For those of you using a VPN with MetalKettle’s addon PIA for OpenElec, you would have noticed that it has stopped working since the upgrade to OpenElec 6.0. Fear not there is now a new improved addon called VPN for OpenElec in MetalKettle’s Repository. This guide will show you how to setup VPN for OpenElec using PIA.
Before Setup VPN for OpenElec
Please note: For an alternative Add-on to use please head over to the VPN Manager page. Although you can still carry on with the method. It will still work.
Before you setup VPN for OpenElec, ensure you have the latest version of OpenElec installed. This can be done through the menu of a current version, or downloading the files from the OpenElec website, and flashing a fresh install to your SD card. As of writing, the latest version is 6.0. If you are unsure how to do this, please see this previous post for setting up kodi.
The VPN for OpenElec Addon can be found within Superrepo, but it is better to install the Metalkettle repository. The Metalkettle repo can be added the same way as Superrepo. The file source you need to add is http://kodi.metalkettle.co instead of http://srp.nu.
You will also need to add the OpenVPN addon, which can be found in the Unofficial OpenElec repo. By default the unofficial OpenElec repo is not installed. It can be found within the Openelec official repository named unofficial repo.
Setup VPN for OpenElec
Once you have added OpenVPN, you need to install the VPN for OpenElec addon from the MetalKettle repository.
1. Select System from the main menu
2. Select Addons
3. On the next screen choose Install from repository
4. Next select the MetalKettles Addon Repository
5. Look under Program add-ons
6. There you will find the addon VPN for OpenElec. Select
7. Next select Install
8. Once Installed, go back to the main menu and look under Programs
9. Select VPN for OpenElec
10. Next choose Setup VPN Provider
11. Here you are faced with 3 options. Private Internet Access is the tried and tested one. The other 2 do not support Linux at the moment. If you are using a Raspberry Pi or a WeTek box then you will need to choose Private Internet Access. If you already have an account you can jump to Step 12. below.
In order to proceed further, you will need a PIA account. If you have not got one already head over to the Private Internet Access website from this link to sign up for an account. The yearly subscription is the best value at only $3.33 an month. More information can be found on my here.
Once you have your login details go to www.privateinternetaccess.com and click on Client Login. (Changed from picture)
The details you need for the addon in Kodi is not the one you log into the client login with. Once logged in you should be on the client control panel. Scroll down and you will see a section titled PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS Username and Password (Optional).
Here you will find the required User and Password to setup VPN for OpenElec.
12. Select continue from the popup
13. Enter your PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS Username as mentioned above and select done. Be careful, it is case sensitive
14. The next screen to appear requires your PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS password. Enter it in
15. Once done you will be shown a setup complete popup. Select OK
16. Go back a screen and select Configure VPN Provider
17. If all has gone well you should now have a list of all the VPN gateways from all around the world. Choose your required one remembering that the further away the gateway is, the more likely that it will be slower
18. You should now have a screen telling you that you are connected. Select VPN Status to check that it has worked
19. Where it says Your IP Address it should be different to your I.P address and have the selected country next to it
Setup VPN for OpenElec – Known Issues and tips
- If you find that you I.P address is not changing then try a reboot.
- Some users have reported that in order to get the addon working they had to do a clean install of OpenElec/Kodi. This is sure to fix any issues but is not normally needed.
- You can get the VPN for OpenElec addon to automatically connect at start up. How you do this is to push the options button when on the gateway list and then select the option.