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VPN on Freesat box, not on the router

  • 20-01-2023 2:10pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3

    Hi, is it possible to setup a VPN on the newest, official Freesat boxes instead of on the router? ie. within the network settings of the Freesat box. I have not purchased the box yet, and I would like to know this before deciding to

    I would like to avoid setting up a VPN on the wifi router as then it affects all devices in the house connected to the wifi. It's for my parents' house, so I don't want all of their devices to be affected if a problem arises with the VPN.

    Apologies if this question has been answered already - I could not find it via a search of the forum. Thanks!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,097 ✭✭✭dam099

    I am not an expert on these boxes but given the intended market I doubt they would bother adding.

    Other solutions would be a higher end router that allows you to define what interface a client uses or a small cheap router with VPN between the device and your main router.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,753 ✭✭✭Doodah7

    Can't be done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 eoinous

    Thanks for your reply. I will investigate the cheap router option.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,460 ✭✭✭swoofer

    When you say official Freesat boxes which one do you mean?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 eoinous

    The 4k boxes (recordable or non-recordable) listed on the 'freesat dot co dot uk' website. Sorry, I am a new member so don't have permission to post links yet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,568 ✭✭✭dubrov

    As others have said, I doubt FreeSat boxes support VPNs.

    If you just want to get around geoblocks, I am sure you can update the DNS settings on these boxes.

    So maybe have a look at a Smart DNS type solution.