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yyresorts – some background on VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network, and is normally used by companies to give employees access to Corporate IT systems when not in the office. Essentially VPN is an encrypted connection between two machines.

Why this is good for UK TV abroard in your case is because setting a VPN from abroad to UK broadband means that you can route all of your abroad internet traffic via your UK broadband connection. This has the effect of making the traffic ‘British’, which means that things like BBC iPlayer think you are UK based and will work.

You will first need to set up VPN on your UK broadband machine, for which instructions will be found with the manual for the broadband router. What you are doing is setting up a ‘trust’ between your UK broadband machine and your abroad one.

If you have lost the manual, so a search for it on the device manufacturer web site; all major brands offer a PDF file for the manual. You will then need to set up the abroad router to connect to the UK one via VPN.

You will need to first set up the VPN, and then set up the abroad machine to be given an IP address from your UK broadband machine.

Before you start, make a note of your ISP username, password and other settings. If it goes wrong, you can always factory reset the router. Most routers have a factory reset capability, which can be found in the router manual.

If in doubt, get professional IT help.

Hope this helps.

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