Samsung Smart TV with VPN Router
Posted by Eddie Gibbs on 06 December 2017 10:58 AM
The advent of internet connected TVs (i.e. Smart TVs) has allowed users to access a whole range of IPTV apps directly from their television remote.
Popular models are offered by all leading manufacturers including Samsung; with apps available including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Smart IPTV.
Connecting your Samsung Smart TV to your VPN Router using WiFi:
The WiFi access point for your VPN Router will as standard be in the following format: UK-WIFI-1234 (this is an example of the wireless network you should connect to from your Smart TV to enable your encrypted VPN network on the device)
Connecting your Samsung Smart TV to you VPN Router with wired connection:
As standard we recommend attempting a wired connection from your Smart TV to the VPN Router using DHCP (automatic connection). If your VPN Router is in a different room to your Smart TV but you wish to connect using wired mode rather then wireless then you should consider connecting a powerline adapter to your VPN Router.
How to check your Samsung Smart TV is connected to the VPN Router correctly:
The best way to check you are connected to the VPN network is to load the Web Browser on your Smart TV. Please visit https://www.iplocation.net and check that your ISP is no longer listed as your own ISP; for example Virgin Media, BT, Sky, TalkTalk etc should not show and instead you will see one of our ISPs (e.g. Electronic Communities, Cogent, Ghostnet etc).
Please note that if your Smart TV does not get an internet connection using the DHCP network option with WiFi or Wired Connection then you may need to disable DHCP and use manual network settings instead - please click here for more information.
My IPTV service is still not working, what else could be wrong? It may be worth contacting your provider and advising them you are using a VPN, some require registration of VPN based IP addresses. Note that if you are configured correctly and your IPTV is not working then it could be that the IPTV is having server or broadcast issues on their side.
Regional Information - Changing your Smart TV apps
As standard your Smart TV will be configured to run the app store for the country in which the TV was purchased, so if you bought your TV in France for example then the TV would be configured with the French version of the Samsung app store.
That said, changing the region to one of the following should provide access to popular apps you require in from a different country. Please also consider that your Smart TV would need to connect to your VPN Router with the setting for the VPN country you require, see our guide to Changing Countries on your VPN Router.
Important: If you are using a Blu Ray player you can use the above sequence as well. However, you must press it from the home screen and there has to be no disc in the player.