The Ultimate Guide to Setup VPN like a PRO!

Virtual Private Network is a technology that can be used to create a safe and secure connection across the public or shared network such as the Internet.  This serves as a tunnel between the service provider network and the user PC. VPN Protects the confidential data from being seen or tampered by the cyber-criminals. VPN is mostly used for two purposes. The organization uses for business-oriented solutions that allow the employees to connect to corporate network remotely to transfer information or data confidentially.  Secondly, Individuals use VPN from home or a public network to surf internet content.

The VPN connections are handled by custom software or by third-party software such as Cisco AnyConnect or OpenVPN. One more option that is supported by most of the VPN is to use Microsoft’s built-in VPN Client. This will be useful when some of the VPN’s does not provide their own client or in the case to use a VPN protocol when it is not supported by your VPN’s client.

The drawback of using the built-in client is, you have to select a specific server to use it, as it opposes to jumping between different locations. But this can be done with a commercial VPN service.  Most of the Commercial purpose VPNs will offer only a limited number of servers, this makes using this client as ideal.

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Now, let us see how to set up a VPN in Windows PC.

How to set up a VPN in Windows PC

Step 1: Launch your Windows and go to Settings. 

Step 2: Select the Network and Internet Settings.

Step 3: Under that, you will find VPN, click on it.

Step 4:  At the top of the screen, there will be an Add a VPN connection option go for it.

Step 5:  Windows built-in VPN client configuration window will appear, enter the details of your VPN Connection. Under the VPN provider >> Click on >> Select Windows(built-in). This will change the  VPN Type to Automatic and Type of sign-in info to Username and password.

Step 6:  Then enter the Connection name and Server name or address. This is based on the VPN provider.

Step 7:  Then Scroll-down, there will be an option to enter your username and password for the VPN – this will be provided by your VPN service. After entering all the required, click Save and close the setting application.

Step 8: Go to the taskbar, click on the Wi-Fi icon and select the newly created VPN Connection. It will start to connect automatically if everything is correct the connection process should happen quickly.

The process we mentioned here works easier for the VPN connection type such as PPTP and L2TP, but if you are looking for IKEv2 that requires installing a root certificate from your VPN  provider. And not every service supports IKEv2, So this method depends on your VPN service provider or employer.

Try this out. We have provides you how to set up and configure the VPN on your Windows PC. Hope this article will be informative and useful. If you have any issues with the setup process or any feedback or any betterment option, kindly comment below.

Best Kodi Alternatives of 2018

Although Kodi is one the best platform for streaming videos, movies, sports, games, music, Live shows etc. But there are other platforms which provide us with the same facilities. It’s better to know about alternatives so that if there is any problem with Kodi addons then you can stream sources from other platforms. Some of the best Kodi alternatives are Plex, SPMC,  Emby,  JRiver,  Media Portal,  Stremio,  OSMC,  Popcorn Time, Universal Media Server, Serviio.

1.Plex

Plex is one of the Kodi Alternative, where one could stream many platforms. It provides us with both free and paid versions. This nifty little app is supported by Windows, Mac OS, Android, Linux, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox, Android TV, etc.. Plex is much like Kodi. Since it features the home software application, which seeks out the transcoding media for transmission to several devices. It is the best for both Andriod and other devices.

2.SPMC

SPMC is free of cost streaming platform. SPMC stands for  Semper Media Center. It is the best for streaming in Android and Firestick platform, it is not supported by iOS.  The addons in the Kodi also run in this SPMC. It is otherwise known as the ‘Android-mind fork’ for Kodi. It works smarter in Amazon Firestick devices.

 3. Emby

Emby is otherwise known as the Open Media Solution. This provides you with streaming o Live shows. It is supported by many platforms such as Android, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox  One, Kodi, Chrome Web Cast, Apple TV, FreeBSD, Mac, NAS Devices, PS4 etc.. The streaming can be watched freely and also by paid versions. It has the parental control feature for connecting tactical components which makes it different from the other alternatives. It has the feature which makes it know about the capabilities of various devices and allows streaming based on it. It provides facilities for backups and cinema mode.

4. JRiver

JRiver is one of the places where one could find many media playing. It is mainly designed for the television. Though it is supported in Windows and Mac as well. The Graphic User Interface is the primary interface used which similar to the Windows. You could stream on several media files at the same time. It has a better facility in the ripping physical media disc compared to Kodi.

5. Media Portal

Media Portal is not much popular like other kodi alternatives. But it provides some facilities to record and schedules the Live shows, it is possible because of the USP of this contains Digital Video Recording. Other than this it supports TV tuner card that provides you with the use of playing music, videos, watching youtube and it free to use. It is supported by the platform such as Windows, Android, Web, iOS Devices.

6. Stremio

Stremio is similar to Kodi which allows streaming of TV shows and movies. It is supported by the platforms like Android, iOS, Amazon, Netflix, Flimon TV, Twitch etc.. It lets us streaming the best quality videos and the provides us the storage facilities too, streaming of latest episodes. You need an account for the service.

7. Popcorn Time

Popcorn time is newly launched media source.  Though it’s becoming popular. It is supported by Windows, Android, Linux, iOS. The best media is found by the irresistible catalog of this app and it also translates HD videos and gives subtitles too. You don’t want to download anything, it allows access directly.

Conclusion

Above are the some of the best alternatives of Kodi in 2018.  If there are any clarification regarding this article, please do let us know through your comments we assure our response.

How to install Kodi on Firestick

Kodi is a free and open-source media streaming application software. It can be used for streaming all media contents such as Movies, TV Shows, Sports, Music, and much more. Kodi supports multiple operating system such as Windows operating system, Linux, Mac, etc. It has a lot of addons, skins, and builds. There are various methods to install kodi on firestick. In this post, we are sharing only the best method to install kodi on firestick.

