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How To Set Up a VPN for WD TV






WD TV is a streaming media player from Western Digital Corporation.  The device can play music, videos and images from USB drives. WD TV can play standard video through composite video cables and high-definition video through an HDMI port.

It is capable of playing of most common audio and video formats. WD TV is available in form of two different standalone devices such as WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub.  The primary feature of WD TV is access to more than 300,000 hit movies and TV shows. The WD TV Live Hub has a 1TB network drive to store digital content.

The WD TV is a small device that needs handful of cable connections. The device perfectly fits in the home entertainment setup and you will be able to play different formats of audio and video seamlessly using this device.


Streaming Content Through a VPN


Streaming media players are mostly used to watch online HD content on big HDTV screens. However, one of the problem faced by owners of these devices, they cannot access all content on popular media portals due to geographical restrictions. A VPN service can prove helpful in such circumstances.

By subscribing to a VPN service, you can mask your IP address and select an IP address that will lift the geographical restrictions on these media portals.  Any device connecting to Internet can be easily targeted by a hacker and you will never know when the hackers gain the control of your device and access to your media portal accounts and other important personal information.

A VPN service masks your IP address, so your real IP address is never visible to anyone using Internet. Thus, a VPN service plays an important role in allowing you to access content seamlessly on media portals without compromising on your security.


It is very easy to configure your WD TV to use VPN connection through your laptop. All you need to do is set up VPN on your laptop and then connect your WD TV to your laptop to enjoy the benefits and security   offered by VPN.

To setup VPN connection on your WD TV you will need following things

  • VPN service
  • A laptop with wireless network adapter and RJ45 port
  • Wireless Internet connection(through a router or ISP provider)
  • Regular Ethernet cable


Steps to setup VPN on WD TV:


  • On your laptop, click on Start->Control Panel->Network and Internet
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center link
  • Click on Local Area Connection listed under View your Active Networks
  • Click on Properties
  • Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”
  • Click on Properties
  • Click on radio button saying “Use the following address”
  • Enter the following IP address
  • Enter the subnet mask

 (Note: Keep the Default Gateway, DNS Server, Alternate DNS Server fields blank)

  • Click on VPN connection you have created
  • Click on Properties
  • Click on Sharing Tab
  • Select “Allow other network users to connect through this computers internet connection”
  • Under the Home Networking Connection, select Local Area Connection from the drop down menu.

Note: Ensure the options “Establish a dial up connection” and “Allow other network users to control” is unmarked

  • Make sure Establish a dial up connection is not marked and Allow other network users to control is unmarked


Steps to be performed on WD TV:


  • Power up WD TV,  navigate with the Arrow Buttons to Settings menu
  • Press ENTER button
  • Navigate to the “Network Settings” Menu and press ENTER
  • Choose the “Network setup” option on the Screen
  • Press ENTER button again.
  • In Network Setup, select “Wired” connection
  • Press ENTER button
  • In Select Connection Mode, choose “Manual”. (Note: Enter the configuration settings as gives below)
  • Enter “” in IP Address
  • Enter “” in Subnet mask
  • Keep the other settings blank or you may enter the Gateway and DNS server details in the respective fields.
  • Navigate to Finish button
  • Press ENTER button


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