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This tutorial will show you how to setup your Samsung Smart TV to use MediaStreamer.
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 is a fixed point of reference so that, even if your IP address is continually changed by your Internet Service Provider, ExpressVPN can still identify you and provide you with MediaStreamer access.
Note: No-IP’s standard free service is perfectly sufficient for most users. However, note that you can only get up to 3 hostnames for free and will need to confirm your hostname every 30 days.
Go to freeddns.noip.com and click Sign Up Now.
Create an account and enter the hostname you want to use. You may opt-out newsletters and offers by unchecking the bottom box. Click Create My Free Account once you have filled in your details.
IMPORTANT: Keep a record of your hostname! You will need it later.
Next, check your email and activate your No-IP account. Click Activate Account in the email from No-IP.
And that’s it! Your DDNS hostname is set up and ready to be used!
How to register a hostname on expressvpn.com
Go to www.expressvpn.com and click on MY ACCOUNT on the top header bar.
Sign in using your account information.
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 setting, 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.