How to Setup PrivateVPN on Roku in 2021
Installing PrivateVPN on your Roku device will help you stream Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and other services directly on your Roku device. Learn how to set up PrivateVPN on Roku in the easiest way possible. (Specially written for beginners)
If any VPN is not too mainstream but still offers powerful features, it can quietly bypass even the harshest of geo-restrictions. PrivateVPN is one such VPN service provider and is exactly why it’s so perfect for Roku.
Although it cannot be installed directly on to Roku devices just like other VPNs, PrivateVPN offers excellent router compatibility.
You can easily install it on your physical or virtual router and provide a connection to your Roku device. This way, you can bypass geo-restrictions and access all blocked content on Roku.
Keeping this in mind, today, I’ll show you how to set up PrivateVPN on your router (physical or virtual) and provide a connection to your Roku device for an unrestricted content streaming experience.
Does PrivateVPN work with Roku?
Yes, PrivateVPN works on Roku devices. However, unlike an Amazon FireStick device, you can’t install the PrivateVPN app directly on your Roku device because there’s no native support for it currently. You will have to use a physical or a virtual router alternatively to provide a connection for your Roku to connect to.
Now, one thing to keep in mind is that not all VPNs can help you bypass geo-restrictions imposed by Roku. This is why it is important to use only reliable VPNs like PrivateVPN. After all, PrivateVPN supports torrenting and offers plenty of security features that make it ideal for Roku users. Just check out our PrivateVPN review to get an idea of how powerful this VPN service is.
Anyways, now that you know that you can use PrivateVPN with Roku, let’s check out how you can setup PrivateVPN on your Roku device for endless restriction-free streaming.
How to Setup PrivateVPN on Roku (Via a router)
For the first method to setup PrivateVPN on Roku, you’ll need a router that’s compatible with PrivateVPN. You can find which routers you can use on their website. Once you have the router situation figured out, just follow these steps:
Step 1: Log in to your DD-WRT router’s control panel through your web browser
Step 2: Click on Setup and then click on Basic Setup
Step 3: Now where it says Network Address Server Settings (DHCP), Change the Static DNS 1 and 2 to 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 and then click Save > Apply Settings
Step 4: Next, click on Administration > Commands
Step 5: Now, download PrivateVPN DD-WRT OpenVPN script > paste all text into the Command shell field
Step 6: After that, edit the following lines:
USERNAME=”Enter your user name for PrivateVPN”
PASSWORD=”Enter your password for PrivateVPN”
Step 7: Remote change the server address only and not the port number (example: us-nyc.privatevpn.com, which will be: remote us-nyc.privatevpn.com 1194). You can find the complete server list on PrivateVPN’s website
Step 8: When you’re done with step 7, click on Save Startup
Step 9: After that, click on Management and scroll down to click on Reboot Router
Step 10: Now, wait a couple of minutes for your router to reboot and the VPN connection to establish
Step 11: Next, just make sure that you are connected to the same server location as the location you used when first registering your Roku account
Step 12: Now, go to Settings on your Roku > Click on Network > click on Setup Connection
Step 13: Next, select Wireless
Step 14: From the list of Wi-Fi connections, find your Wi-Fi connection and click on it
Step 15: Now, type in your Password
Step 16: Once connected, you will see your status change to ‘Connected’
That’s it. PrivateVPN is now configured on your router and you can now connect your Roku device to the new connection you just created. Now, with PrivateVPN’s fast speeds, you’ll be able to stream your favorite content without any buffering.
In case you found the setup process for the physical router a bit difficult, then you can follow the virtual router method mentioned below. It is way easier.
How to Setup PrivateVPN on Roku (Via a virtual router)
Now we’ll take a look at how to set up a virtual wifi connection from your Windows PC or macOS computer. To create a virtual hotspot running PrivateVPN, just follow the steps mentioned below:
Virtual Router on Windows
In order to create a virtual wifi connection using your Windows computer, here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Step 2: Download and install the PrivateVPN app on your Windows PC
Step 3: Next, on your Windows computer, click on the taskbar located at the bottom right then the Internet connection icon > Network & Internet Settings
Step 4: Find mobile hotspot on the left-hand menu and turn on the Share my Internet connection with other devices option
Step 5: Now click on the Status located on the left-hand menu and then click on Change adapter options
Step 6: Now, Right-click on the PrivateVPN Tap Adapter and then click on Properties
Step 7: Next, click on Sharing tab and checkmark the box next to “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”
Step 8: From the drop-down menu, select the hotspot that you just created and then click on OK
Step 9: Now, your PC can run as a virtual wifi router
Step 10: Now, launch the PrivateVPN app on to your computer and connect to a US server
Step 11: Next, on your Roku’s main menu, select Settings > Network
Step 12: Then select Set up Connection > Wireless
Step 13: Now, you should see a list of all Wi-Fi networks. Just select the virtual Wifi connection you created earlier
Step 14: Now, enter your Wi-Fi password when asked and connect your Roku device to PrivateVPN
Note: In order to be able to make the above method work and be able to access U.S specific content on Roku, make sure that your Roku device is set up properly with a US region. If not, follow the steps mentioned below:
How do I change my Roku region to the U.S?
