Although gaming isn’t always taken into account when talking about a virtual private network (VPN), there are myriad uses for it on your PlayStation 4. With a VPN, you can connect to servers around the world, so you can make PlayStation Store purchases. Pair up with players in other regions and on the other side of the world. Plus, a VPN encrypts your Internet connection, protects your personal data from anyone spying on your connection, and can get past Internet service provider speed throttling.
Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t make it easy to set up a VPN on your PS4, but there are some workarounds. Here are the two best ways to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4.
The easiest way to use a VPN with your PlayStation 4 is through your router. By setting up a VPN on your router, you can automatically encrypt all traffic flowing through that router, including what’s coming from your PS4. Although digging around in your router’s settings may seem like a lot, setting up a VPN on your router is straightforward. Plus, you don’t have to deal with running an Ethernet cable.
Step 1: Find the Right VPN for You
There are a lot of VPNs on the internet, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and costs. Many VPNs will charge you a subscription fee, and while some others are free, they limit how much data you can use per month without spending any money. Figuring out which VPN you want to use is the first big step, and may take a little research.
Luckily, you can shortcut that process a bit. We’ve tested several VPNs to find the best VPNs – check out our guide to VPNs to help you find the right option for your use.
Step 2: Log in to your router
You can log into your router by entering your IP address in any browser. There are other methods as well, although they depend on the brand of your router. If you’re not sure what your IP is, you can find it by opening a command prompt in Windows, typing “ipconfig” and pressing . recorded. Find your network adapter and see below default gateway. That is the IP address you should use. You can check your IP address online, but that will give you your public IP address, not your router’s IP address. You want the latter.
If you’re logging into your router for the first time, you’ll need standard login credentials. Typically, this is something generic like “admin” for the username and password, but consult your router’s manual for the proper login information.
Step 3: Configure Your VPN
The specific process for configuring a VPN on your router varies not only between router brands, but also between VPN services. If you’re setting up the VPN connection manually, you’ll need a configuration file from your VPN provider (you can usually find them in the Help section). Then, it’s a matter of importing the configuration file into your router’s control panel and running the service. Testing with a Netgear router, we found the VPN configuration screen under advanced setting tab.
Some VPN services, such as, Also provide router firmware installation. Only specific router models support custom firmware, so again, it’s best to consult with your router and VPN service. It is much easier to install custom firmware than to manage configuration files. However, manual installation allows you to revert to your previous settings without having to re-flash your firmware.
Step 4: Connect your PS4 to the network
Once you’ve verified that the VPN is working — check your IP address when connected to make sure — all you have to do is make sure your PS4 is connected to the router. No matter if you’re using Wi-Fi or Ethernet, go here Settings > Network on your PS4. Selected establish a connection, Then choose easy way. go through the signs, ensuring that Do not use proxy server The box is checked, and finally verify your connection.
If you’re stuck with the modem and router you get from your Internet service provider, it probably can’t handle the setup described above. Your connection doesn’t require any additional hardware to use your computer, so it’s probably the most accessible option for most players. You can connect your VPN directly to a PC or Mac running a VPN and thereby secure your PS4 connection. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Set up your VPN
First, find your VPN, install it and set it up on your computer. You’ll find plenty of options that work in different ways (including browser extensions) but most of the process is about installing the VPN’s software on your computer and configuring it. If you need help, we have a handy guide to the VPN setup process that can walk you through it.
Step 2: Connect your PS4 to your PC with an Ethernet cable
You will need to link your PlayStation 4 to the computer on which you have the VPN installed so that the computer can be used as a passthrough for your VPN’s Internet, and this will require an Ethernet cable. Connect the machines and you’re ready to tell the software to connect your PS4 to the Internet.
Step 3: Change the Connection Settings on Your VPN
With the VPN installed on your computer, open control Panel in Windows or right-click Internet access icon in the system tray. go to Network and Internet Settings In both cases. Once there, click on change adapter options.
This will bring you to a new window that shows all your network connections. Find your VPN and right-click on it to bring up a menu. Choose a quality There will be an option to open a new menu window and five tabs at the top of it. Choose sharing and click on the box next to Allow network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
You will also see a drop-down menu that will allow you to choose which connection you want to share on your computer through your VPN. If you’re on a laptop, select the connection associated with your Ethernet adapter.
Step 4: On your PS4 . set up connection
Now that your computer and VPN are allowing other devices to connect through them, you can go to your PS4 and set up its Internet connection. From the Home Dashboard, go to the top row of icons and find Adjustment Menu at the far right – it looks like a suitcase.
open to Adjustment menu and click Network settings, Then set up an internet connection. You will then be able to select the option to use a LAN cable (instead of a Wi-Fi connection). last, select easy setup, which will prompt the PS4 to scan itself for connections.
Once you reach this stage, the PS4 should be able to finalize the VPN connection settings without you physically directing the console to it. However, the device may prompt you to take some decisions through the process. For example, it may ask if you want to use a manual IP address, a specific DHCP hostname, or select DNS settings. It may ask if you would like to set up a proxy server. Make sure you still manage to set up your settings even if you’re still focused on connecting to the VPN.
If you receive all these messages and prompts and then select the Easy Setup option, you may experience slight hiccups during setup. Your PS4 may not be able to fully locate the VPN’s settings on its own. If you select Easy Setup and you haven’t specified the correct connection in your VPN’s sharing settings, you’ll run into problems. Conversely, if you take a moment to double-check the VPN’s settings and everything is fine, and then you select Easy Setup, the PS4 will likely detect everything automatically and eliminate the need for prompts. will do it.
Now that you’ve got it all done, it’s best to try changing your internet connection and settings on your PS4. If all goes well, you can directly use your VPN to play games on this console.