Why would you want to install a VPN on your Mi Box? There are many reasons but I will go through a few of the important ones below.
First, if you haven’t already noticed, our privacy is gone. Just watch the movie Snowden and you will quickly realize that our government and Internet service providers can see everything that we are doing online.
When you install a VPN on any device, you will enjoy an encrypted connection which means it will be impossible to see what you are downloading or streaming on your device. The VPN will connect your Mi Box to one of their servers through an encrypted connection, assign it a new IP address, which will place your device in stealth mode so your privacy will remain intact.
If you have installed Kodi on your Mi Box and you have used some addons such as Exodus, SportsDevil, SALTS, etc, you may have noticed that many of them don’t work the way that they are advertised. Or, you will notice that the video is constantly buffering. The reason for this is because many Internet service providers are starting to either block or throttle your connection to these addons. Most of these providers are also in the cable television business so they don’t want you using these Kodi addons. A VPN will allow you to connect to these Kodi resources without any limitations.
IPVanish VPN Service
I have tried at least a dozen different VPN services on my various streaming devices. There are three main factors that are important to me when looking at VPN services. The first is to ensure that the VPN provider doesn’t store any traffic logs. By doing this, there is not Internet traffic history on file for items that you have downloaded or streamed.
Next, it is important that the download speeds are strong. Many of these VPN providers will connect you to crappy servers that will return a terrible download speed which will not allow you to stream quality HD content to your devices.
I also want to ensure that the user interface that the VPN service provides through the application works on all devices. With the Mi Box, it is important that you can use your remote to navigate the application. Since this is an application that we are sideloading, many times these apps will only work on a tablet or phone.
I always get the question, “I want to use a free VPN service, where can I find a good one?” First of all, I always chuckle when I hear this question because there is no way in “heck” that I would trust a free service with my streaming logs. Also, the free ones that I have tried when I set out on this mission, were very slow and completely unreliable.
When looking at these important features, the best VPN service that I have come across is IPVanish. This service gets an A+ on all of the requirements that I have listed above.
Be sure to watch my video below which will take you through the steps of installing a VPN on a Mi Box with IPVanish.
How To Install VPN On The Mi Box With IPVanish Tutorial
The video below will provide step-by-step details for installing the VPN onto the Mi Box. The written instructions below the video are general steps that don’t go into all of the exact details.
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Step 2 Go into Mi Box settings and ensure that Unknown Sources is turned on.
Step 3 Install ES File Explorer through Google Play Store.
Step 4 Input the following address into the Download Manager within ES File Explorer, name it, and install it – http://troypoint.com/ipvanish
Step 5 Launch IPVanish and adjust the settings for personal preference.
Step 6 Click the “Connect” button to connect to the VPN service. Once you do this, you can back out of the application with your back button on the remote and the service will run in the background.