If you want the freedom to watch U.S. exclusive content on your Roku device, you’ll need to set up your Roku device with U.S region settings. Here’s how you can change your Roku region:
Step 1: Launch the PrivateVPN app and connect to a U.S. server location
Step 2: Now, create a Roku account
Step 3: Since you don’t have a U.S. credit card, if you get asked to choose a payment method, you can just skip this step without providing credit card information
That’s it. Your new US Roku account is just created. But in case you’re already signed in to your Roku device with a non-U.S. account, you can factory reset your Roku device by going into Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset to sign out.
Virtual Router on macOS
Now we’ll check out how to create a virtual hotspot connection running PrivateVPN on a macOS computer. But before you begin, plug in an ethernet cable into your macOS computer.
- First, click the Apple logo located in the top left corner
- Next, click on “System preferences”
- Now, select “Network”
- Click on the “+” icon at the bottom left corner
- Now where it says “Interface”, choose “VPN”
- As for “VPN type” choose “IKEv2”
- For the “Service name” type in any network name
- Next, copy and paste in the US server address Remote ID (you can find it on the internet)
- Next, click on “Authentication settings”
- Click on “Username and Password of your VPN account.”
- Now, click on “Ok”, then click “Advanced”
- Next, click on “Send all traffic over VPN connection” and then click “Ok”
- Click on “Apply” and then “Connect”
- Now, again click on the Apple logo and go to “System preferences”
- Next, select “Sharing”
- Tick mark the box that says “Internet sharing”
- Now, choose “Wi-Fi” > “Network name” and type in the network name as “Channel: [default]”, “Security” as WPA2 Personal, and for “Password”, type in your chosen password. Now where it says “Verify” type in the password again
- Finally, click on “Ok” to finish the process
That’s it. Your Roku device is now ready to connect the new connection you just created. If you followed all the steps properly but are still encountering any connectivity issues with PrivateVPN, make sure to check out our PrivateVPN not working guide for quick fixes.
How PrivateVPN Unblocks Channels on Roku
PrivateVPN might only offer 150+ servers in 60 countries, but it is still a remarkably powerful service when it comes to unblocking streaming content on Roku.
By simply connecting to any U.S server offered through PrivateVPN, you can pretty much access any blocked content on Roku you can think of. Here’s how simple and easy it is to unblock any channel on Roku with PrivateVPN:
- Power on your Roku device
- Install Netflix or any other streaming service on your Roku (How to watch Netflix with PrivateVPN)
- Log in to the Netflix app using your Username and Password
- Search for any movie or TV show you wish to watch and enjoy
That’s it. This is how easily PrivateVPN takes care of geo-restrictions. But just in case you don’t find PrivateVPN to your liking, then you can always cancel your PrivateVPN subscription and get your money back.
Now that you know what it takes to set up PrivateVPN on Roku, we’ll look at some of the most frequently asked questions about setting up a VPN on Roku.
Is PrivateVPN safe?
Yes, without a doubt, PrivateVPN is a safe option. It comes with a zero logs policy, 2048-bit Encryption, Killswitch, and much more to keep you totally safe and secure on the web.
How do you connect Roku to Wi-Fi?
To connect your Roku device to a wifi connection, select the grid icon on your phone to open up the mobile settings screen. Now simply located your internet connection and tap on it.
Does Roku work with wireless internet?
Yes, Roku can work with wireless and ethernet internet connections. In order to stream amazing content, just connect to the internet via wifi or wired connection.
So there you have it. I hope you found today’s guide on how to setup PrivateVPN on Roku. Hopefully, you’re now able to get past annoying geo-restrictions on Roku with PrivateVPN.
However, if you don’t wish to use PrivateVPN, that’s perfectly understandable too. You can alternatively check out our list of the best VPNs for Roku.
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