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How to set up VPN on my Smart TV or console?

More often than not, Smart TVs, devices like Chromecast, Roku, or gaming consoles (PlayStation or Xbox) do not have the native VPN support, so the Surfshark VPN app can not be installed.

However, there are a few alternative ways to enjoy Surfshark services on these devices:

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Smart DNS 

 

Pros:

  • easy setup
  • does not affect streaming speed
  • available for all devices

Cons:

  • limited to the US region only
  • does not provide VPN security benefits, such as encryption

If your goal is to access streaming content, then setting up Smart DNS is one of the easiest ways to do it. You just need to change the DNS address on your device to the one provided by Surfshark, and enjoy the streaming content of the US region. Also, it is possible to set up smart DNS on your router.

More information about Surfshark’s smart DNS feature is available here.



Router setup

 

Pros:

  • once installed, provides VPN protection to all devices automatically

Cons:

  • setup process might be quite complicated
  • affects the connection speed
  • you may need a special router for that

Setting up a VPN on a router is an effective method of securing your whole household. Once completed, every device that connects to the same router via Wi-Fi or cable will be secured, including your TV, gaming consoles, and any other connected device. However, the process can be a bit complicated. Also, not every router can be configured with a VPN.

You can find more information about the router setup here.



VPN sharing from Windows device

 

Pros:

  • quick and easy
  • you can choose which devices will be provided with VPN access 

Cons:

  • you need a Windows device

If you have already installed the Surfshark VPN app on your Windows device, you can share the VPN connection to all other devices at your house. This is a handy method that will easily provide VPN access to any device that has Wi-Fi connectivity. Find out how you can set it up.

 

If you have any further questions, our customer success team is here to help you 24/7 over a live chat or email.

 

You may also be interested in:

  1. How does smart DNS work?
  2. How to enable 2FA on your Surfshark account?
  3. How to set up a VPN-protected Wi-Fi hotspot using Windows?
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