So you figured out how to use a VPN on your computer, in order to protect yourself from intruders and annoying restrictions. Also, you’ve probably learned how to utilize it on your portable device, but now you’ve got yourself Smart TV. When trying to watch Netflix and Hulu you’ve realized that since you’re outside the US, it doesn’t work. That’s why using your VPN service for your new TV will definitely benefit you in the long run. The VPN will simply block your IP address then route you to an anonymous US VPN service just like you do with your VPN for your PC and mobile devices.
There is no way to directly setup a VPN on a Smart TV, the only solution to using a VPN on a Smart TV is to run the VPN through a DD-WRT router and then connect your TV to the router. Alternatively you can connect your Smart TV to a shared Windows VPN connection which is a much more simple process.
- Setup VPN on Windows depending on the provider you choose.
- Go to the connection menu and right click on the VPN network. Select Properties. Choose the sharing tab and check on “Allow other networks users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.
- Share your VPN with your Ethernet if you use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. Choose to share to a network connection that you aren’t already using.
- Click OK and connect your Smart TV.
- You’re all set, enjoy watching movies and series on your shiny new Smart TV!
The process for Mac OSX users is very similar and just as simple.
So how again can a VPN be beneficial on a Smart TV? Simple. Netflix is American based and will block you from using their services if you are located elsewhere. A VPN will mask your IP by allowing you to connect to an American VPN server. Then, you can access Netflix on your Smart TV with a US IP no matter where you are. The Best VPNs to use for this method depend on your operating system and personal preferences, and include providers such as HideMyAss, VyprVPN and IPVanish.