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How to Setup VPN on a Kindle Fire

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Monday, October 7th, 2013


Kindle Fire HD represents the second (and latest) generation of Kindle Fire tablets. The tablet is available in 2 different sizes with 7 and 8.9 inch screens. The 7″ version of Kindle Fire HD comes with 1280X800 resolution, Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and up to 32 GB storage whereas the 8.9″ version includes 1920×1200 resolution, Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and up to 64 GB storage. The tablets run on a custom-made version of Android operating system and offer seamless connectivity with other Amazon services like Kindle store, Amazon App Store, Amazon Cloud Storage, Amazon Prime and Amazon Silk.

Why You Need To Use A VPN With Your Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD was designed to provide maximum entertainment and productivity options to its owners. The tablet includes cutting-edge networking features that allow you to access your favorite movies, apps, ebooks, music and files from anywhere. The built-in support for Wi-Fi means that you can connect to Amazon services through public Wi-Fi hotspots available at coffee shops, malls, airports, libraries and even public parks. However, it is also worthwhile to note that the wireless hotspots setup at commercial establishments are not really secure as they provide bare minimum level of security. This allows hackers and other criminals connected to the network to steal personal data, passwords, bank and credit card details.

In order to safeguard your privacy and personal data while using your Kindle Fire HD, you need to use an advanced security solution that can create an impregnable layer of security around your online activities. VPNs are well-suited for the purpose since they encrypt online traffic and even assign an IP address from a location of your choice. A VPN can help you to secure your personal data as well as bypass the surveillance and filtering done by ISPs and network administrators. VPNs are also useful for unblocking IP restricted sites (such as Netflix and Hulu) and bypassing the local firewalls (can be used to unlock Facebook, Skype, YouTube from all over the world).

Setting Up A Virtual Private Network For Your Kindle Fire HD

It is not possible to setup a VPN connection on Kindle Fire directly since the tablet’s operating system does not support VPN features. However, it is possible to use a VPN service configured on a router (such as DD-WRT router) with Kindle Fire HD. Most routers support PPTP and L2TP VPN connections so it is fairly easy to configure any VPN service on them. The instructions given below show how to configure PPTP VPN connection on DD-WRT router which can then be used with Kindle Fire HD through Wi-Fi.

Step 1: The first step is to go to Control panel of your DD-WRT router.

Step 2: Next, click on Setup and then on Basic setup option.

Step 3: In the WAN Setup window, set the WAN connection type to PPTP for creating a new PPTP VPN connection (Choose L2TP if you want to create a L2TP connection instead).

Select “Yes” for “Use DHCP” option. The values for WAN IP Address, Subnet Mask and gateway are usually provided by network administrator (or set while installing the router) so make sure to contact your administrator or refer to your router configuration details in case you are not aware of these values.

Next, you need to provide the URL or IP address of the VPN server in the “Gateway (PPTP Server)” input box. You would also need to specify your VPN username and password in the Username and Password fields.

Set the “Connection Strategy” as “Keep Alive” and type the number of seconds after which the service should automatically re-dial the connection.

Next, enable the “PPTP encryption” and disable the “Packet Reordering” and “STP” options. The rest of the fields are optional and you only need to change them if it is explicitly mentioned by your network administrator or VPN provider.

Click on “Save” and then on “Apply Settings” to save the VPN details. [Refer to img821.imageshack.us/img821/6641/r6b5.jpg]

Step 4: Connect to the service and use it with Kindle Fire HD in order to secure your internet connections.


October 7, 2013
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