A VPN is becoming ever more essential. Whether it be for unlocking the full potential of the internet, or just to get the privacy that we all have the right to. Connecting to a VPN has not always been easy using certain hardware/software with Kodi. This is where VPN Manager for Kodi comes in to play. This addon created by Zomboided is a adaption, and inspired by one of MetalKettle’s addons, VPN for OpenElec.
VPN Manager for Kodi has many benefits over it’s predecessor. Namely the ease of the auto connect feature at boot up, and the many different VPN providers that it supports. Two of our favourites here at KodiPiGuide is PIA and IP Vanish. Both of these are supported and you can find the links on down the page to get you setup ready to use VPN Manager.
using VPN Manager you can even setup multiple VPN accounts at the same time, and have different ones run depending on what addon’s you are using.
VPN Manager Requirements
Current platforms supported are:
- OpenElec (v5 onwards)
- LibreElec (v7 onwards)
- Linux (OSMC, Raspbian etc)
- Windows (v7 onwards)
Android based systems are not currently supported.
VPN Manager relies on OpenVPN. OpenElec v7 onwards and LibreElec v5 onwards already include OpenVPN. If you have previous versions then you will need to install OpenVPN. This can be found in the Unofficial OpenElec repository which sits in the repository category of the official OpenElec repository. It can also be found in lrusak OpenElec Repo and also MetalKettle’s.
I would recommend just installing the latest OpenElec or any LibreElec which already include it.
For Windows users head over to openvpn.net
Linux users google your specific setup to know which commands to run to install.
First if you have not already, you will need to sign up with a VPN provider. There are many different VPN providers. Some are better than others. The two which we would recommend are PIA (Private Internet Access), and IP Vanish. They are both competitively priced with good speeds. PIA is slightly cheaper but has less gateways. If you sign up for a year on either of these, then it works out cheaper in the long run.
VPN Manager – Repository
You will need to start of by downloading the Zomboided repository from his Git hub page.
Once you have this you will need to put it on a shared network drive that your device can see, or put it on a USB drive and plug that into your device.
Once this is done install in the normal way by going to System > Add-ons > Install from ZIP file. Locate where the file is and select it. The repo will now be installed.
VPN Manager – Install and Configuration
1. Move over to System and click on Settings.
2. Select Add-ons.
3. Then Install from Repository.
4. Next choose the Zomboided Add-on Repository.
5. Then Services.
6. Here you will find the VNP Manager for OpenVPN. Click this.
7. And then Install.
8. Once installed choose Configure.
9. Under the tab VPN Configuration you will see Click here to update VPN settings. Click on this and then choose your VPN Provider in the next row.
You will then need to input your username and password.
If using PIA (Private Internet Access), then you will need to use the User/Password found in the members area under PPTP/L2TP/SOCKS Username and Password.
If using IP Vanish then you can log in with the User/password that you created when setting up your account.
10. Now move over to VPN Connections on the tabs at the top.
11. Here you will be presented with all the gateways from your chosen VPN provider. Choose the one that suits you. The closer they are the faster the connection will be in theory
12. Next you should get confirmation that you are now connected with a new I.P address. Click on OK, and that should be all for a straight forward connection.
The next time you boot up your device, it should remember the settings you have chosen and auto connect. You will not need to repeat any of the processes above.
You will find VPN Manager for OpenVPN a lot more reliable than VPN for OpenElec by MetalKettle. It is more in depth and connects at start up with no trouble at all. If you have any questions the leave a comment below.