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Setup Tutorials

How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3 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.

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

Part I. Validate Your IP Address

If you have already validated your IP address go straight to the “Part II. Change your 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.
Windows XP Smart DNS Setup: Step 1

If you see the “Validated” green label near your IP address, go straight to the “Part II. Change your Windows DNS addresses” of this tutorial

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.

You also have other two options to validate an IP address:

Part II. Change your Apple 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. From your Apple TV menu go to “Settings” (3).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 2
  2. Select “General” (4).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 3
  3. Go to “Network” (5).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 4
  4. Select “Wi-Fi” (6) for wireless network or Ethernet if you have cable connection.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 5
  5. Choose your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Click on “Configure DNS” button (7).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 6
  7. Choose the “Manual” option (8).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 7
  8. Enter CactusVPN DNS Server. You can find them in Settings -> DNS Servers in Your Account on our website.

    Important! You should enter 3 digits for each cluster. I.E. for DNS 1.11.111.123 you should enter 001.011.111.123.


    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 8
  9. Click “Done”.
  10. Go back to the main “Settings” menu and select the “iTunes Store” (9).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 9
  11. Go to “Location” (10) under “iTunes Store”.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 10
  12. Select “United States” (11).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 11
  13. Go again to “Settings” screen and select the “Sleep Now” (12).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 3: Step 12
  14. Unplug the Apple TV from the power grid, wait for about 10 seconds, and plug in it back.

That’s all!

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