With the PlayStation 4, you no longer need to pay big bucks for a Netflix account to enjoy the largest library of Netflix shows and movies. That’s right; you can get access to a massive library of TV shows and movies completely free of charge, as long as you have a PlayStation 4 and a steady Internet connection.
If you’re looking to get a VPN (virtual private network) on your PlayStation 4 so you can enjoy Netflix while traveling or using public Wi-Fi, this article is for you. We’re going to teach you how to use a VPN for free so you can use the service without worrying about budget or being charged by your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
The best part about this method is that you don’t need to have a PlayStation 4 to get it working. You can use an Android TV or Apple TV with an iPad or iPhone to access the Internet, and use any of those devices to log onto a free VPN service without having to mess with any servers or accounts.
Install OpenVPN Companion App
Getting a VPN on your PlayStation 4 is easy; just follow these steps to install and configure the OpenVPN companion app.
This app makes setting up a VPN easy and accessible, even for those of you who aren’t tech-savvy. When you first launch the app, you’ll see a tutorial that walks you through the steps to create your free OpenVPN account. After you log in with your email address and openVPN password, you’ll see your connection status in the upper-right corner of the screen. If you’re connected, there’s a green checkmark in the corner. If you’re not connected, there’s a red X in the corner.
To connect to a VPN, simply click the Start button and then select OpenVPN from the menu that appears. You can connect to a public Wi-Fi network or secure corporate network to get started with a VPN. When you connect, all your Internet traffic is encrypted and no one, including your ISP, can eavesdrop on your communications. When you’re connected to a VPN, your IP (Internet Protocol) address changes; the IP address of a private network is usually hidden and never revealed, so connecting without a VPN is against the rules.
The OpenVPN app makes getting a VPN easy and accessable, even for those of you who aren’t tech-savvy.
Configure DNS To Work With VPN
Another thing that you need to do to get a VPN on your PlayStation 4 is to configure your device’s DNS settings to work with the service you’re using.
Your device’s DNS settings are used to figure out what IP address to use when you connect to websites. By default, your device will use the DNS servers that your ISP provides, which may not always be the most secure option available. If you have an unsecured, public Wi-Fi connection at home, using that same network to surf the Internet while on the move is highly risky and potentially dangerous. To avoid any unpleasantries with the law, you should configure your device to always look for VPN servers when you surf the Internet regardless of whether or not you’re connected to a network.
You have two options here. You can either use the default DNS servers that your ISP provides or you can use OpenDNS, which is a free service that provides advanced DNS features.
If you decide to use OpenDNS, you’ll need to make sure that they have servers available in your area. To find out what DNS servers are available in your area, simply enter your ZIP code into the directory search box on the OpenDNS website. You can find the directory of available servers under the Tools > Nearby tab. Once you’ve found the list of servers, simply click the Connect button to connect to the one that’s nearest you.
To use OpenDNS, you’ll need to register for an account on the site first. It’s completely free, and you’ll need an email address to set up the account. You can also create custom DNS servers that are quicker and more secure than the ones provided by your ISP. If you’d like, you can create a free OpenDNS account now to start using their services.
Configure Email And Push Notification To Work With VPN
Next, we’ll need to set up email and notifications so you can receive VPN-related emails and notifications when necessary. If you have a Gmail account, you can use it to set up email notifications. Simply click the Settings button in the upper-right corner of the Gmail screen, then click the Email icon to bring up the email settings page. From here, you can select the types of emails you wish to receive from Gmail, configure how you want them to appear in your inbox and set up email notifications for important emails.
To configure push notifications for the OpenVPN app, you’ll need an API key. You can get one for free from the OpenVPN website. Simply click the Register button to create an account and then follow the instructions to get your key. Next, log into your account and click the Settings button in the top-right corner. From here, you can select which types of notifications you wish to receive from the app (e.g., new release of a TV show, new article on VPNs) and configure how you want them to appear in your inbox. You can check your email and notifications regularly to see if you’ve received any messages from the app. If you haven’t received any notifications after a while, it may indicate that your email address is invalid or that you’ve somehow stumbled upon a bug on the site. If this is the case, you can contact customer support via the website’s contact form to get your key fixed or to leave a comment. Most importantly, make sure that your email address is correct and valid. If it isn’t, it could be difficult to access your account if you ever need to.
Configure Home Media Server For Automatic Downloads
If you have a media server at home that’s connected to the Internet, you can configure it to automatically download and store TV shows and movies from online services like Netflix and Hulu. To do this, you’ll need to connect your media server to the Internet and then configure it to use BitTorrent, a file-sharing protocol, to find and retrieve content from online services. BitTorrent is open-source and thus free, so there’s no cost associated with this step.
To get started, simply connect your media server to the Internet and then launch the BitTorrent app. From here, you can select which networks to join (e.g., a VPN, a wireless network at home, a corporate network) and enter your email address and password to log into your account. You can then select the folders and files you wish to share, and click the Start button to begin downloading. If you have a lot of content to download, you can select Multiple connections and then click the Start button to use the spare bandwidth of your other connected devices (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, and computers).
Use A VPN To Browse The Internet Privately
So, if you have a Netflix account and a home media server with automatic downloads enabled, you can use those devices to browse the Internet privately without having to worry about your ISP finding out what you’re doing. That being said, you should use a VPN when you’re abroad so that you can avoid any issues with the country’s Internet regulations (e.g., censorship, traffic throttling, etc.).
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