How to connect Apple TV 2 to VPN | Apple TV VPN

by admin on February 13, 2012

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Apple TV VPNThe latest Apple TV comes with Netflix, NBA TV, and other stream application. Unfortunately some of the service is limited to United States locally. If you are to access Netflix in Asia and Europe, your access will be denied. However, we can setup some trick to fool Netflix that you are physically located within United States. One of the famous solution is going through VPN (Virtual Private Network).

How to setup Apple TV VPN?

  • Firstly you have to sign up for a VPN account. There are a number of VPN providers around and I subscribe the service from Hide My Ass. It costs me about $8 a month for six months prepayment.
  • Next you have to config Apple TV to pass the traffic through the VPN service. However, Apple TV (even the Jailbroken version) does not support VPN natively. We have to setup some “middleman” device like vpn router to help doing the job. I am using ASUS RT-N16 as it is recommended by Hide My Ass.

Configuration of VPN Router for Apple TV VPN Settings

Before we start, make sure you have the following ready:

You may proceed further if the above items are ready.

Installation of DD-WRT firmware on your router

  • Connect your router using an Ethernet Cable
  • Using Internet Explorer (IMPORTANT: NOT FIREFOX), Flash the downloaded firmware file through the router’s GUI at http://192.168.1.1/. This process takes around 60 seconds. The default admin username/password is admin/admin
  • After the reboot after flashing, wait for the device to show DD-WRT. Enter root and any password
  • Do a Factory Reset to clear the NVRAM. It is located at Adminstration>Factory Defaults

Configure your VPN router

  • Visit the dd-wrt dashboard by http://192.168.1.1/
  • Go to Setup > Basic Setup, set the followings
  • Connection Type: PPTP
  • Use DHCP: Yes
  • Gateway (PPTP Server): (Your IP of HMA VPN Server)
  • User Name: (The username of PPTP server)
  • Password: (The password of PPTP server)
  • Connection Strategy: Keep Alive
  • PPTP Encryption: Enable
  • Additional PPTP Options: mppe required, stateless
  • STP: Disabled
  • Now you can connect the VPN router to your network, either attach it to your internet router like Airport Extreme, or directly to your ISP. It should be ready to go

Apple TV VPN Settings – Configure your Apple TV to pass through VPN

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  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Network > Configure TCP/IP > Manually
  • Input your VPN Router IP in the Router entry
  • You should be able to login Netflix through Hide My Ass VPN

Troubleshooting

If you run into problem on flashing the firmware, you may visit dd-wrt website to check the details. It is located here

If you have any question, you may leave comment here. Or if you find the above is too complicated, you may try to subscribe some DNS service like Unblock Us. It is easy to setup and cost you $5 per month only.

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If you have read the setup guide for How to connect Apple TV 2 to VPN, it takes a bit of time and skill set to work it out. Honestly the configuration is not easy for general user as it involves quite a lot of low level task like flashing the router. But once you did it, the potential is relatively high as you could hook up many gadgets like Wii, Playstation 3, Google TV to the same VPN router to bypass the restriction.

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For those who simply want a quick setup on Apple TV only, below is a straight forward video that you could find useful. You can learn the trick in 3 minutes only.

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What is Apple TV?

by admin on August 17, 2011

Apple TV has long been developed in the beginning of 2006. It’s initially introduced by Management of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs, inside of a press conference. So what is Apple TV? It’s a small device operates as a electronic content transmitter. Because its presentation to general public, it is launched in many models, and the newest type works with High Definition TV. Briefly, Apple TV generation 3 is a compact gadget, well equipped with all power adapter, internal storage and HDMI cable connector to be plugged for your HDTV. It includes a really beautiful remote control. You’re not only getting an equipment, but also a classy gadget at your house.

The essential set up of AppleTV is to stream all media accessible from iTunes in your Mac. Consequently all photograph, new music and video identified in iTunes could be straightly viewed in Apple TV without difficulty. On top of that, it is possible to watch YouTube, Netflix, flickr, MLB, NBA, NHL, WSJ, Vimeo and other web content. The single program Netflix value very much in the box because you can show unlimited television shows and movies from Netflix to your Telly at a flat month-to-month rate.

Besides information from World-wide-web, Apple also get ready with loads of hot videos and TV episodes for leasing. When you complete a subscription order, you’ll be able to view same films in all of your Mac and PC. Information are available in SD and HD. You may spend a bit higher to get a High definition program, and the quality is excellent in case you decide to pay out a higher charge. With AppleTV, you don’t have to mind the administration of the data files, or syncing the content with other Mac. All purchases are latest updated and AppleTV will care about the caching and file administration.

Apple TV and Airplay

For those who are using iPad or iPhone, you may also transfer the image, video clip, music or maybe the program screen to your device via AirPlay. It offer you the chance to share the picture, or web site you find exciting, towards your relatives and friends in your own home. Airplay also open the door to see and listen those information which are not readily available in Apple TV. One example is, it’s possible you’ll hear an online audio with the iPad, and instantaneously stream it to the television set.

Can you JB your Apple TV?

For all those computer guru, you could possibly also modify your device to a very small media server with some workaround, so you get access to the operating system and configure customized software. For instance, you may install Hulu app to AppleTV to enjoy the totally free online Television show. For owner not located in US, you are constrained to access those content that is offered in US only. In that case, you could utilize other assistance like Unblock US to unblock the constraint. There are tons of possibilities for this tiny device upon your creativity.

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