Recently I decided to give it a try to Netflix at home but unfortunately my Philips 37PFL8605H/12 TV is not as smart as I’d like it, so I started to look for the best option to watch Netflix at home without buying any additional hardware like Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV.
In my case I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B which currently I’m not using at all so I’ve searched information to know if there is any chance to watch Netflix using my Raspberry Pi and I found the following article in which is explained the process to install OSMC (Open Source Media Center), a Kodi version for Raspberry Pi, to this purpose:
I’m not very familiar with Kodi so following the previous article I found a couple of problems and I wanted to use this entry to comment how to fix them.
The first issue that I faced was that I couldn’t setup properly my network settings using the OSMC Graphical User Interface (GUI), so I needed to find a way to enter in a console and setup manually my network settings, because GUI only let to use DHCP configuration and I’m not using any DHCP server, so to enter in a console it’s needed select Power > Exit menu entry and then press quickly ESC key, once we’ve logged in the console it’s needed to execute the following commands:
$ connmanctl $connmanctl> services Wired ethernet_XXX_cable $connmanctl> config <SERVICE> --ipv4 manual <IP> <NETMASK> <GATEWAY> $connmanctl> config ethernet_XXX_cable --ipv4 manual 10.111.1.111 255.255.255.0 10.111.1.1
And then once the console is closed you can check that network settings are properly configured.
The second problem I faced was that when I was installing the first addon I realized that I couldn’t resolve any hostname so I had to set up DNS servers following the same previous approach but this time using a other flag:
$connmanctl> config ethernet_XXX_cable --nameservers 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
And with this manual configurations I was able to finish successfully OSMC addons installation. Please note that there are simpler options if you just want to watch Netflix from your Raspberry Pi, for example using Firefox on Raspbian or Chrome and ExaGear…, but I my case I also wanted to enhance my TV transform it in a Smarter TV.
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