How to set up a VPN on Xbox

How to set up a VPN on Xbox

As you probably know, VPNs are like disguises for the data you send from your computer, phone, tablet, and any other internet-connected device.

Your ISP sees that you are sending encrypted traffic to a VPN server, but has no idea what’s in it. VPNs also help protect your sensitive data from cybercriminals when you are on public networks and use websites that do not have HTTPS. Technically, VPNs are a type of cybersecurity software, but the way they work lends itself well to online entertainment.

Most important for many VPN users is the fact that VPNs unlock a new level of freedom for your devices, including your Xbox.

What does a VPN do on Xbox?

VPNs work the same on Xbox and on your computer – they encrypt and redirect your data through their own servers, masking your IP address in the process.

Basically, it means you can bypass all kinds of virtual barriers, including content restrictions imposed by your network and geo-blocks that come from streaming service providers. If you want to give the impression that you are logging in from somewhere else, all you have to do is connect via a server in another region or country.

On Xbox, VPNs can allow you to access games and websites that aren’t normally available where you live.

That said, the setup can be a little tricky. Where many other devices have VPN apps that you can install, there are no such apps for Xbox consoles. Additionally, there are rumors of players using VPNs to get early access to DLCs and their accounts have been banned from some games. L’ service agreement Microsoft says the company “can automatically check your device for unauthorized hardware or software that allows it to cheat or tamper with” and, depending on what they find, could “prevent access to Xbox services.”

So, in a word: proceed with caution.

How to set up a VPN on Xbox

Now that we’ve gotten the scary things out of the way, let’s see how to set them up. You have two options for using a VPN on your Xbox: use a Windows PC as an ethernet bridge or configure the entire network to use the VPN.

The network method

While the exact steps may be slightly different based on the router and VPN provider you are using, the general procedure is the same.

You’ll need to find out how to access the DNS settings for your router, which usually involves typing the router’s IP address into a browser and changing the settings. Next, you’ll need to follow your VPN provider’s instructions for activating the service. This is generally pretty straightforward, but it may not be an option for people at school, work, or on public networks.

The Windows method

This method is a little more complicated, but it’s easier to change servers and adjust settings once you’ve set it up.

There are several steps, so be sure to follow them in order:

1. Press the Windows key + X to display the Power User menu.

A punch-in in the Power User menu

A punch-in in the Power User Credit: Screenshot / microsoft menu

2. Select “Network Connections”, then scroll down to “Change Adapter Options”.

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3. Right click on the Ethernet icon showing the name of the VPN, then click on “Properties”.

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4. Select the “Sharing” tab, then check the box next to “Allow other network users to connect via this computer’s Internet connection”.

How to set up a VPN on Xbox

5. Click the drop-down menu under “Home Network Connection” and select the Xbox Ethernet connection, then click “OK” to close the window.

6. On your Xbox, go to the “Network” tab in “Settings” and select “Network Settings”.

7. Press “Check Network Connection” to verify that you are online and enjoying your new VPN connection.

This method may be familiar to anyone who has used Xbox Live without a wireless adapter or nearby Ethernet port. Your Xbox Live connection will now be routed through your computer, which must remain on and actively connected to the VPN for this to work.

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