How to Setup ProtonVPN on Roku in 2021
Installing ProtonVPN 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 ProtonVPN on Roku in the easiest way possible. (Specially written for beginners)
Roku is perhaps the best low budget streaming player that can help you watch more than 500000+ movies and TV episodes. However, sadly, you can only use Roku in the US or in just a few other countries like United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Mexico.
What’s even more annoying is the fact that Roku doesn’t currently have native support for VPNs. As a result, you are not going to be able to access a lot of popular channels on Roku due to licensing issues.
Don’t be sad though. There is a way through which you can make any VPN work with your Roku device.
With the help of a Roku VPN like ProtonVPN that has router compatibility, you’ll be able to set it up on to your router (physical or virtual) and then share a connection to your Roku device.
Keeping that in mind, in today’s guide, I will show you exactly how to set up ProtonVPN on Roku in the easiest ways possible.
Does ProtonVPN work with Roku?
Yes, ProtonVPN works with Roku devices. However, you can’t install its app directly as Roku devices don’t offer native support for VPNs currently. The only way to use ProtonVPN with Roku is by installing it on your router or your computer and then sharing a connection to your Roku.
But before you get the notion that you can just get any free VPN service instead of ProtonVPN, let me tell you that you’re just going to waste your time. Not all VPNs offer router support or offer servers that can bypass strict geo-restrictions.
ProtonVPN, on the other hand, offers 1,059 servers in 54 countries that support torrenting and can easily help you watch any blocked content on Roku. Just check out our ProtonVPN review to get an idea of how powerful this VPN service is.
How to Setup ProtonVPN on Roku (Via a router)
In order to set up ProtonVPN on your Roku device, you’ll need to first install the ProtonVPN app on your home router or on your computer (Windows, Mac). Once you’re done installing, you can share a hotspot connection to your Roku device. In order to get started, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step 2: Once that’s done, follow this guide to set up any VPN on your router including ProtonVPN
Step 3: After that, make sure that you are connected to the same server location as the location you used when first registering your Roku account.
Step 4: Now, head over to Settings on your Roku > Click on Network > click on Setup Connection
Step 5: Next, select Wireless
Step 6: From the list of Wi-Fi connections, find your Wi-Fi connection and click on it
Step 8: Now, type in your Password
Step 9: Once connected, you will see your status change to ‘Connected’
That’s it. With ProtonVPN installed on to your router and connected to your Roku device, you’ll never have to deal with any geo-restrictions. Best of all, since ProtonVPN is fast, you’ll be able to steam any content without any buffering whatsoever.
In case you found this setup process a bit difficult, just follow the virtual router method covered below. It is considerably easier.
How to Setup ProtonVPN on Roku (Via a virtual router)
Now that you know how to install ProtonVPN on a physical router, let’s check out the steps to create a virtual VPN connection from your PC or macOS computer. We can then share a connection with our Roku device and say good bey to geo-restrictions. To get started, just follow the easy steps covered below.
Virtual Router on Windows
First I’ll show how to create a virtual hotspot connection from your Windows PC and then I’ll tell you how you can connect your Roku device to the new connection you just created. I’ll also cover the same process for macOS as well.
Step 1: Subscribe to ProtonVPN
Step 2: Download and install the ProtonVPN app on your Windows PC
Step 3: Next, on your PC, click on the taskbar located at the bottom right then the Internet connection icon > Network & Internet Settings
Step 4: Locate 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 ProtonVPN 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 for ProtonVPN that you just created and click on OK
Step 9: Now, your PC can run as a virtual wifi router with ProtonVPN running in the background
Step 10: Now, launch the ProtonVPN app on to your computer and connect to any 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 for ProtonVPN
Step 14: Now, enter your Wi-Fi password when asked and connect your Roku device to ProtonVPN
Note: In order to 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, just follow the steps mentioned below:
How do I change my Roku region to the U.S?
In order to watch U.S. content on your Roku device, you’ll need to set up your Roku device with U.S region settings. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Launch the ProtonVPN app on your computer and connect to any U.S. server
Step 2: Now, create a Roku account with your first name, last name, email, and password
Step 3: After that, when asked to choose a payment method, just skip the step since you don’t have a U.S. credit card
That’s it, your new Roku account is now created. That being said, in case you were already signed in to your Roku device with a non-U.S. account, you can just factory reset it by going into Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset to sign out.
Virtual Router on macOS
Now we’ll check out how you can create a virtual hotspot from your macOS computer with ProtonVPN. But in order to make this method work, you’ll need to first plug in your macOS computer to an Ethernet cable. After that, just follow the steps below:
- 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
Your hotspot virtual wifi connection is now created properly. You can now connect your Roku device to the newly created connection.
But in case you face any connectivity issues, you can check out our ProtonVPN not working guide for quick troubleshooting tips.
How ProtonVPN Unblocks Channels on Roku
Since Roku is not available in most countries around the world due to licensing limitations, you can only benefit from the service if you’re in the US or in any of the few supported countries.
But if you have a powerful VPN like ProtonVPN, you can simply spoof your actual location and mask your IP to virtually appear in the US. It is that easy. Here’s all that you’ll need to do to unblock the full potential of Roku:
- Power on your Roku device
- Install Netflix, Hulu, or any streaming on your Roku (How to watch Netflix with ProtonVPN)
- Log in to the streaming app of your choice using your Username and Password
- Search for any content you’d like to watch and enjoy
This is how easy it is to trample geo-restrictions with ProtonVPN. But in case you don’t fancy ProtonVPN, then you can always cancel your ProtonVPN subscription and get a full refund.
So, now that you know how the installation of ProtonVPN works on a router (physical and virtual) and also how easy it is to connect your Roku device to a VPN encrypted wifi connection, we’ll now take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about setting up a VPN on Roku.
Is ProtonVPN safe?
Yes, ProtonVPN is without a doubt safe. The fact that it supports OpenVPN along with IKEv2/IPSec VPN protocols means that ProtonVPN can totally keep you safe from the prying eyes of law enforcement, government agencies, and internet service providers. This makes ProtonVPN an ideal choice to use with Roku.
Is ProtonVPN good for Netflix?
Yes, ProtonVPN does work with Netflix and other popular streaming sites. You can simply connect to a US server, open up Netflix on Roku and easily access any show exclusively available on US Netflix.
How many servers does ProtonVPN have?
ProtonVPN offers around 1,059 servers in 54 countries. This would put ProtonVPN in the average category considering its server network. But none the less, it is still a powerful VPN service that’s perfect for Roku.
So there you have it. I hope you found my guide on how to install ProtonVPN on Roku useful. Hopefully, you now know how to use a physical or virtual router to provide an encrypted VPN connection to your Roku device.
But if you don’t wish to use ProtonVPN with Roku and want to try something else, then you can alternatively check out our list of some best VPNs for Roku.
If you found this guide useful, you might also find our setup guide for ProtonVPN Kodi useful too.