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- Install the best Kodi addons with the push of a button.
- Use proven buffering techniques to ensure smooth playback.
- Setup a VPN for secure streaming & avoid throttling from your Internet service provider
- Install your own home media server with FREE software.
- Enjoy thousands of FREE movies, tv shows, live streams, etc.
This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to install a VPN service on the Fire TV or FireStick. This tutorial will not work on the 1st Generation Fire TV Stick but will work with all other models (1st Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV, 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick).
You will know if you have a 2nd Generation FireStick by looking on the outside of the unit and if the Model Name is LY73PR, it is a 2nd Generation device.
If you notice that when you connect to the VPN service and your IP address does not change, more than likely, you are using a first generation Fire TV Stick and this process will not work for you.
Why would you want to setup a VPN on your Fire TV or FireStick? So that your nosy Internet service provider and others can’t see what you are streaming on your devices. A VPN service will encrypt your link to the Internet and create an anonymous connection through a private IP address.
You may also experience increased streaming speeds because many Internet service providers impose throttling methods for programs such as Kodi and Android apps such as Mobdro and UKTVNOW. A VPN will take care of this and allow you to connect at the full speed that your service should allow.
Another reason is to have the option of accessing sites or streams that are only available to people in a certain geographical regions. The VPN service referenced below will give you the option of connecting through various servers that are located throughout different areas of the world.
Unfortunately, some Internet service providers are cracking down on those who use Kodi Media Center, Modbdro, Showbox, etc, to access video streams that are readily available on the Internet. The reason why they want to do this is because many of the Internet companies also serve as cable companies as well, which means less money for them. They may threaten to shut down your Internet connection if they don’t like what you are accessing through your Fire TV, FireStick, or any Internet connected device.
A VPN service will protect you against prying eyes and make your connection to the Internet anonymous.
Ever since I started creating tutorials on the Fire TV/Stick, one of the most popular requests was, “How to install VPN on Fire TV/Stick”. Unfortunately, prior to one of the latest Fire TV firmware updates, it was not possible to do this unless your device had been rooted.
VPN Service Providers
I have used a half dozen VPN services over the past seven years and I finally came across one that work very well with the Fire TV or FireStick. One of the most important features to look at when comparing VPN services is download speed. No matter which VPN service that you choose, you will notice a drop in your download speed due to the fact that your traffic is routed through a separate server. The VPN provider that I recommend below provides the best download speeds when compared to their competitors and they do not keep any traffic logs of what you download or stream.
The VPN service providers that I recommend is IPVanish. I provide a video tutorial below on how to setup a VPN on the Fire TV or Stick with this service which you will see below.
IPVanish does not keep track of any traffic logs so if they were ever requested to provide your streaming history, it doesn’t exist.
Not only do I use a VPN on my connected devices within my home, I also use it when I am travelling. You should NEVER connect to a public WIFI hot-spot without protection through a VPN service.
IPVanish will allow you to use their VPN service on five devices at the same time with one account. This is great for those of us who use a VPN service on our computer, phone, and Fire TV or Stick.
These services also provide applications that can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The mobile applications for both Android and iOS are outstanding. Due to their large ecosystem of supported operating systems, you can use your account on your different devices.
If you ever travel and connect to public wifi hotspots, you should ALWAYS be connected to the access point through a VPN service. You can use your same IPVanish account on your other devices which is a great benefit.
I strongly suggest that you view the video below as it will help you install a great VPN application onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
How To Install VPN On Fire TV or FireStick With IPVanish Tutorial
Please watch the video below for step-by-step instructions. The written instructions below the video are general steps that don’t get into the small details.
IMPORTANT: Prior to starting the tutorial, ensure that you have the latest Fire TV/FireStick firmware installed by going to Settings / System / About / Check for System Update. Apply any updates that are available.
After you connect, if the IP address doesn’t change, go into the settings screen and then back to the quick launch screen and you will notice that the IP address has changed. There is a bug with the current version that might not refresh the screen after you connect. IPVanish is aware of this and will correct in the next version that will be released soon.
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How To Install VPN On Fire TV or FireStick Tutorial
- Register for an account at IPVanish by clicking HERE. You will be assigned a username and password that you will use in a future step.
- Go into Fire TV Settings / Device or System / Developer Options / and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging (optional).
- Install Downloader App through the search bar.
- Input the following address in the Downloader application and install IPVanish application – http://troypoint.com/ipvanish
- Launch IPVanish and modify settings to your liking.
- Click the “Connect” button to create a VPN connection with your Fire TV or Stick.
The video below will provide a tutorial on how install an update for IPVanish on a Fire TV or FireStick.