How to install Kodi on Firestick?

Step 1: Download Downloader

First of all, we have to get hold of an app that will let us directly download the Kodi app installer file. There are a few of these, but the one we’ll use is simply called Downloader. You can use Mic in the remote and speak while holding down the microphone button and saying “downloader”.

If your Fire TV doesn’t have a voice-enabled, you can use the text search as sifting through categories can take an age. Go to the Home screen and then press the up key on the remote so the navigation tabs are selected, then press the left key to get to the universal search area.

Type in ‘downloader’ and the app will pop-up in the results. Now, you can click through and install the app.

Step 2: Enable installing apps from unknown sources

Now, you have to enabling downloads of apps from unknown sources. Now you can select the nav tabs from the home screen by pressing up and scroll right to reach Settings. Now, select the Device from this menu. Now, you have to select the Developer Options and you can see a sub-menu that includes the entry ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’. Make sure it reads ON underneath.

Step 3: Open Downloader

First, you have to open Downloader. Now, you need to select the Apps and you’ll see the list of all the apps that you have installed.

Step 4: Enter the Kodi URL

The Downloader app can be used for downloading the apps and other files by using browser-like interface. In the app’s initial page, you can see a white box where you can type a URL. You just select it and enter the URL as ‘https://kodi.tv/download‘.

Step 5: Select the right Kodi build

After entering the URL, you will see a web page which appears in the Downloader app. Now, you have to scroll down to find the green Android robot and then select it.

The first generation of Fire TV and Stick have 32-bit CPUs. So, you have to select the ARM version labeled 32-bit. Suppose, if you have a newer version, you can select the ARM 64-bit build.

Now, you can see ‘release’ and ‘nightly’ versions of Kodi which is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You have to go for the ‘release’ version.

Now, you have to select the right build and the .apk installer file will start downloading. The Kodi app is having an 87 MB in size. When finished, the Downloader will automatically attempt to install it. After installation process gets completed, don’t go back to the Home screen but let the process take you back into the Downloader app. In that, you will see an option to delete the install file which will free up a little space.

What is kodi? And how to setup kodi on various devices?

What is kodi?

Kodi is a media streaming software, which can stream any content available online. Kodi is one of the most used streaming software, which can stream contents like movies, TV shows, Live TV, live sports and lot more. You can use it various device like Firestick, chromecast, TV Boxes, PC, and Android smartphones. It supports a various platform like Windows, Linux, OsX, IoS, and Android. Wondering about the cost? Kodi is a freeware. You can install and stream all the content for free.

Depending on your need, you need to install the addons to stream movies, TV shows, and other contents. Depending on the content you wish to stream, you need to install add-ons accordingly. In this guide, we will explain how to install kodi on various device and a general addon installation procedure.

Before getting into the steps, you need to know little about how kodi works? Kodi is just a streaming software. It streams contents available over the internet. It doesn’t host or provide any service. To stream this contents, first, you need to locate the content. This is where the addons come into play. Add-ons are used to locate and play your favorite contents with a single click.

There are thousands of addons available over the internet. And all these addons are hosted at a different location (repository). You need to know these repository locations to access these addons. A single repository may have 100’s of addons and more. Just locate the repository URL of your favorite addon and you can proceed with the installation procedure.

Here are some of the most used repo URL. If you are new to kodi these repo are sufficient to watch any of the content. These two repo holds more than 100 addons.

Kodil repo: http://kdil.co/repo/

Super Repo: http://srp.nu/

How to install kodi on various devices?

Whatever device you are using, you need to install kodi on it. Depending on the device the method may vary.

Install Kodi on PC

Depending on the OS you are using, download the opted version from the official site. And run the setup file to install kodi on PC.

Install Kodi on firestick

Download apk file from the kodi official site. Apk files are used in Android, so select the platform as android to download apk. Now with the help of downloader program, you can install this apk in kodi firestick.

Install kodi on android

Now follow the previous procedure to download apk file on your android smartphone. now open the downloaded file and select install. Your kodi will be installed.

These are the methods to install kodi on various platforms. After installing kodi follow the below steps to setup kodi and stream your favorite content.

 

How to Setup Kodi and start streaming?

  • Now open kodi on your device.
  • Select settings icon at the top (gear icon)
  • Select file manager.
  • Select none.
  • Now decide which addon you are going to use. Covenant is my favorite addon to stream movies and TV shows. So here I am entering Kodil repo source URL (the covenant is located in the kodil repo)
  • And enter the source URL as “http://kdil.co/repo/
  • Give any name for easy identification. And click OK.
  • Navigate to kodi home page and select addons from the left menu.
  • Now select the unzipper icon to the install the file from the source URL.
  • Select install from Zip file and select the source by name.
  • Wait for few minutes, now the repo will be installed to kodi. And you will receive a notification at the top right corner.
  • Now you need to install your favorite addon from the repository. For that select install from repository.
  • Since we are planning to stream the movies and TV shows, select the category as video addons.
  • From the list of video addons, select the addon which you want to install. I am selecting covenant.
  • Now you will be directed to addons information page. Select install from it.
  • Wait for few seconds, while the addon is being installed. You will receive a notification stating “Addons installed successfully”.
  • Select open from the information page, to open the addon. Or you can open it from the kodi home screen. If you can’t find it on the home screen, go for Addons> Video addons. You will find all the installed addons here.
  • After opening the addon the contents will be displayed. Just click any of the categories and browse your content. And click on it to play the content and enjoy your heart contempt.

These are the steps to install your favorite addon and configure kodi. You can follow the same procedure to install any of the addons. You just need to know the repository URL. Just replace the repo URL and follow the same procedure to install other addons.