What we need to install PIA on the Fire TV You’ll need to make an investment in Private Internet Access (just $2.91 a month on two year plans) of course (I assume that’s why you’re here!). PIA is one of the most popular VPN’s on the planet and with good reason. Private Internet Access is the leading VPN Service provider specializing in secure, encrypted VPN tunnels which create several layers of privacy and security providing you safety on the internet. Our service is backed by multiple gateways worldwide with access in 30+ countries, 50+ regions.
This guide will give you all the information for installing the Private Internet Access VPN on your Fire TV devices. It also offers some alternatives in case your device is not compatible, or if you would like to use on more than one device.
This guide mainly focuses on using the Private Internet Access service as that is an affordable option with great user feedback. It is also proven to be quite easy to set up on compatible routers using the DD-WRT software. If you are completely sold on using the Private Internet Access service, continue to read starting on Compatibility Chart to see if your device supports the app.
Alternative App – Coming soon! If you don’t want to use PIA, you can check out my tutorial for ExpressVPN.
Router Option – If you are wanting to use the VPN on multiple devices in your household, you can read Router Options below.
If your device is not compatible, you can continue to Router Options below.
After checking the compatibility, you can sign up for Private Internet Access. After signing up, you can follow the guide below to install the client.
1) Search “VPN” from your devices Appstore
2) Scroll right until you find VPN by Private Internet Access
3) Install the app
4) Enter the username and password from the email received after registering
5) Make sure to select OK on the prompt, followed by OK again
6) You can now configure the app with various settings
TIPS: 1) Choose a specific region or set it to automatic. 2) Make sure 1-click connect is enabled. 3) Enable connect on boot so you won’t have to!
If you would like to use a VPN on multiple devices, or your device is simply not compatible, you will need to find a router that is compatible with DD-WRT (an open source firmware). You will need to first install DD-WRT, and then follow the instructions provided here to set up OpenVPN. This will allow any device in your household to connect to this router and have an encrypted internet connection. I have had good experiences with the Linksys WRT1200 , Linksys WRT1900 , and Linksys 3200ACM. Those have been the only ones I have tried personally although any router listed on the DD-WRT website should work as well.
If you are not comfortable with open source firmware, you can check out ExpressVPN which provides you with their own firmware to flash on their compatible routers.
Private Internet Access (or PIA) is an excellent VPN service known for its impressive speeds and solid levels of privacy and security. Its low prices, up to 5 simultaneous connections, and more than 3,000 servers all over the world make it a very attractive option for both home and business users.
Amazon Firestick or Fire TV Stick is the company’s version of similar plug-and-play gadgets, such as Roku and Google’s Chromecast. It allows you to turn your regular TV set into a beastly Smart TV with access to all the popular channels and streaming platforms. However, it works best when paired with a good VPN.
Let’s check whether Private Internet Access can work with Firestick or not.
Do I Need A VPN For Firestick?
Technically, you do not need a VPN to use your Firestick and gain access to some of the available streaming platforms and online channels. If you are not overly concerned with who might be watching and collecting your data to sell it later, VPNs are probably the least of your concerns.
On the other hand, if you want to hide your real IP address from your ISP and all other third parties and protect your data against any unsolicited interferences, using a reliable VPN is a must. If you want to access any geo-restricted services in your country, you will need a good VPN as well.
Private Internet Access Firestick Check
Private Internet Access does work with Amazon Firestick, but it requires the use of two third-party apps. You first need to download an app that will allow you to browse the local files on your Firestick. This app is called ES File Manager and you can find it in the Amazon Store. The second app will allow your Firestick controller to simulate mouse movements. It is a premium (paid) app called Mouse Toggle for Fire TV. You can download it from Google Play Store or iOS App Store.
Security Benefits Of Using Private Internet Access For Firestick
Private Internet Access Vpn For Amazon Fire Tv
Private Internet Access is a truly impressive VPN service, but configuring the app for Amazon Firestick is needlessly complicated.
Can Fire Stick Access Internet
However, a bit of tinkering definitely pays off in the long run since the software will encrypt your Internet traffic with AES-256 cipher, which is used by both military and financial institutions. It features 3 different connection protocols (OpenVPN included), keeps no traffic logs, protects against DNS leaks, and features an automatic killswitch. The company accepts Bitcoin payments and the software works perfectly fine even in China.
Private Internet Access On Fire Tv
Lastly, Private Internet Access will also prevent potential ISP connection throttling since your provider will not be able to monitor your Internet traffic.