A VPN for Mac (or PC) is great when you are performing tasks that require a solid Internet connection (such as online gaming or downloading large files). However, what happens when you want to use your VPN on your Apple TV, or some other smart device that doesn’t have a built-in VPN client? In that case, you will need to install a VPN app on it, which in turn will require you to enter your login credentials each time you use the application. With that being said, many VPN services offer a router version, which is usually much simpler and has fewer login credentials to remember. Let’s take a closer look at how to connect your Apple TV and other smart devices to a router using PureVPN.
What is a VPN, And How Does It Work?
If you’re reading this, then you’re already somewhat familiar with VPNs. A VPN is a virtual private network, which creates a secure connection between your device and a server, effectively granting you secured access to a network (typically the Internet) whenever you’re connected to one.
That being said, let’s take a brief moment to quickly review some of the most essential concepts behind VPNs.
No Logging Policy
VPNs protect your personal data and anonymity, so your VPN service provider can’t log your online activity. Having a no-logging policy is essential, especially if you value your privacy.
Indeed, many VPN services adopt a zero-logging policy, which means they will not keep any logs of your activity. Therefore, if the authorities or some hackers get their hands on this information, then it would be pretty much useless to them. Of course, the converse is also true: without a proper log, it’s harder for the authorities to track down the sources of cybercrime.
In addition to preventing your personal data from being logged and stolen, a VPN encrypts your Internet connection, so that no one can eavesdrop or interfere with the data you’re sending or receiving.
That being said, not all VPNs are created equal. Many VPN services offer strong encryption protocols (such as AES 256 bit) that protect your data, while others use weak encryption protocols (such as 128 bit RC4 or 3DES). Weak encryption algorithms are much easier to decrypt, which in turn makes your data more vulnerable to eavesdropping or man-in-the-middle attacks. The security of your connection also depends on the server you connect to. If you are connecting to a secure server, but its security has not yet been validated by a 3rd party (such as Verisign), then your data could be at risk. In any case, make sure to read the reviews carefully before choosing a VPN service, to ensure you’re connecting to the right server.
A good VPN client should be simple to use, and it should integrate well with your device’s operating system. In addition, the applications should be kept close to the minimum requirements, in terms of system resources (such as RAM). Some VPN services offer great apps for both Mac and PC users, while others have apps specifically designed for mobile devices.
Also, many VPNs provide tutorials for setting up their applications, so that even beginners can quickly and easily get up and running.
Last but not least, we have the matter of configuration. Your VPN service provider must offer a simple, intuitive interface for setting up your account, as well as changing your logins and passwords (if needed). Moreover, the setup process should be as quick and painless as possible, so that you can get back to whatever you were doing before you started configuring your account.
In addition to that, you’ll want to ensure that your VPN is up and running, and that it is protecting your Internet connection (even when you’re not using it). To do that, you’ll need to verify that the VPN service provider’s logs are correct, and that no one has logged into your account recently. You can also check that your firewall is not blocking the incoming connections (if needed).
Now that you’re more familiar with VPNs, it’s time to discuss how to setup PureVPN to router.
How to Connect Your Apple TV And Other Smart Devices To A VPN Router Using PureVPN
If you have an Apple TV, then you know that it’s not easy to directly connect to the Internet through it. To do that, you need a WiFi adapter, and you need to set it up first. In addition, the Apple TV needs a dedicated power supply, and it must be plugged into the wall.
On the other hand, most other smart devices (such as the Amazon Fire Stick) are powered by Bluetooth or WiFi, and do not need a dedicated power supply. That being said, many VPN routers are also compatible with other smart devices (such as the Apple TV), so you can connect them all to the same server. In that case, you will not need to setup a dedicated power supply for the Apple TV. A good VPN router should be Plug-and-Play, and it should not interfere with any of your other devices.
In either scenario (a dedicated power supply, or a shared one), make sure to turn off your device’s Wi-Fi when you’re not using it, to avoid any unexpected charges from your Internet service provider.
Sharing Your Internet Connection
If you decide to share your Internet connection (such as with a VPN router), then you must first connect the device that will be sharing the connection to the Internet to the same network as your main router. To do that, open the Settings app on your iPhone, and click on the Wi-Fi icon. From there, you will see a list of available Wi-Fi networks.
If you want to share your Internet connection, then you can either choose to use the same password and login as your main router, or you can choose a different login and password for the shared device. It is a good idea to make the shared device the very first network name listed, to prevent any potential connectivity issues. Once you’ve set that up, you can connect to the Internet with ease via the shared device.
Choosing A VPN Service For Your Router
Now that you have your Wi-Fi adapter, and you know how to connect your Apple TV and other devices to a VPN router, it’s time to choose a VPN service. While most VPN services are compatible with routers, not all of them are designed for them. So, to ensure you are connecting to the right server, make sure to consult the VPN service’s website, reviews, and support forums, to see if it is in fact, compatible with your specific router model.
Choosing A Login And Password For Your Router
Once you’ve connected to the Internet through your wireless network, it’s time to choose a login and password for your router. For that matter, you should use a complex and unique password, that will not be reused anywhere else. In addition, it is advisable to use a unique login for your router, so you’ll be able to connect to it easily, even when prompted by malware or hackers. Finally, it is also important to change your login and password periodically, so that even if an attacker does gain access to your router, then it will be difficult for them to use it without your authorization. Changing your login and password for your router is extremely simple: visit http://www.123-reg.com (your Internet service provider’s website), scroll down a bit, and you will see a separate link for changing your login and password for your network and router. Follow the steps there, to finish setting up your router with a VPN connection.
To summarize, setting up a VPN on your router is extremely simple, and most VPN services are compatible with various routers (including the popular Linksys, Cisco, and D-Link brands). Make sure to choose a VPN service that offers a dedicated IP address, for your router. That way, you’ll be able to connect to the VPN without any problems. In case you are having connection issues, then there are a few things you can do to diagnose the problem. First, make sure that your router and computer (both are connected to the network via WiFi) are on the same network, and that the VPN server is accessible from both devices. Next, check to see if your firewall is allowing incoming connections on the specific port that the VPN server is using. Also, double check that your Internet service provider does not charge you for incoming or outgoing Internet connections, as this could indicate that you are using a free trial or a shared connection.