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Setup Tutorials

How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4 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. Go to “Settings” menu (3) on your Apple TV device.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 2
  2. On your next screen select “Network” (4).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 3
  3. Click on “Wi-Fi” (5).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 4
  4. Choose your Wi-Fi network (6).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 5
  5. In the next screen, scroll down and select “Configure DNS” option (7).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 6
  6. Select “Manual” (8) when you are asked to choose between Manual and Automatic.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 7
  7. In the DNS field (9) enter the DNS Server addresses. 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. Click “Done” (10).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 8
  8. Your Smart DNS is set up, but you have also to change your device region. For that, go back to “Settings” and select “General” (11).

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 9
  9. Find “Region Format” option (12) and press on it.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 10
  10. Select “United States” (13) from the list of options.

    How to set up Smart DNS on Apple TV 4: Step 11
  11. Go back to main screen and select “Settings”. Use the “Sleep Now” command. Unplug the Apple TV power cord and wait 10 seconds. Then plug the Apple TV back in.

Everything should work now!

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