How to Setup VPN on a TV Box

March 15, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

What Is a TV Box?

TV box is a small device that can be attached to any TV to turn it into a smart TV. TV boxes are supported by Android and can be connected to the internet either via wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Just like most Android supported devices; TV boxes usually come with Google Play App Store application installed on them. So the user can install YouTube, Netflix, Hulu or any streaming application and watch directly on their regular TV. Popular TV boxes nowadays include Amazon TV Fire, Nvidia Shield TV and SkyStreamX4.

Why Do You Need VPN for TV Boxes?

To get rid of buffering: There are many ISPs which happen to be in the market of cable television. Using alternative streaming methods has affected their profits dramatically so they might throttle your connection on purpose and to avoid this, you need to use VPN connection to completely hide your online activity from your ISP.

Access geo-restricted content: in case you live in a region where certain streaming services are not available, VPN will help you solve this problem. By virtually changing your geographic location, you will be able to access any restricted content you like while maintaining your privacy and security.

How to Setup VPN on TV Boxes?

There 2 methods for setting VPN on TV boxes:

Installing b.VPN Android application

If you have Google Play app installed on your TV box and you have a Google account, this should be very simple. All you need to do is to open Google Play, type “b.VPN” in Search file, highlight the first result you see and press “OK” in your remote control.

To find out how to use b.VPN Android app, click here.

If you don’t have Google Play installed on your TV box, open this page from any browser on your TV box and click here to directly download b.VPN Android app.

Manual L2TP/IPsec configuration

Android operating system comes with built-in VPN option by default. You may also follow these instructions

To manually setup VPN on TV box without having to download b.VPN Android application. It’s really simple plus you won’t need to open the application each time and connect, you will have always-on VPN connection. The only problem with this method would be that when you need to change server location, you will have to repeat all the steps.