart TV or other device in order to watch your favourite shows. This device could be the Apple TV, ChromeCast, Samsung TVs, Panasonic TVs, Nintendo Wii, Playstation, or maybe an Xbox 360.
This could include the Apple TV,Nintendo Wii, Playstation or maybe an Xbox 360.
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This title to this post is a little misleading because there is currently no way to setup VPN directly on Smart TVs because most don't allow third party applications to be installed on them and their network settings are restricted.The only solution to using a VPN on a Smart TV is to run the VPN through a flashed router, or a router with replaced firmware. Alternatively you can connect your Smart TV to a shared  VPN connection which is much simpler to do.
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Most of those devices do not allow you to specify a VPN in their network settings. And most also don't allow third party applications to be installed on them. So, the solution is to connect to the FoxyProxy VPN using one of your computers/tablets/phones, and then '''share that connection''' with the smart TV. The smart TV thinks it's connecting to a wifi router when it's actually connecting to your computer/tablet/phone. Here are instructions to do this:
  
===How to share the VPN connection on Windows ===
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<li>[[#How_to_share_the_VPN_connection_on_Mac|Connect your Smart TV to a VPN connection that you share from a Mac computer]].</li>
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<li>[[#How_to_share_the_VPN_connection_on_Windows|Connect your Smart TV to a VPN connection that you share from a Windows computer]].</li>
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<li>[[#Using_a_Flashed_Router|Connect to the VPN with a flashed router]] - a router with replaced firmware. This is a very advanced topic.</li>
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Before you can watch Netflix or Hulu or BBC iPlayer on the TV, you need a fully functional VPN subscription. If you haven't subscribed to our VPN already, do so here: http://getfoxyproxy.org/proxyservice/ . Next, make sure the VPN connection is setup correctly:  This is important, you must use the OS's built in VPN connection method and not any other VPN app. If you need help with this, see https://getfoxyproxy.org/vpn/win7.html#installation
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==How to share the VPN connection on Mac==
  
The next step is sharing the VPN connection.
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Connect to your FoxyProxy VPN account, then [https://support.apple.com/kb/PH18704 follow these instructions] to share that connection as a new WiFi network. Finally, connect your smart TV to the newly-created Wifi network.
  
'''First Step: Connect to the VPN:''' <br /> <br />
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==How to share the VPN connection on Windows==
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Before you can watch Netflix or Hulu or BBC iPlayer on the TV, you need a fully functional VPN subscription. If you haven't subscribed to our VPN already, do so here: http://getfoxyproxy.org/proxyservice/ . Make sure the VPN connection is setup correctly: This is important, you must use the OS's built in VPN connection method and not any other VPN app. If you need help with this, see https://getfoxyproxy.org/vpn/
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The first step is to connect to the VPN on your Windows computer and enable it for sharing
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===Connect to the VPN===
 
[[File:Vpn_connected2.png|300px]]
 
[[File:Vpn_connected2.png|300px]]
  
Go to the taskbar and click on the connection icon. You will see the VPN connection you just created. Right click on the VPN and select properties.
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=== If you happen to have a wired Ethernet connection ===
Choose the sharing tab and check on “Allow other networks users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”
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After setting the VPN up, the next step is to share your Internet connection. If you happen to have a wired ethernet connection, it's easy. See [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_PG2vUTHHc this video].
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===No wired connection===
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After setting the VPN up, the next step is to share your Internet connection.  Go to the taskbar and click on the connection icon. You will see the VPN connection you just created. Right click on the VPN and select '''Properties'''. Choose the sharing tab and check '''Allow other networks users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.'''
  
 
[[File:Sharing_tab.png]]
 
[[File:Sharing_tab.png]]
  
'''Step Two'''<br />
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Next, you need to share the VPN with a connection that you aren't already using, for example if you're connected to the Internet via WiFi, share your VPN with your Ethernet and then connect the TV to the unused Ethernet port. For this to work, you have to share the VPN to an inactive connection.
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===The Confusing Part===
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You need to share the VPN with a connection that you aren't already using. For example, if your Windows computer is connected to the Internet via WiFi, create a 2nd Wifi connection and connect the TV to that. '''For this to work, you have to share the VPN to an inactive connection.'''
 
   
 
   
  
'''Step Three'''
 
Finally, click OK and reconnect to the VPN to enable sharing and connect your TV or device.
 
