How to enable VPN on your smart TV and other devices
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:
- Connect your Smart TV to a VPN connection that you share from a Mac computer.
- Connect your Smart TV to a VPN connection that you share from a Windows computer.
- Connect to the VPN with a flashed router - a router with replaced firmware. This is a very advanced topic.
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.
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/win7.html#installation
The first step is to connect to the VPN on your Windows computer and enable it for sharing
Connect to the VPN
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.
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.