How to Set Up VPN on Apple TV Easily

By Lillian Lai  Technical Tips  VPN   0 Comment

If you have an Apple TV, you may want to use a VPN with your Apple TV, as the VPN on Apple TV can unblock the geo-restricted content and you can stream without limitations!

Setting up VPN in Apple TV is not that easy. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Follow the instructions in this post to set up VPN with Apple TV.

How to set up VPN with Apple TV

Since most of the VPN manufacturers don’t support installing the application in Apple TV, usually there are two methods to set up VPN on Apple TV:

  1. Set up VPN for your WiFi router
  2. Set up VPN in your Windows computer

Method 1 is technical and difficult to set up, and you’ll need a VPN-enabled router. Method 2 is relatively easy to complete. Either way you can achieve your goal and use VPN with your Apple TV.

Method 1: Set up VPN for your WiFi router

Because Apple TV doesn’t support installing VPN applications yet, you can set up VPN in your WiFi router, then connect your Apple TV to your WiFi router to use VPN.

As the specific steps to set up vary from routers to routers, you can head to the router manufacturer support for detailed instructions to set up. But the general steps will be:

Step 1: Get a VPN-enabled router

If you try this method, the first thing to do is to get a WiFi router that supports the VPN feature.

For the router that you’ve already had, consult your manufacturer and see if it supports the VPN. If not, you’ll need to buy a new router to do so.

Usually these WiFi routers have integrated VPN functionality:

  • ASUS
  • Netgear
  • Linksys
  • DDWRT
  • Tomato

Step 2: Register a VPN account

Apart form the VPN-integrated router, you need a VPN account.

You can search on the Internet to find a VPN with good review and reasonable price. If you don’t have the time ot patience, you can try NordVPN.

NordVPN is one of the best VPNs for Apple TV. It helps you bypass the geo-restrictions and get access to limitless content. More importantly, it offers complete tutorial to set up VPN on different routers and devices.

Step 3: Log into your router

Assuming you have the WiFi router and VPN, you can now log into your WiFi router to configure VPN settings.

If you don’t know how to log in, check your router manual or support for detailed steps.

Step 4: Configure your router

The steps you should perform are depending on your model. So you can check the router manual for details.

For example, for ASUS router, you need to configure the VPN server in Advanced Settings. Then select the type of Broadcast Support and Force MPPE Encryption, enter the range of IP address for the VPN clients, and input your username and poassword for VPN clients.

Step 5: Connect your Apple TV to your router

After completing the settings, connect your Apple TV to your router.

If you want to use the Ethernet connection, connect the Ethernet cable to your Apple TV with your router, then your Apple TV should be using the VPN.

If you want to use the WiFi connection, configure your Apple TV to connect to your WiFi network:

  1. Turn on your Apple TV.
  2. Go to your Apple TV Settings.

  3. Tap Network.

  4. Tap WiFi, then connect to the network you have created on your Windows computer.

Kindly note that you should log into your router control panel and change your VPN servers. And any devices connected to your router will connect to VPN as well.

If this method doesn’t work for you, don’t worry. There is something else to try.

 

Method 2: Set up VPN in your Windows computer

The alternative way to use VPN in your Apple TV is to set your Windows computer as a VPN router. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Configure settings in your Windows computer

First of all, you should configure the settings to allow your computer to be connected by your Apple TV.

  1. Turn on your Windows computer or laptop. 
  2. Open Control Panel, and click Network and Sharing Center.

  3. Click Change adapter settings.

  4. Right click on your current connection, and select Properties.

  5. Click the Sharing tab, and check the box next to Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection, and Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection. Then click OK.

Step 2: Set up VPN in your Windows computer

Now you can set up VPN in your Windows computer.

The most simple way is to download and install the VPN application in your computer, then connect to the VPN servers.

You can search on the Internet to find the VPN with good review and reasonable price. If you don’t have the time or patience, you can try NordVPN.

NordVPN can secure your Apple TV, set your location to any one of more than 60 countries where it has servers. And it’s easy and safe to use!

  1. Download and install NordVPN in your computer. YUou can get up to 75% discount.
  2. Run NordVPN and open it.
  3. Connect to a server in a chose location.

Test it and your computer should be using the VPN now.

Step 3: Connect your Apple TV and Windows computer

Now you can connect your Apple TV to your Windows computer and configure the Apple TV settings.

If your Windows computer is using the Ethernet/LAN connection, you can connect your Apple TV to your Windows using the Ethernet/LAN cable. 

If your Windows computer is using the WiFi connection, you can set up your Apple TV to connect to the WiFi in your computer:

  1. Turn on your Apple TV.
  2. Go to your Apple TV Settings.

  3. Tap Network.

  4. Tap WiFi, then connect to the network you have created on your Windows computer.

Now you should be able to use VPN in your Apple TV. Enjoy it!

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