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Proxy Server and Smart TV?

by BrianGMill / August 14, 2012 4:11 AM PDT

Hi
I'm looking to buy a Smart TV. Before I start checking out which one is the best, there are a couple of questions I'd like answered and I hope someone will be able to help:
1. Am I able to set the TV up with a Proxy Server?
2. Does the Smart TV have a computer on board?
3. If it does, can I connect a Laptop to the Smart TV in parallel?
4. If the Smart TV cannot be set up with a Proxy Server in the TV itself can it be done through a Laptop connected to the Smart TV?
Thanks

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1. Some do, some don't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2012 4:30 AM PDT

2. Yes, but some mistake these as being similar capabilities as a PC. The usual web browser is not as good as your PC.
3. I'd have to know more about "parallel" but most can use the HDTV as a display.
4. As a laptop display? Yes.

Can you share more about this proxy server? It's now something you rarely run into.
Bob

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Proxy Server and SmartTV
by BrianGMill / August 16, 2012 7:47 PM PDT

Hi Bob

Just to explain Proxy. I live out of the UK and I am able to watch BBC programmes via a Proxy Server. I put the question to the help desk of the company and this is their answer:

"For proxy you would need to be able to access the browsers internet options and be able to enter an IP address, port number and also username and password.

For a VPN solution you would need to be able to set up an IP address and be able to enter log in details to access the VPN.

Another option would be to set a VPN up as an access point on your wi-fi router so that all devices can connect to the wi-fi that has the VPN set up on, then connect to the router via wi-fi from your TV?"

Can I do the above on a SmartTV?

Thanks

Brian

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Re: proxy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 16, 2012 7:56 PM PDT

"For proxy you would need to be able to access the TV's internet options and be able to enter an IP address, port number and also username and password."

As Bob said: "Some do, some don't". It's a excellent selection criterion, I'd say.

Kees

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Proxy Server and SmartTV
by BrianGMill / August 17, 2012 7:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: proxy

Since you are "frugal" in the use of words, can you be less frugal and give me a list of the "some do's", so I don't need to waste the time and space on this forum.

Appreciated.

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Sorry, no.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 18, 2012 10:57 PM PDT

This forum doesn't have a dedicated moderator. I'm more of a PC specialist. So I'm probably no more expert on smart TV's than you are. So I can't provide the list you ask for.

Just ask the sales person in the shop. It's an excellent pre-sales question. If they don't handle pre-sales questions, I'd have my doubts about the after-sales support.

Kees

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Sorry, no- Proxy Server and SmartTV
by BrianGMill / August 19, 2012 2:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry, no.

Kees

Thanks for your forthrightness. That's what I'm worried about: The sales fellow knowing less than me. Not worried about the "after-sales" at the moment.

But, thanks, that's what I'll have to do. Thanks for your input.

Brian

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Sorry but another issue
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2012 2:45 PM PDT

Is that I do not have access to models that are sold in the UK.

So I can't check any out and be absolutely sure.
Bob

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