Here’s how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Xbox One
Online privacy has become a vital aspect in today’s digital era. The United States Federal Communications Commission’s recent ruling on net neutrality has further highlighted this issue. There are plenty of ways to keep your security intact on the internet. And one of the most popular ways is to use the Virtual private networks (VPNs).
These VPNS provide more control over your traffic thus protecting your data from the prying eyes of nefarious hackers and greedy telecommunication monopolies alike. You can also set up VPNs for gaming consoles, like the Xbox One. If you are wondering how, then here we have discussed in detail how to set up a VPN on an Xbox One.
VPNs are very effective for gaming consoles. VPNs protect your identity and activity from those who want to track you, shielding you from corporations, hackers, and the government and also prevents your internet service provider from throttling your bandwidth.
To start with the guide, first you need to find and sign up for a VPN service. There are plenty of VPN services available online and you can choose the best one according to your needs.
Connecting to a VPN through your router
There are two ways of setting up a VPN on Xbox One — through your router or through your PC. The ideal way is to set it up through your router because the PC-based method requires you to keep your Xbox connected to your PC via Ethernet cable.
Step 1: Log in to your router’s control panel and enter the details provided by your VPN
For this refer to your router’s operating instructions for the particulars. Look at the tab for controlling your router’s connection to the outside network. (The name can differ, but it is something like “Basic,” “Network,” or “WAN Setup”). Now enter the details provided to you when you signed up for your VPN (IP, Subnet Mask, username and password, etc.)
Step 2: Connect your Xbox to the router
Press the Xbox button. You will see the Guide. Here go to Settings, then go to Network, highlight Network settings, and press A. Choose Set up wireless network and configure your Xbox to use the router that was connected to your VPN in Step one. If your layout permits then opt to connect your Xbox to the router directly via Ethernet, which is ideal for the most stable connection if online gaming is your thing. And you are done! Now you can browse, stream, and game in anonymous safety.
Connecting to a VPN through your computer
Your PC needs two network adaptors to run your Xbox One through your PC’s VPN connection. Laptops typically have both a wireless and a wired adapter, but that’s not the case with desktop PCs.
If you don’t have two network adapters ready when you begin the process, you won’t see some relevant configuration options. Also, hooking up your system this way requires your PC to be on whenever you use your Xbox One online. Hence the above method is better as it is simpler in the long term.
Step 1: Connect your computer to your VPN service
In the method, the details vary according to your type of VPN but basics remain same like downloading and running a software client that allows you to manage which server you are connecting to.
Step 2: Connect your Xbox directly to your computer’s network adapter via Ethernet cable
Step 3a (Windows): Enable Internet Connection Sharing
Ensure you are logged in as a user with administrator-level privileges. Press the Windows key plus “X”. The Power User menu will open. Now select Network Connections. Select Change adapter options from the menu, then right-click on your VPN connection and select Properties. Open the Sharing tab and check the box to Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection. From the dropdown menu, select Ethernet or Local Area Network. Press OK and your Xbox should now be able to get online through your computer’s VPN connection.
If your Xbox is not recognizing the network, go to Network settings (Step 2) and make sure it is set to connect through a wired network.
Step 3b (Mac): Enable Internet Connection Sharing
Click the apple icon in the top-leftmost corner of the screen and select System Preferences, then open Sharing. Select Internet Sharing from the list on the left. From the Share your connection from: dropdown menu select your VPN’s network, now from under To computers using: select Ethernet. With these options set you can check the box next to Internet Sharing to enable it and will see a green circle icon confirming that it’s active.
If your Xbox is not recognizing the network, go to Network settings (Step 2) and make sure it’s set to connect through a wired network.