October 9, 2021 / Activate Guide
How to Download and Setup VPN on Roku TV?
Roku is among the most popular streaming boxes on the market and is an easy-to-use media device available in a variety of types. As the Roku device can be connected to your TV easily, you can easily access Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and several other applications using it. Moreover, you can connect your Roku device to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to not only encrypt your network but also get access to a world of streaming possibilities.
If you have a VPN already, you can use it with your Roku device by following the below-mentioned information.
VPNs Lets You Stream Additional Content on Roku
If you use VPN, you can easily have an entirely new IP address to surf the internet. It implies that websites and services that might be prohibited in your area will be made available right away. In case a person in the UK wishes to stream content from the US, he/she will simply need to do is use their VPN to connect to any UK server location.
So, if you have a Roku device, you can unlock new streaming possibilities by configuring and syncing channels from anywhere you wish to.
To Install a VPN on Roku
Although Roku devices do not support VPN or Smart DNS functionality, this implies that the only way to use a VPN for Roku is to install it on your router. While it may seem to be an extra effort, however, having a VPN installed on your router is worth doing it no matter if you wish to use it on your Roku or not.
By configuring up a VPN on your router, you can cover every device connected including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and every other internet-enabled device. Alternatively, it might be easier for you if you set up a virtual router with your VPN.
Steps to Configure a VPN on Your Router
If you are looking to set up a VPN on your router manually, you will need to ensure that your router can accommodate a VPN. However, remember that not every router is VPN-compatible. Also, the installation process may differ depending on the router model or brand you are using.
NOTE: In case your router does not support VPN functionality, consider installing a new firmware that ‘flashes’ your router. The most common way to do so is simply to install open-source firmware.
In case due to certain reasons, you do not wish to connect your VPN to your router, consider setting up a virtual router to use Roku with a VPN. For this, all you need is a Mac or Windows device, an open Wi-Fi hotspot, and a VPN connection.
Steps to Configure A Virtual Router With A VPN
Although this option is a bit easier, it requires a few more steps to follow. You will first need to use your PC or Mac computer to configure a VPN connection. Next, you will need to open your VPN app and share your Wi-Fi internet network. For Windows users, open Run and press Windows + R keys on your keyboard. Then, type a suitable name for your connection and go to the Connection Settings and locate the network option next to the corresponding VPN. After that, you will need to right-click on the connection, navigate to the Properties section and select Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
Similarly, if you are a Mac user, you will need to navigate to the Sharing Menu and select the checkbox next to the Internet Sharing option. Doing so will display a greeting with a pop-up notifying your selection. Now, you will need to click or tap on the Start option and open your menu bar. If you would have followed the steps correctly, you will see a green light next to your Internet Sharing status in the Sharing menu.
Now, when your Wi-Fi hotspot is activated, use your Roku to connect to that hotspot. When connected, your Roku should be connected to the VPN.
Using a VPN with Roku
Once you have connected your VPN, you can begin accessing Roku on a new level. In order to do so, make sure that your VPN and Roku are configured to the same location.
Now, considering that you are located in a different country, you can configure your VPN to stream content directly in the US. First, you will need to ensure that you are connected to a VPN connection in the US. Next, you will need to set up the settings of your Roku device by visiting https://owner.roku.com on the device that you have connected to the VPN.
However, if you don’t have an account already, you can do so now easily. Just make sure that you set up your settings in the US. If you would be a new user, you will be prompted to provide a ZIP code. So, simply enter an American ZIP code and proceed. You will then be able to use your VPN to stream US content on your Roku device.
So, now as you know how to download and set up a VPN on Roku TV, you can easily access blocked content from your location.