As the 21st century moves toward a cyberpunk dystopia, online privacy is (or should be) on everyone’s mind, especially given the United States Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 ruling on net neutrality. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are an increasingly popular way to gain a bit more control over your traffic, protecting your data from the prying eyes of nefarious hackers and greedy telecom monopolies. You can also set up a VPN for gaming consoles like Xbox One and in this guide, we will show you how.
Why Use a VPN for Your Gaming Console? The same reasons you would normally use: to protect your identity and activity from people who want to track you, including corporations, hackers and governments; betrayal Different countries’ versions of streaming services and storefronts; and — especially important for gaming — blocking your Internet service provider from throttle your bandwidth.
Before you begin, you need to find and sign up for a VPN service. (If you want a recommendation, we go on with a list of the best VPN services available). Once you’ve got your picks and sign up, you’re ready to get your console on board.
There are two ways to set up a VPN on Xbox One – through your router or through your PC. We recommend setting this up via your router, as the PC-based method requires you to keep your Xbox connected to your PC via an Ethernet cable.
Step 1: Log in to your router’s control panel and enter the details provided by your VPN
Typically, this involves entering your router’s IP address into a web browser connected to your local network, but refer to your router’s operating instructions for details. Find the tab for controlling connections to your router’s external network. (The name varies, but is usually referred to as “Basic,” “Network,” or something like “WAN Setup”). Enter the details provided to you when you signed up for your VPN (IP, subnet mask, username and password, etc.). Again, details will vary: When in doubt, follow the instructions provided by your VPN to connect your router.
Step 2: Connect your Xbox One to the router
Press the Xbox button to bring up the guide, go to the right Adjustment, then go to Network, highlight Network settings, and press a. Choose set up wireless network And in step one configure your Xbox to use the router connected to your VPN. If your layout allows, you can choose to connect your Xbox directly to the router via Ethernet, which we recommend for the most stable connection if online gaming is important to you.
That’s all you have to do! You are now ready to browse, stream and play games in anonymous security.
Note that running your Xbox One through your PC’s VPN connection requires that your PC has two network adapters – one for the Internet and one for the console. Laptops typically have both a wireless and a wired adapter, but desktop PCs differ more, especially if they are made in-house. If you don’t have two network adapters ready when you start the process, some of the relevant configuration options won’t even appear. Between that and the fact that connecting your system this way requires you to keep your PC running whenever you use your Xbox One online, we generally recommend the previous method because it takes a long time. Simple in duration.
Step 1: Connect your computer to your VPN service
The details will vary depending on which VPN you use, but generally, this will require you to download and run a software client that lets you easily manage which server you’re connecting to. Huh.
Step 2: Connect your Xbox directly to your computer’s network adapter via an Ethernet cable
Step 3a (Windows): Enable Internet Connection Sharing
Make sure you are logged in as a user with administrator-level privileges. Press and select the Windows key plus “X” to open the Power User Menu Network Connection. Choose change adapter options From the menu, then right-click on your VPN connection and select a quality. open to sharing Tab and check the box Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection. Choose from the dropdown menu that appears ethernet or local area network. press Okay And your Xbox should now be able to be online through your computer’s VPN connection.
If your Xbox One isn’t recognizing the network, go to network settings (Step 2) and make sure it’s set to connect via a wired network.
Step 3b (Mac): Enable Internet Connection Sharing
Select the apple symbol (located in the top left corner of the screen). Next, choose System Preferences. Click on Sharing. Select Internet Sharing from the list on the left. A drop-down menu will appear under “Share your connection with” – choose your VPN’s network from this region. Another drop-down menu will appear under “To Computer Using” – select the “Ethernet” option here. After doing that, you need to check the box next to Internet Sharing. After completing this step, a green circle will pop up. This prompts that you have successfully set up Internet Sharing capability, and that it is officially up and running.
If you encounter any problems along the way, double check to make sure you’ve completed all of the steps correctly. A useful tip is to open your network settings and see if it supports your specific network, as some may not be compatible.
It is worth mentioning that VPNs can negatively affect your internet connection speed. Connection speed often depends on where your server is located. If it is in a bad service area, you will experience slow connection and extended loading times. Although this is extremely inconvenient, it is worth the frustration to learn that your data is secure.