This guide will give you all the information for installing a 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 – You have the option of searching for “VPN” on the Amazon Appstore and discovering apps that may be compatible. If you choose to go this route, you can disregard the rest of this guide.
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 and Install Downloader from your devices Appstore
2) Enable Apps from Unknown Sources (Super easy guide here)
3) Open Downloader and Navigate to Browser
4) Enter “https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/download” and click Go
5) Scroll down under Android and select “Download APK (advanced)”
6) When prompted, choose Install (you can delete afterward)
7) Once the app installs, you can open it and configure it to your liking!
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.
Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. As I stated, PIA has been the only service I have used with these devices. My philosophy is that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” I am willing to try other services too if there’s an interest for it. However, I highly recommend this one for its affordable pricing.