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How To Set up a VPN for Sharp Smart TV


VPN for Sharp Smart TV


Sharp Smart TV:


Sharp Smart TV is an advanced TV that has a SmartCentral user interface which allows you to easily find apps and movies. It is pre-loaded with popular apps such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. It also provides you easy access to leading media portals such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Cinema Now, Vudu and many more. The Sharp Smart TV is so smart that it can upgrade itself for better picture as improvement and optimizations are developed by the company.

A VPN service is quite useful to you if you reside in a country where there are certain restrictions on content that can be accessed through Internet.  Several media portals such as Hulu Plus and Netflix are not accessible to viewers in countries other than US or UK.  If you have a VPN service you can get a US or UK IP addresses and access content on these media portals from your Smart TV’s without your ISP knowing about it.


Steps to setup VPN connection on Sharp Smart TV:


Things you will need

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


You need to proceed with the steps given below only after you have setup a PPTP VPN connection on your laptop. Connect you Sharp Smart TV to laptop’s RJ45 port using a crossover Ethernet cable.

  • 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 “ Obtain an IP address automatically”


(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


Switch on your Sharp Smart TV and connect it to your laptop using a cross-over Ethernet cable. Some Sharp Smart TV’s will need a LAN Adapter in order to connect to laptop for a cross-over Ethernet cable connection.

  • On your Sharp Smart TV, Press Menu button on your TV’s remote control.
  • Using the directional buttons on the remote, go to Internet Setup and Press Enter button on remote
  • In the next window, select Network Setup
  • In Connection Type, select Wired
  • Press Enter to confirm the wired connection.
  • Click on Next in all next screens.(Note: You need not change any default settings for wired connection)


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