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VPN-Kodi-Firestick

Run Kodi + VPN on your Fire TV Stick

Do you know what giving procrastination is? I just made that up. I feel so overwhelmed right now with how to structure my Coaching Website that is in urgent need of re-design that I decided to let my brain do the work while I have a break.

Why you should not buy IPVanish

When you google for “VPN Fire Stick” you will run into IPVanish. Again and again and again. And again.

After all, they have a native app for Fire Stick (or at least it fully supports Amazon’s TV stick) so that you might be tempted to sign up.

Let me say:

IP-vanish-refund

It’s the old “affiliate problem.” The problem is not that referral programs exist but that they attract some people that have better knowledge of SEO than of business ethics. The more a vendor pays, the more positive reviews from people who often didn’t even try the product they praise.

With the few servers they have in the US, IPVanish is not able to offer a connection that would allow for streaming. When I chose “fastest server” they connected me to Albania. Which was indeed faster (around 5 Mbps) than the closest server in the next State (around 2 Mbps.)

No live support and a generally suboptimal impression completed the picture.

As the cherry on top, Netflix and Amazon Video (perhaps more) have blocked all IP Vanish Servers and you can’t use their service while connected to IPVanish.

After a series of trial and error (including Express VPN), I arrived back at my old and new vendor: NordVPN. I wanted to leave NordVPN, even though everything is great about them because they do not natively support Fire Stick.

NordVPN, Kodi and Fire Stick

Getting NordVPN on your Fire Stick is … you know .. one of these experiences where you are filled with pride, exhausted after a long journey when it finally worked.

That they do not officially support Fire Stick is the only negative thing I found in 1.5 years of being their client.

So .. it’s worth to go through the 29 steps that will follow.

Grab a tea, and let’s get started. It won’t be that bad. I forgot that I don’t have an Android phone and had to sideload Google Play etc on my Kindle first ….

You will need: A Kindle or Android device, Google Play (to install two apps), Fire TV Stick and 8 minutes of your time (if you hurry)

Important: This will only work with a 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick.

Getting ready

Step 1: Get NordVPN HERE

Step 2: Download the server configurations HERE

Nord VPN Server List

 

Preparing your Android/Kindle

If you have an Android Device

Step 1: Download and install Open VPN from the Google Store (logo should look like:)

open-vpn-download

Step 2: Install EZ File Explorer from the Google Store

Step 3: Install “Apps2Fire original” from the Google Store. There are a few with a similar name, the logo should look like:

apps2fire-download

Preparing your Fire Stick

Step 1: Go to Settings/Device/Developer Options and activate “ADR debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources

If you have a Kindle: 

Step 1: Go to Settings/Security

Scroll down to “Advanced” and activate the option “Apps from Unknown Sources

Step 2: Install OpenVPN

Step 3: Install Apps2Fire (you can purchase it in the Amazon Store or if you have sideloaded Google Play get it there free)

Step 4: Install EZ File Explorer

 

Preparing your Android

Step 1: Unzip the file with Server configurations you downloaded earlier.

Step 2: Choose a few servers and upload the files to the cloud storage of your choosing (Dropbox, Google Drive ….) If you don’t have any, just email them to yourself. The point is: You need to be able to access them on your Kindle/Android device

Info: Generally, UDP is recommended (you will see for each server a file with UDP and TCP configuration) because it is supposed to be faster. I was really tired until I figured out what I am sharing with you and grabbed a TCP. I have access to both, Netflix and Prime while connected to VPN. In case you’re blocked with UDP servers, try TCP.

Transferring Apps and Servers

On your Fire Stick

Step 1: The app Apps2Fire is fabulous and you will probably find a good use for it in the future.

Step 2: Go to settings/device/network and look for your IP. You will need to enter it on your Android device to create a connection.

On your Kindle/Android device

Step 1: Open Apps2Fire, go to Setup and enter the IP of your Fire Stick.

Step 2: Now look for EZ File Explorer and Open VPN. Simply click the app and confirm “install on fire.” Within seconds, the apps install on your Fire Stick. You can install EZ File Explorer also from the Amazon App Store.

Last stage

Step 1: Open EZ File Explorer on BOTH devices.

Step 2: On your Android, download one or a few server files if you haven’t done so yet and locate them the in EZ  File Explorer.

Step 3: Long-press on the relevant server file

ez file explorer

Step 4: Click on the 3 dots and find more options. Depending on your model, it will be called “share” or “send”.

Step5: Click on send. EZ File Explorer has to be open on your Fire Stick too. You will see a device on your list, your Fire Stick. Confirm and also confirm on your Fire Stick that you want to receive the file. Repeat for as many server profiles as you wish.

Preparing Open VPN

Step 1: To find Open VPN, go to Settings/Applications/Manage installed applications and launch Open VPN

Step 2: On the start screen you will see a “+” sign. Click here and accept the offer to import a profile. Chose the server configuration you transferred earlier and repeat for as many profiles as you need.

Step3: Click on a profile and BAM you are connected.

Step4: If you want: choose a Standard Profile and that Open VPN will automatically reconnect and/or connects on boot (when you start/restart your Fire Stick)

Test your Connection

Back to EZ Explorer

ez file explorer ip

 

Click on Favorite/Add and enter http://whatsmyip.com

Enjoy the fruit of your hard work.

 

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