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How to set up Smart DNS on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the Smart DNS you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your DNS addresses. You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account our website.

Recommendations

To skip the manual setup and for more features we recommend to use the CactusVPN App for Fire TV.

If you still want to set up Smart DNS manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

  1. Part I. Validate Your IP Address

    If you have already validated your IP address go straight to the “Part II. Change your Fire TV DNS addresses” of this tutorial.

    1. Sign in to your account on our website and go to Settings -> Validate Your IP Address.
    2. Click on Validate IP button (1).If you see the “Validated! No actions are required.” message, go straight to the “Part II. Change your Fire TV DNS addresses” of this tutorial.

      Windows XP Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

      Validate a specific IP address

      You can also validate a specific IP address. To do this, click on the “Validate a specific IP address” link (2). Use this option when you need to validate an IP address different to your current IP address. For example, enter your real IP when you are accessing this page while being connected to VPN or enter your home IP while you are at work.

      Validate IP using a web address

      Another alternative method is to validate your IP using a web address. To do this, click on the “Validate your IP using a web address” link (2). Using this method you do not have to sign in to your account each time you need to validate the IP. Add this link to your browser favorites/bookmarks and your IP address will be validated every time you load this URL into your browser.

      Important! Do not share this link! It is unique for every CactusVPN client. If you share it, other people will have access to your Smart DNS service and you will not be able to use it.

      Remember! You have to validate your IP address each time it changes. If your Smart DNS service is not working, just try to validate your IP address again.

  2. Part II. Change your Fire TV DNS addresses

    This has to be done only once.

    It is important to save your original DNS settings before making any changes. You might need them in case you will want to switch back to your original settings.
    1. Start your Fire TV / Fire TV Stick.
    2. Go to “Settings” and select “Network” (1).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

    3. Choose your Wi-Fi network (2) and “Forget” it. To do that you should press the button with three lines on it afterwards and press the select button.

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 2

    4. Now choose again your Wi-Fi network that must be protected with a password. You will be asked to enter your Wi-Fi password. Enter your password (3) and click on “Advanced” (4).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 3

    5. You have to get an IP from the same IP range as a router. To do that just use your router’s IP and change the last group of digits. For example, if your router’s IP is 192.168.1.1 you should set your Fire TV / Fire TV Stick IP address (5) to something like 192.168.1.100. You can notice that first three groups of digits remained the same and only the last one changed. Click on “Next” (6).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 4

    6. In the “Gateway” field (7) enter the IP of your router and click “Next” (8).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 5

    7. In the “Enter Network Prefix Length” field (9) enter 24 and click “Next” (10).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 6

    8. On the next screen enter the CactusVPN primary DNS address in the “DNS 1” field (11). You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website. Press “Next” (12).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 7

    9. Enter the CactusVPN secondary DNS address in the “DNS 2” field (13). Press “Connect” (14).

      Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Smart DNS Setup: Step 8

    10. Go back to “Settings” menu and select “Time Zone” (15).

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    11. Select the US Time Zone.

That’s all!

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