Roku has a lineup of media players, and they are easily the go-to-option to replace cable TV. It has several thousands of free and paid channels classified under different genres officially. Although it excels in streaming, it neither supports a VPN nor has a built-in option. So, unlike other streaming players, users of Roku cannot install any VPN. However, you can connect Roku to those compatible VPN services using alternative techniques. For better understanding, this section will let you learn about using NordVPN on Roku. Get into to make the most out of your Roku boxes with a VPN.
Why NordVPN on Roku?
Roku isn’t limited to issues like geo-restrictions, buffering, etc. To overcome these limitations, we recommend using NordVPN. It is one of the most trusted VPN services to unblock websites and services. Your data stays safe and secure while you browse or stream. NordVPN has more than 5500+ servers from across the world, and your connection stays anonymous at any time. Thus your ISP or network admin can monitor your online activity. NordVPN ensures buffer-free streaming as it can restrict throttling issues by ISP.
How to Get NordVPN on Roku?
Although NordVPN isn’t available officially for Roku, users can still access it by setting it up in two different methods. It includes
- Virtual Router
- Physical Router
How to Setup NordVPN on Roku using Virtual Router?
The below steps will help you create a virtual router on Windows PC as it comes with a VPN enabled.
(1). On your Windows PC, download NordVPN from Microsoft Store.
(2). Using the Search bar, go to Settings.
(3). Choose Network & Internet Settings option.
(4). Select Mobile Hotspot option. If the window is maximized, select it from the left pane.
(5). Toggle On the slider under Share my Internet connection with other devices option.
(6). Scroll to the bottom to click on the Change adapter options under Related Settings.
(7). Navigate to a network with NordVPN Tap Adapter to right-click on it and select Properties from the expanded menu.
(8). Choose the Sharing tab and check in the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection option.
(9). When a drop-down menu appears, choose the hotspot and make a tap on OK.
(10). With this, launch NordVPN on your PC and connect to a US server.
(11). On your Roku device, go to Settings and choose Network option.
(12). Highlight and select Set Up Connection option to choose Wireless.
(13). When the list of Wi-Fi networks appears, select the NordVPN virtual router.
(14). If you get a prompt asking you to enter the Wi-Fi password, input it.
(15). With this, your Roku is connected to NordVPN virtually from Windows PC.
How to Setup NordVPN on Roku using Physical Router?
Using NordVPN on RokuOS via a physical router will be a little tricky than using the virtual method. However, you will not experience any speed issues as the router gets connected to Roku and the internet is not shared from the PC.
Note: The section below assumes that you have already set up a VPN on the router. If not, click on the link for the procedure to setup up the physical router.
(1). On your RokuOS, go to Settings and select the Network option.
(2). Highlight and select Setup Connection and select Wireless.
(3). Allow Roku to scan for local Wi-Fi and select the Wi-Fi connection.
(4). Enter the Password to let it connect to the internet and wait for it to show Connected status.
These are two possible ways to use NordVPN on Roku. With this, you can take advantage of VPN connectivity like buffer-free streaming, accessing geo-restrictions, and more on your Roku device.
Related: How to Add Private Channels on Roku?
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the routers that VPN currently supports?
You can set up NordVPN on physical routers like Asus WRT/Merlin, DD-WRT, OPNsense, NetDUMA, Portal, Padavan, Sabai, Tomato, and more.
What are the routers that aren’t compatible with NordVPN?
As of now, you cannot use Linksys, Cisco, Huawei, Ubee, Netgear, TP-Link, D-Link, Arris, etc., with NordVPN.
Can I stream geo-limited contents from Roku with Nord VPN?
Yes. NordVPN will open up endless possibilities of streaming content, and you can set up and sync them no matter where you are.
What are the streaming services you can stream on Roku with NordVPN?
You can stream Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and lots more streaming services and contents on Roku with NordVPN.