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This tutorial will show you how to set up your Samsung Smart TV to use MediaStreamer. MediaStreamer can enhance your streaming experience online but does not provide the encryption benefits of a VPN.
Note: This tutorial was written using a Samsung 5500 Series Smart TV. The steps to changing the DNS should be similar on most Samsung Smart TVs.
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Get your DDNS hostname
To use MediaStreamer smoothly, you need to first get a DDNS hostname. A DDNS hostname provides a fixed point of reference that allows ExpressVPN to recognize your device as eligible for MediaStreamer access, even if your IP address is continually changed by your internet service provider.
Go to https://www.dynu.com and click Create Account.
Create your account to receive the account verification email from Dynu.
Open the link in the verification email then log in to your account on https://www.dynu.com and select DDNS Services.
Click on + Add to add a DDNS service.
If you do not have a hostname already, enter your desired hostname in Option 1 and click + Add. This is the recommended option for users who are not familiar with domain names.
If you already have your own domain name, enter your domain name in Option 2 and click + Add.
Once done, you will see your hostname and your current public IP. Uncheck both Wildcard Alias and Enable IPv6 Address and click Save.
Next, follow this guide to set up the Dynu DDNS service on your router (note: not all router brands are supported).
And that’s it! Your DDNS hostname is set up and ready to be used!
How to register a hostname on expressvpn.com
After signing in, click DNS Settings in the top header bar.
Under Dynamic DNS Registration, enter the hostname you want to register and click Save Hostname.
After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been updated.
Note: It can take up to 10 minutes for ExpressVPN to detect the IP change.
Access network status
Click the MENU button on your remote.
On the TV’s Menu, navigate to Network and click ENTER () on the remote.
Under Network, go to Network Status and click ENTER () on the remote.
Access IP settings
Wait for the TV to check your internet connection.
Once completed, the TV should list a few options on the screen. Navigate to IP Settings and click ENTER () on the remote.
Change DNS settings
In the IP Settings menu, navigate to DNS setting and click ENTER () on the remote.
Select Enter manually.
When prompted for the DNS Server address, enter the ExpressVPN MediaStreamer DNS server address. To find the MediaStreamer DNS server address, sign in to your ExpressVPN account, click Set Up ExpressVPN, and then navigate to the MediaStreamer section.
Once you’ve entered the new DNS address, click ENTER () on the remote to save the settings. Next, navigate to OK and click ENTER () on the remote.
Validate connection success
Wait while the TV checks your internet connection again.
If you entered the DNS server address incorrectly, the TV will notify you that there is no internet connection. If so, repeat Step 3 above.
If you entered the correct DNS server address, you should see the following message: You are connected to the Internet.
Navigate to Close and click ENTER () on the remote.
Restore DNS settings
To restore your original DNS settings, repeat Step 3 above but select Get automatically in the DNS settings.