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How To Set up a VPN for Sony Smart TV


VPN for Sony Smart TV


Sony Smart TV:


Sony Smart TV’s have some of the best features and picture clarity in comparison to other Smart TV’s. Some of the exciting features in Sony Smart TV’s are Full HD 1080p in 2D and 3D, LED backlighting and Internet TV for streaming entertainment. Sony Smart TV’s also have access to Sony Entertainment Network that increases the variety of entertainment choices considerably.

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

  • On your Sony Smart TV remote control, press Home button
  • Using the directional buttons on the remote, Navigate to Settings
  • In the next window, select Network  from the list of options
  • Go to Network Setup
    • Select wired setup from the options.
    • Most people will only need to select Auto
    • Press the right arrow to continue
    • In the next window, select Save and Connect
    • The Sony Smart TV will try to obtain Network settings and automatically  verify the Internet connection

If it succeeds, the screen will display a message “Network setup is complete. The TV has successfully connected to the network”.

  • Press OK

If it doesn’t you need to enter the Network Settings manually. Follow the steps given below to enter Network Settings manually.

  • Go to “Network Setup”
  • Select “Wired” setup from the options
  • Select “Manual”
  • Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway and DNS Server information in their respective fields. This information is generally provided by your Internet Service Provider.
  • Press OK.

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