How to use the Roku Box Outside the US

Lots of Americans have an access to Hulu or Netflix services and can enjoy American TV channels, programs, series and tones of other video. But travelling outside the USA you cannot watch sites like Hulu and Netflix because these services require USA IP address. Now a big number of users use roku box device for Hulu and Netflix streaming. However it cannot help you when you are outside the states. In this case Roku Box VPN is a great solution.

As always the services will check if you are located in the US once you start streaming. They do that by checking you IP address (Don’t worry we wont be going all tech on you). The thing is that your IP is a dead give away to which country you are located in. To get around this we can connect to a so-called Virtual Private Network. Once we do that we will be connected to a server that acts as a middleman between the service and us. If the server we connect to is located in the Us then Netflix or Hulu will think we are too and thus allow us to stream. It is much more simple than it sounds.


How to connect to VPN on a Roku Box

VPN is a secured channel from your PC to vpn server that is located in the United States or other country. It lets to hide your real IP and shows an IP address of your vpn server. So when you are under the roku box vpn you have United States IP so it looks like you are in America.

Roku VPN is perfect but this device does not have any vpn client so to use roku vpn you also need some wireless router to connect to vpn server. For example you can use Buffalo Airstation WHR-HP routers.Another solution is using flash router instead of wireless. It allows you using a roku box VPN from anywhere.

There is also another alternative to watch USA TV abroad with roku vpn. You can set up your Roku box so that it "goes through the PC", which is where the VPN is providing the 'tunnel'. For this you have to use ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), a standard Windows feature that 'shares' the connection your PC uses.

So, the Roku connects to the PC, rather than your router. The connection can be the next: Roku > PC hardwired, PC > Router Wireless. When you enable the Roku VPN on the PC, the Roku goes along for the ride through the VPN US enabled wireless connection.

Internet --[INPUT Modem OUTPUT]--Link0--[WAN Router LAN]--Link1--[NIC1 Computer NIC2]--Link2--[ Roku ]

1. The INPUT port of the Internet modem (DSL, Cable, whatever) is connected to the Internet Service Provider link as it is normally connected.
2. The OUTPUT port of the Internet modem is connected via Link0 to the router's WAN port. Link0 must be a wired link (most times it is).
3. The LAN port of the router is connected via Link1 to the computer's NIC1, which can be a wired or wireless link (see note below).
4. The computer's NIC2 is connected via Link2 to the Roku unit, which can be a wired or wireless link (see note below).

Note that the computer must have two NICs (Network Interface Cards). One NIC can be a wired type card and the other NIC can a wireless type card (adapter, whatever), or both NICs can be a wired type. However, both NICs cannot (should not) be a wireless type. Both NICs (i.e., both Link1 and Link2) being a wireless type opens a whole different can of worms, eh? Anyway, if you plan on using the Roku unit's wireless connection, Link2 must be a wireless link and Link1 must be a wired link.

Also note that an Ethernet hub can be installed in either network Link1 or Link2 for connecting other devices to the respective network, again following the above rule regarding using wired versus wireless types.

Now setup the VPN connection per the provider's or software vendor's instructions. Then setup Windows ICS following the instructions found HERE.

In the end you should have the Roku unit communicating through the computer's Windows ICS using a local IP address, and then with the Internet using a VPN-supplied IP address. The whole point here is the Roku unit cannot be directly connected to the Internet (i.e., directly connected to the router) where it would be using a foreign (I'm assuming Canadian) IP address trying to connect to a United States IP address.


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