In one of my previous articles, we’ve learned how to access Amazon’s prime features with Kindle Fire using a VPN enabled router. Today, I’m taking a different and more radical approach. If you’re not afraid of a healthy dose of hacking, please read on.
Disclaimer before we start
Attention avid Kindle hacker! I’m not liable for any possible damages, legal consequences or anything else that can be caused by following this tutorial! Also note that rooting your device may void the guarantee. Rooting can enable security exploits and may be forbidden by the terms of service of your provider or network carrier.
It’s time to dive into the Kindle underground
Recently, I’ve found an interesting thread on a forum about openVPN running on an Android device. This is opening new possibilities on how to use Kindle outside US.
The Kindle Fire has no built-in VPN client and no TunTap drivers, so by standard it’s not possible to use it with VPN. But there have been experiments with OpenVPN, and reports of users successfully connecting to the VPN.
A user-made kernel with TunTap support can be found @ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1382999
DroidVPN direct download: http://droidvpn.com/download/DroidVPN.apk
BusyBox installer Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jrummy.busybox.installer
TUN.ko 1.5 Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.aed.tun.installer
TUN.ko 1.4 direct download: http://hmastuff.com/com.aed.tun.installer_5.apk
TUN.ko repository: http://mobtechtunnel.blogspot.com/2011/07/tunko-repository.html
Conclusion for the brave ones
So, practically, in order to run openVPN and use your Kindle outside the US, you will need to root the device, install custom kernel and set up openVPN properly. Only the brave ones will dare to use this.
If you think this is not a simple solution and above your abilities, you can stick with my previous tutorial about running Kindle while being outside the US.
If you have some other tips on how to connect and use Kindle outside US, feel free to write them in the comments section below. Also, I’m open to any questions you might have.
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