I recently got a brand new TVPAD F7K6C, and it came with Free VPN service from NoiCloud built-in. With this VPN, you can browse the web anonymously, securely and even privately. Even better, it also works with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and various other streaming apps and services.
It’s a great little box that handles all the VPN configuration for you, and with the added benefit of Alexa voice controls. It also has a small flashlight built into the top that is activated by saying “Alexa, turn on the flashlight.” So if you’ve been searching for a small, easy to use, and affordable VPN solution, then you might want to consider buying one of these.
Since this is a fresh install from Amazon, let’s dive into how to set up VPN on your new TVPAD F7K6C.
The Preferred Method of Configuration
When you get the device, it will already be set up with a VPN password in the clear. Rather than retype the password every time you connect to the network, you can log in with your Amazon account to save your passwords. This is known as “two-factor authentication” or “2FA” and it adds an extra layer of security.
When you first powered up your TVPAD, you will see a login screen with your Amazon login. You can use this login to perform various tasks on the device including changing your PIN code, setting up a parental lock, and accessing the manufacturer’s website.
Normally, you would need to go through a few tedious steps to connect to a VPN. You would navigate to the VPN configuration menu and either click on the button to create a profile or enter the email address and click on the Create profile button.
You would then select either the Free or Pro plan and enter your payment information. After you made the payment, you would have to wait for Amazon to approve your payment and then you can download the VPN client software to complete the installation process. If you’re using Windows, you will need to run the downloaded file to complete the installation.
On a TVPAD F7K6C, this process is made much simpler. When you first power on your new device, you will see a login screen with an Amazon login button. Simply login with your Amazon account to continue setup.
Making Changes to the Default Configuration
Once you are logged in, you will see a series of configuration screens. To start, you will see a screen that will allow you to change the language used on the device. There is a choice of English, French, or Spanish. After you make your selection, you will see a screen that will welcome you to the TVPAD family.
The next screen will give you the choice of a free or a paid account. Once you made your selection, you will arrive at the main configuration screen. Here, you can select either the OpenVPN or L2TP protocols for the VPN connection. You can also change the IP address ranges allowed to connect to the VPN. There are four ranges of IP addresses that can be configured:
- 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52
- 184.108.40.206 – 220.127.116.11
- 18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
- 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52
Protecting Your Privacy
The main purpose of a VPN is to provide you with privacy and security while you browse the web. To achieve this, you will need to setup a rule that prevents your personal data from being intercepted while being transmitted over the network. This is known as “data protection” or “DP” and you can choose from a number of options, including:
- IPv6 – Enables IPv6 connections (only available on paid accounts)
- DNS – Allows you to use DNS servers other than the ones provided by your ISP (default is Google’s DNS)
- Automatic – The VPN client software will periodically check your connection, looking for changes (requires auto-update)
- Custom – Allows you to setup a list of rules that will be followed (requires advanced knowledge)
You have the option to either install the VPN client software or use a web-based dashboard to configure the device. For the first part of this guide, we will use the web based dashboard so you can easily maintain your VPN settings.
Using the Dashboard to Manage Your VPN Connections
Before we begin, it is important to note that the login details you use to access the dashboard are the same as your Amazon login details. Make sure you use a unique login for managing your VPN connections in case you ever need to troubleshoot.
To get to the dashboard, simply visit https://www.tvpad.com/ and click on the Dashboard button in the upper right corner. From here, you can easily manage your VPN connections. You can create a new VPN connection with the click of a button or modify an existing one by logging in and changing some settings.
The settings you need to pay attention to are under the Security tab. Here, you can choose to use an OpenVPN or L2TP connection. In addition, you can choose either IPsec or No Security. The choice is completely up to you, but if you want to keep your personal data secure, then No Security is not a good option. Finally, you can add a rule that will allow you to automatically connect to the VPN whenever you turn on your TVPAD.
You cannot configure any of these settings from within the OpenVPN or L2TP client software. To make changes or add a new connection, you will need to use the dashboard first.
Once you are on the dashboard, you can click on the plus icon () to create a new VPN connection. This will bring up the configuration screen. From here, you can select either the OpenVPN or L2TP protocol and enter the relevant credentials. Once you made these settings, simply click on the Save button to save the configuration.
Now, let’s say you want to connect to the VPN using the OpenVPN protocol. To do this, you will need to download and install the OpenVPN app from the Google Play Store. You will then need to create a new account and enter your Amazon login details. In addition, you will need to enter a name for your VPN connection (this is visible when you hover over your VPN connection on the dashboard)
Once you login, you will see a screen that will allow you to change various settings for the VPN connection. To start with, you will see a list of your connected APNs (Application Provider Networks). Simply click on the X on the right of any of these to disconnect them. You will then see a list of the currently available VPN servers. To connect to a specific server, simply click on the name of the server.
You will then see a screen that will ask you to enter your DNS settings. These settings will determine how your device interacts with the internet. For best results, enter the following DNS servers into your network settings:
You will then see a list of your connected devices. To disconnect one of these, simply click on the X next to its name. You will then arrive at the main configuration screen again.
To add a new rule to automatically connect to the VPN at startup, simply click on the ellipsis (…) button next to Rule. In addition, you can setup a profile for your VPN connection so that it is easily accessible. To do this, simply click on the Profile icon (). You will then be presented with the profile menu where you can choose either the auto or custom rule. For the latter, you will need to setup a whitelist and blacklist of IP addresses.
If you are using the auto rule, you will need to select the VPN protocol and enter the relevant credentials. To add more VPN servers, simply repeat the process and select the Add server button.