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How to connect Roku or Boxee to VPN Service

07/01/14 6:29 PM

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The Roku and Boxee line of HD Streaming devices bring complete entertainment in 1080p high definition to your TV anywhere in the world. This means it is possible to watch your favorite channels, movies, TV shows, music, games, live sports and more, including popular services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video.

Unfortunately, most of the popular streaming apps and programming will only work in the US. So, how does one traveling abroad connect their Roku or Boxee to local streaming content from their own home country? The answer is with VPN service. Because both of these HD boxes do not support direct connection to a VPN server, it is possible to connect the Roku or Boxee to any country of choice by way of a DDWRT or Tomato VPN Router.

Easy VPN Network Setup

TorGuard offers pre-configured VPN Routers that come shipped to you ready to use from anywhere in the world. Setup just takes a few minutes and can be completed by plugging the VPN router into any existing router or modem. This makes it possible to broadcast a second VPN WiFi network which could be connected directly to the US even though the viewer is located abroad. For best streaming performance over VPN we suggest a high powered router like the ASUS RT-N16 or the Buffalo N600 as this enables optimal speeds over OpenVPN from anywhere in the world.

Quick Roku & Boxee VPN Setup

Now that the VPN WiFi network is enabled, the last step is to connect your HD Streaming device directly to the VPN. No need to change any settings on the Roku or Boxee; just access the network settings screen as seen below and locate the new DDWRT or Tomato VPN WiFi network. Once connected, your HD box will be virtually located in the country of your choosing. This means you can access your favorite TV shows, Sports events, Movies and more regardless of your geographic location. Unblock USA Netflix or access Hulu Plus from anywhere in the world with a TorGuard VPN WiFi Router!