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How to Setup a VPN for Boxee


VPN for Boxee


About Boxee


Boxee is a revolutionary cloud digital video receiver. It is also available as a cross-platform freeware Home Theater PC software application that can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

Boxee is an ideal online TV solution that can act as a perfect alternative to your cable television. This advanced digital video receiver can connect to the Internet and allow you to view variety of entertainment such as movies, sports, TV shows and any other video that is available online.

The Boxee Box is also available in the form of a standalone device with remote QWERTY wireless keyboard. With the Boxee Box, you do not require a computer to watch your digital content that includes common videos, music and picture formats.


About VPNs


Looking at the dangers on the Internet, using a VPN has become a necessity for everyone accessing Internet from any device.  Cloud computing has brought in several advantages to regular consumer.

Today, you can watch movie blockbusters, videos; TV shows and sports events online using streaming media players such as Boxee Box. However, users who are living outside countries like US, UK are not able to watch premium content   that is only available for US or UK citizens.

People using Boxee Box from other countries are not able to access video and other content on popular media portals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, BBC and other media portals. VPN allows you easy access to these media portals and renders the geographical blocking useless. Besides facilitating easy access, it also protects your real IP address from prying eyes over the Internet.


Steps to setup VPN in Boxee Box:


  • 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
  • To set DHCP, click on  Obtain an IP address automatically
  • Click OK.

(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


Internet Sharing on Mac

Internet Sharing on Windows

Internet Sharing on Linux


Steps to be performed on Boxee Box:


Power up Boxee, you can see a gray loading screen followed by a Welcome screen.

  • Using the Select/Ok button on the remote,  click on Start
  • Press the Menu button on the Boxee Box remote
  • Go to System Settings
  • Click on Network
  • Select “Wired” in Network Interface
  • In Configure option, select “Automatically(using DHCP)”
  • Click on “Save and apply  network changes”
  • Click on Menu button and shutdown Boxee box and allow it to reboot.


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