How to enable VPN on your smart TV and other devices

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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. This could include the Apple TV, ChromeCast, Samsung TVs, Panasonic TVs, Nintendo Wii, Playstation, or maybe an Xbox 360.

The title to this post is a little misleading because there is currently no way to setup VPN directly on Smart TVs -- most don't allow third party applications to be installed on them and their network settings are very restricted. The only solution to using a VPN on a Smart TV is to:

  • run the VPN through a flashed router (a router with replaced firmware)
  • connect your Smart TV to VPN connection that you share from a Mac or Windows computer. This is much simpler than the flashed router approach.

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: . 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

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

First Step: Connect to the VPN:

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Second Step: Allow Sharing:

Now, 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”

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Step Three:
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.

Step Four 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 : [email]

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. 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 buy one with DD-WRT pre-installed