  
If you need help with any of these steps, feel free to send us an : [[mailto:support@getfoxyproxy.org email]]
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===Reconnect to the VPN===
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Finally, click OK and reconnect to the VPN to enable sharing and connect your TV or device. If you need help with any of these steps, please [http://getfoxyproxy.org/contact.html contact us]
  
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== Using a Flashed Router ==
  
=== Using a flashed Router ===
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Using a flashed router is a slightly more complicated approach, but it's biggest advantage is that you only need to set it up once and it works for all the devices in your network. The idea is that your '''router''' connects to the FoxyProxy VPN. And since all the devices in your home, including your SmartTVs, connect to the internet through your router, they too will be using the VPN connection.
  
Using a flashed router is a slightly more complicated approach but it's biggest advantage is that you only need to set it up once and it works for all the devices in your network. DD-WRT firmware can be installed on the typical home use router to enhance its network capabilities. If you don't want to tinker with your current router, you can [https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=dd-wrt+router&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=dd-wrt+router&channel=fs&tbm=shop buy one with DD-WRT pre-installed]
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[http://www.dd-wrt.com DD-WRT], Open-WRT, and Tomato are the most popular router firmware packages. All are open-source. They can be installed on the typical home routers to enhance network capabilities like specifying a VPN to which the router should connect. If you don't want to tinker with your current router, you can [https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=dd-wrt+router&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=dd-wrt+router&channel=fs&tbm=shop buy one with DD-WRT pre-installed]. For example, [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162086 here is one from NewEgg for USD $47.99].

Latest revision as of 21:16, 2 December 2015

You're using your FoxyProxy VPN on your computer, tablet, and phone. But now you'd like to use it on a smart TV or other device in order to watch your favourite shows. This device could be the Apple TV, ChromeCast, Samsung TVs, Panasonic TVs, Nintendo Wii, Playstation, or maybe an Xbox 360.

Most of those devices do not allow you to specify a VPN in their network settings. And most also don't allow third party applications to be installed on them. So, the solution is to connect to the FoxyProxy VPN using one of your computers/tablets/phones, and then share that connection with the smart TV. The smart TV thinks it's connecting to a wifi router when it's actually connecting to your computer/tablet/phone. Here are instructions to do this:

Contents

How to share the VPN connection on Mac

Connect to your FoxyProxy VPN account, then follow these instructions to share that connection as a new WiFi network. Finally, connect your smart TV to the newly-created Wifi network.

How to share the VPN connection on Windows

Before you can watch Netflix or Hulu or BBC iPlayer on the TV, you need a fully functional VPN subscription. If you haven't subscribed to our VPN already, do so here: http://getfoxyproxy.org/proxyservice/ . Make sure the VPN connection is setup correctly: This is important, you must use the OS's built in VPN connection method and not any other VPN app. If you need help with this, see https://getfoxyproxy.org/vpn/

The first step is to connect to the VPN on your Windows computer and enable it for sharing


Connect to the VPN

Vpn connected2.png

If you happen to have a wired Ethernet connection

After setting the VPN up, the next step is to share your Internet connection. If you happen to have a wired ethernet connection, it's easy. See this video.


No wired connection

After setting the VPN up, the next step is to share your Internet connection. Go to the taskbar and click on the connection icon. You will see the VPN connection you just created. Right click on the VPN and select Properties. Choose the sharing tab and check Allow other networks users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.

Sharing tab.png


The Confusing Part

You need to share the VPN with a connection that you aren't already using. For example, if your Windows computer is connected to the Internet via WiFi, create a 2nd Wifi connection and connect the TV to that. For this to work, you have to share the VPN to an inactive connection.


Reconnect to the VPN

Finally, click OK and reconnect to the VPN to enable sharing and connect your TV or device. If you need help with any of these steps, please contact us

Using a Flashed Router

Using a flashed router is a slightly more complicated approach, but it's biggest advantage is that you only need to set it up once and it works for all the devices in your network. The idea is that your router connects to the FoxyProxy VPN. And since all the devices in your home, including your SmartTVs, connect to the internet through your router, they too will be using the VPN connection.

DD-WRT, Open-WRT, and Tomato are the most popular router firmware packages. All are open-source. They can be installed on the typical home routers to enhance network capabilities like specifying a VPN to which the router should connect. If you don't want to tinker with your current router, you can buy one with DD-WRT pre-installed. For example, here is one from NewEgg for USD $47.99.