Windows 7 & Roku Internet Connection Sharing
Last updated by Mike A on July 23, 2021 12:10
Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch movies and TV shows from Hulu Plus or Amazon VOD, listen to music on Pandora, catch the latest ballgame, and more — it's all available whenever you want it.
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Once you have signed up with VPN Secure and have OpenVPN installed on your Windows 7 machine, follow the instructions below to "share" your internet connection and point your Roku device to your Windows 7 machine connected to the VPN secure network.
Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Center, and then clicking Manage network connections.
Right-click the connection that you want to share, and then click Properties. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Click the Sharing tab, and then select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection check box.
The Sharing tab will not be available if you have only one network connection.
If desired, you can also select the Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection check box.
Optionally, to allow other network users to use services running on your network, click Settings and select the services you want to allow.
Once you have Windows 7 sharing the VPN network adapter you will need to setup a Static IP address on your second wifi or network device. Due to not being able to setup Roku with a static IP address subnet and gateway, it makes this setup a little further complicated.
Firstly, you will need to set a Static IP address on your Windows computer, first steps is to get the current IP address. (Please note, when doing this you will need to setup a static IP address on all devices connected to your netwokr "unless you want everything to go through the VPN connection")
- Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Command Prompt, and then, in the list of results, click Command Prompt.
- Once the command prompt is open, type ipconfig /all
If your connected via Wi-fi, write down the details for the Wireless Lan Adapter Wireless Network Connection if your connected via cable to your router, write down the settings for Ethernet Adapter.
NOTE: For the rest of this tutorial we will assume your connected via Wifi
IPv4 Address: 10.5.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 10.5.1.254
DNS Servers: 10.5.1.254
Once you have this information you will need to set this IP address on your Wifi Network Adapter.
- Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Center, and then clicking Manage network connections.
- Right-click the Wireless Lan Adapter that you want to set the statc IP on, and then click Properties. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation
- Click Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and then the Properties button.
- Select Use the following IP Address
- Enter the details that you wrote down above.
- Select OK
If you have done everything ok, you should now still be able to "browse the internet" please check this.
Now for the hard part :(
We now need to configure the DHCP server in your router, this will vary widely depending on what router you use, I would suggest going to google and typing in the following search terms
configure routermodel DHCP server settings
Example, if I was using an Asus N16 router, I would type in, configure Asus N16 DHCP server settings.
I am going to use DD-WRT router as an example here.
- Open up your web browser such as Chrome or Firefox (Internet Explorer for those that don't have the others installed.)
- Type in the IP address of the router, in most cases this is the "Default gateway" that we wrote down earlier on.
- Find where the DHCP server settings are and enter in the following details.
- Local IP address: Leave this as is, it should be the Default Gateway
- Subnetmask: Leave this as it is, should be the same as the Subnet Mask we wrote down before.
- Gateway: SET this to the IP address that we wrote down before. Example: 10.5.1.2
You will now need to save your settings and reboot your router. Once this has done it should reboot and send the correct IP address to the Roku Device.
I hope this has helped some people in some way, if you want any additional information or have any questions we are happy to help out even if your not a VPNSecure.me customer :-)
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