Setting up OpenVPN on an Amazon Fire TV.
IMPORTANT: The setup of a VPN connection on an AFTV device is by no means straight forward, this setup will certainly void any kind of warantee that you have on the device, you may be better off using our SmartDNS system if your AFTV is still under warantee or if you are not happy installing unapproved apps. Your AFTV device will have to be rooted in order to install the nessesary files required for an OpenVPN connection to function, which again, is not at all straight forward and not recommended if you are not happy side loading apps and files onto your deivce. If your Amazon Fire TV device does not have root access you will not be able to install or connect to the VPNUK service through OpenVPN.
Having said all that, if you are still happy to continue creating an OpenVPN connection on your Amazon Fire TV device, the following tutorial will guide you through the rooting procedure and side loading installation of OpenVPN and all the files required to make a successful connection to the VPNUK service through OpenVPN.
Disclaimer: In order to setup your Amazon Fire TV device for OpenVPN you will first require root access, this will require the downoad and side loading of a number of files. In order to install these files you will need to view the AFTV device from a computer and load the files over your internal network. Do you agree that continuing with this tutorial is done so at your own rish and that VPNUK take no responsibility for any damage caused to your device during this setup tutorial. Are you also aware that VPNUK do not recommend you undertake any part of this tutorial if you are not happy voiding any kind of warantee.
1. Side Load OpenVPN for Android.
VPNUK Limited users can download the .apk installer file ‘OpenVPN for Android’ by Arne Schwabe from our server to a computer for transfer. Click here to download the file.
2. Start Configuration
Click here to configure the OpenVPN config files from our server.
3. Choose a Server
If your account is on the Shared IP platform, you are welcome to choose any or as many servers as you like. If you have a Dedicated IP account your server details will be automatically selected for you.
4. Get the files
Choose which file you would like to configure, you have the choice of TCP and UDP. TCP connections are useful if you are behind a University or Corporate firewall.
5. Open Application
Go to the OpenVPN application and open it, you will find the application on your home screen.
6. Import new configuration
Go to ‘Profiles’ and select ‘Import’.
7. Select Configuration file
Click onto any of the ‘.ovpn’ files and then click onto the ‘Select’ button. You will find the configuration file in the ‘Download’ folfer on your Kindle.
8. Confirm Import
Click the the ‘Import’ icon to confirm the profile import.
9. Configure Connection
Click onto the ‘controls’ icon.
10. Basic Configuration
Select ‘Basic’ from the list of options.
11. Username & Password
Enter your VPNUK login username and password. You can find this information in the ‘Welcome Email’ or you can retrieve the details from the ‘Client CP‘. Then return to the profiles overview by clicking onto the back arrow twice.
12. Connect the VPN
Click onto the profile you would like to connect to in order to initiate the conection
procedure. The first time you connect to OpenVPN for Android you may receive a prompt. Check the box labelled ‘I trust this application’ then click ‘OK’.
ISP DNS Hijack / DNS Leak Protection
Some ISPs will attempt to hijack your DNS settings which hinders the VPN connection from functioning correctly. If you find that your VPNUK connection does not route your traffic correctly you can try changing your Public DNS server to the VPNUK DNS server or to an alternative like Google DNS.
Go to Settings.
Go to ‘Wireless’ settings.
Go to ‘Wi-Fi’.
Click your connection from the list of available networks for a few seconds and select ‘Modify network’ when the option appears.
Select the option to ‘Show advanced options’ and ensure the IP Settings dropdown is set to ‘Static’.
Change ‘DNS 1’ to the VPNUK Public DNS server: 126.96.36.199 or the Google Public DNS IP address: 188.8.131.52.