What is Kodi?
Kodi is a powerful, open-source software for organizing your media library. It’s very powerful and easy to use once you’ve gotten familiar with it, but it has a relatively steep learning curve. Kodi lets you access a wide range of video content on almost any device and can be installed on Android TV boxes, personal computers and even entertainment devices like the Firestick and Fire TV following these extremely simple instructions.
How was Kodi born?
Kodi has made an impact slowly but effectively. Kodi was initially started in 2002 under the name of “Xbox Media Player.” In 2014, the XMBC foundation who works behind the scenes to make this platform successfully renamed it to Kodi.
What is Kodi Meant to Do?
Kodi provides unlimited access to streaming several media content, including videos and music. It provides a way to store and watch that content. It works across every major operating system.
Kodi can be used on TV, laptop, phone, tablet, and other major devices. Kodi is extremely lightweight considering its capabilities and can even run on the Raspberry Pi. Kodi has its own interface, which works with both local and network storage services that you’re already using. Third-party add-ons like Seren are a must however to truly utilize Kodi to its best effect.
Kodi is full of entertainment. Kodi can play music from all of the major formats, including AAC, MP3, and OGG. It also comes with smart playlists and the ability to tag different tracks.
The best fact about Kodi is it can directly stream content over the internet. Kodi also works with ISO, 3D, and H.264. Once films are imported, Kodi can add posters, fan art, trailers, video extras, and more to each item. Kodi also offers you to store your favorite TV program.
Important note: Kodi is always preferred to use with a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A VPN enables you to establish a safe connection to a different network on the internet. VPNs are used to access censored content and region-restricted websites as well as shield your browsing activity from prying eyes.
VPNs primarily forward all your network traffic to a different network, which helps to access local network resources remotely and to bypass Internet censorship.
What Does Shellfire VPN do?
A VPN connects your PC, smartphone, tablet to another server from somewhere on the internet. Commercial VPNs like Shellfire VPN enable you to surf the internet using that server’s connection. So, if that server is from a different country such as the USA, then it will appear that you are using the internet from that country. This lets you bypass georestrictions on content and watch things that would otherwise be restricted.
VPN can be used for –
- Get over geographic restrictions on websites or streaming audio and video.
- Watching streaming media like BBC iPlayer and Hulu.
- Protect your data from hackers.
- Foster some anonymity online by hiding your true location.
- Protect yourself from being logged while torrenting.
VPNs were initially created as a method of allowing remote employees to access their corporate networks. As such data security is always the key feature of the VPN. This is of huge benefit to you and I as now that security helps protect you and your activities online.
How does a VPN work?
By using a VPN, you are able to create a secure network connection to a different location. All your network traffic is diverted to the secure connection. It allows you to use securely local network resources even when you’re not there.
Uses of VPN –
Access a business network while traveling – VPN is preferred by business travelers to access their business network, including all its local network resources.
Access your home network while traveling – VPN can be set to access your personal network while traveling.
Hide your browsing activity from Internet Service Provider – If you’re using a local WiFi, beware because your browsing history can be viewed by others nearby. The only way to secure your data is to use a VPN. Recently there have been many instances of ISPs using things like a “fair use policy” against their own customers. Basically this has meant that if they believe a user is streaming too much, they will slow down their connection. This can be catastrophic when watching videos online. But with a VPN in place, your ISP does not know what you’re doing online ensuring that they keep your connectivity untouched.
Downloading files – VPN is popularly used to download files from BitTorrent. This can actually be very useful,when your ISP throttling BitTorrent, making it extremely slow. VPN will help to get faster speeds.
Installing the Seren Kodi add-on
The Seren Kodi add-on helps you to stream movies and videos. Seren is designed to provide a smooth experience when watching with fast menus, and playing back to back episodes is needed. Seren can also do preemptive scraping of sources, custom provider modules, cached torrent support, and more.
Seren was launched in 2018, and from then, it had effectively turned into one of the most preferred add-ons of Kodi. Seren is made by the authors of the famous Incursion Kodi add-on.
Before you start your installation, make sure that you are connected to Shellfire VPN for your own protection.
Enable Unknown Sources
#1.Open Settings on the homepage.
#2. Then, select the system on the System Page.
#3. Go to add-ons and enable Unknown sources.
So, now we need to install its host repository, Nixgates Repo.
How to install Nixgates Repo?
#1. Your ISP may block Repo, to avoid that use Shellfire VPN.
#2. Go to the Kodi home screen. Click on Settings.
#3. Select File Manager and double click on Add-source and type in the URL https://nixgates.github.io/packages and name it as Nixgates and click on Ok.
#4. Proceed back to the Kodi home screen. Then, click on Add-ons.
#5. Open package installer. It can be done by clicking the button at the top of the menu bar and select ‘Install’ from the ZIP file.
#6. Select Nixgates and then select Nixgates.repository.zip.
Installing Seren Kodi add-on
#1. While on the same screen; select Install from the repository.
#2. Select Nixgates repo.
#3. Select video add-ons. Click on Seren.
#4. Select Install and then click on, Ok.
Seren Kodi Add on is user-friendly and provides a smooth experience. It is completely worth installing and trying. It is highly recommended but you will need to get a Real Debrid account to really take advantage of its features.