Android TV boxes are nifty little devices that run Android. They are designed to be connected to your TV. They take advantage of the power and flexibility of Android to serve as powerful media streaming devices. While you’re streaming with an Android TV box, you should take measures to protect your internet connection. One way of doing this is by using a VPN while streaming with your box. Here, we’ll cover the importance of using a VPN and how to install one on your precious Android TV box.
Why Use a VPN?
A VPN masks your identity while you’re online by routing your internet connection through secure third-party servers. This is useful for a number of reasons. Firstly, your internet service provider (ISP) can see all of your internet activity! This includes streaming and some ISPs have been known to throttle streaming activity since this is a high bandwidth activity. ISPs in the US can also sell your data to third parties for a profit! Using a VPN will prevent ISPs from being able to do such things.
Additionally, VPNs can protect you from some malicious attacks. VPNs can protect you from hackers who may try to hijack your internet connection. VPNs can also allow you to access geographically restricted content. This is possible since you can route your internet connection through servers in several different countries.
By now, you should be able to see the value of the VPN. Now, let’s cover the installation of this useful application on your Android TV Box.
How to Install a VPN on an Android TV Box
There are a few ways for you to go about installing a VPN on your Android TV Box. We will cover the various ways below.
Install Your VPN Provider’s App
Most VPN providers offer an Android app. The easiest way to get set up with a VPN on your Android TV box is to simply install the relevant app from the Google Play store. Setting up the app is usually as simple as logging in to your VPN account and pressing “connect”.
Install a VPN on Your Router
These days several routers support VPN installation. If you install a VPN on your router, then all of the devices connected to it will be protected by a VPN. This will mean that after you complete the setup on your router, you won’t have to worry about setting up VPN apps on your individual devices. While this option is usually more difficult to set up initially, it saves you effort in the long run, since you don’t have to worry about making sure that the VPN app is running on the device that you’re using.
In order to take advantage of this method, you will need to first ensure that your router is supported. You will then need to choose a VPN provider that allows for the installation of its service on a router. After you have carried out these 2 steps, follow your VPN provider’s instructions for setting up their service on your router. When this is done, you can go ahead and connect your Android TV box to your router and you should be protected.
Set up a Virtual Vpn Router on Your Mac or Windows Computer
Setting up a virtual VPN router on your computer involves setting up a hotspot on your computer. First, you will need to install a VPN on your computer. You should then create a WiFi hotspot on your computer. Then, simply connect your Android TV Box to your computer’s hotspot, and you will be able to take advantage of the VPN protected internet connection being broadcast from your computer.
It’s important to protect your internet connection, especially when streaming with your Android TV box. There are a few ways of setting up a VPN on your box which we have covered above. Depending on your level of technical skills, one method or another will suit you better. Choose the one that works best for you.