How To Use VPN On PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

In case you haven’t heard of VPNVirtual Private Network, it’s a set of specially configured servers that allow you to secure and hide your identity while browsing the Internet. But other than security and privacy factors; VPN can also be useful for gaming and streaming through a gaming console, like the Sony PlayStation.

For instance, the discount coupons and gift cards on the PlayStation store may only be applicable in a particular region or certain games may launch earlier in some countries. So, using a VPN, you can circumvent this geo restriction. Also, if you like watching Netflix, Youtube, Twitch, or other digital content through your PlayStation, the VPN will allow you to access region-restricted content easily. (Source: hongkiat)

So in this post, we’re going to talk about how to get your Playstation connected to a VPN. Here we will be using SurfShark VPN, and we will show you two different methods to set it up:

  • VPN on Playstation via router
  • VPN on Playstation via PC Hotspot

Note: If you don’t have a SurfShark account, click here to sign up for one.

Method 1 – Connect PS to VPN via Router

First, we are going to see how to set up VPN directly in your Router. This will allow any device, including your PlayStation, connected to this router to automatically connect to VPN so you don’t need to enable VPN on your device.

Before we get started, here are a few things you will need:

  1. Router’s IP Address,
  2. SurfShark Service Credentials,
  3. SurfShark server configuration file, and
  4. Compatible router.
1. Router’s IP address

In general, your router’s IP address could be 192.168.1.1, 192.168.100.1 or 10.0.0.1, but if that’s not the case, you can follow the instructions below to retrieve it.

Windows users (Method #1):

  1. Click the Search Icon on the bottom left, type “Command Prompt” and hit Enter.

windows search icon

  1. Type** ipconfig** in Command Prompt app and hit Enter.

ipconfig command prompt

  1. Your router’s IP address is displayed under “Default Gateway”. Note the IP address down for later use.

Windows users (Method #2):

  1. Click Search Icon on bottom left, type “Control Panel” and hit Enter.
  2. In the Control Panel windows. click “View network status and tasks” under “Network and Internet”.

network status and tasks

  1. Under “View your active networks”, look for Connections. Click on the Wi-Fi connection name (in blue text).

network sharing center

  1. In the “Wi-Fi Status” window, click “Details…“.

wifi status

  1. Inside the “Network Connection Details” window, you’ll find your router’s IP address beside “IPv4 Default Gateway”.

network connection details

  1. Note the IP address down for later use.

macOS users:

  1. Go to System Preference > Network.

macOS system preference window shown in the dark color scheme with the globe network icon highlighted

  1. Select the network you are currently connected to, then click**“Advanced…”** on the bottom right.

macOS network window shown in the dark color scheme with the Wifi section highlighted on the left

  1. Go to**“TCP/IP”** tab.

Wi-fi section on the network window showing sub-section navigation such as TCP/IP, DNS, and WINS

  1. You will find your router’s IP address beside “Router:”.

TCP/IP section on the network with the Router IP highlighted

  1. Note the IP address down for later use.
2. SurfShark Service Credentials

To retrieve your SurfShark service credentials, follow these steps:

  1. Login to SurfShark, then navigate to the Manual Setup > Router on SurfShark dashboard.
  2. Click on the Credentials tab. Here you will find your Username and Password.

Credential section in SurfShark VPN dashboard showing the username and password

3. SurfShark server configuration file

We also need the OpenVPN configuration file. Follow these instructions below to get one:

  1. Navigate to Manual Setup > Router on your SurfShark dashboard.
  2. Click**“Locations”** tab. Here’s a list of locations with the OpenVPN config you can download.

  1. Single click on the location you want to use.
  2. In the new pop up window, click**“Download TCP”** to download the desired location’s .ovpn file.

  1. Keep the downloaded .ovpn file easily accessible (i.e, on Desktop) for later use.
4. Compatible router

Last but not least, you will need a compatible router in order for this to work.

In this tutorial, we will be using an ASUS router as it has built-in support for OpenVPN in their firmware right out of the box (no need to install new firmware in the router).

Other compatible routers include:

Let’s get started…
  1. Type the IP address we retrieved earlier in the browser and hit Enter. You will be directed to the router’s admin interface. (In this case, we’re using an ASUS router, as seen below.)
  2. Login with your username and password. (If you have never configured your router before, the credentials should be admin/admin or admin without a password.)

Router login screen, showing two fields to input the username and password

  1. Upon logged in, click “VPN” under “Advanced Settings” on the left sidebar.

Router admin section with the VPN menu higlighted

  1. Click the “VPN Client” tab, then click**“Add profile”** button.

Router admin dashboard showing the VPN Client section on the VPN page

  1. Next, click navigate to the “OpenVPN” tab.

VPN popup window with fields to fill in the username, password, description and to import the OpenVPN configuration.

  1. Fill up Description, Username, Password, and then upload the .ovpn file. Description: Description of VPN profile (example: VPN – USA). Username & Password: SurfShark Service Credentials retrieved earlier. Import .ovpn file: SurfShark server configuration file downloaded earlier. Make sure all fields are correctly input, then click OK.
  2. Back at the "VPN Client" page, click Activate.

VPN table list with the button to activate

  1. Now, on your PlayStation game console, navigate to Network > Set Up Internet Connection.
  2. Select “Use Wi-Fi”, then select “Easy” on the next screen.

playstation set up connection

  1. Find, and then connect the newly created Wi-Fi network.

vpn wifi playstation

  1. That’s it! The Playstation should now be connected to your newly created SurfShark VPN.

surfshark vpn playstation

Method 2 – Connect PS to VPN via PC

In case, you don’t have a compatible router to install a VPN configuration, you can use your PC as a tunnel for your PlayStation to the VPN-enabled connection.

The only thing you need in order to proceed in this method is to download, and install the SurfShark VPN app.

Step 1: Navigate to TAP adapter settings

To begin, we are going to check the Windows TAP adapter. TAP adapter is a network driver that’s required for the VPN to establish a secure connection on your computer.

  1. Right-click the Wi-Fi icon on the bottom right of your screen, then click “Open Network & Internet settings”.

network settings

  1. Depending on your current computer connection to the Internet, go to either**“Wi-Fi”**or “Ethernet” section.

internet options

  1. Scroll down, find and click on “Change adapter options”.

adapter options

  1. In this new window, you should see the SurfShark TAP adapter along with other adapter as seen below, including one that we are currently using to connect to the Wi-Fi. Keep this open, proceed to the next step.

network adapter

Step 2: Enable Mobile Hotspot

We need to enable the mobile hotspot that will other device to connect to the Internet through our Windows PC.

  1. Right-click Wi-Fi icon again, then go to “Open Network & Internet settings”.

network settings

  1. Then, on the left sidebar, look for “Mobile hotspot”. Click on it.

mobile hotspot check

  1. Under “Share my Internet….”, click once to turn on Mobile hotspot. Your Network name and Network password will be displayed. (Note: You can change the network’s name or password by clicking Edit.)

mobile hotspot

Step 3: Configure the VPN adapter

Switch over to the previous Network Connections window that we’ve opened up in the initial steps to check the TAP adapter.

  1. You should see a new network adapter has appeared after Mobile Hotspot has been enabled. This adapter will be used to share the Internet connection from the PC.

network adapter

  1. Left-click once on “SurfShark TAP” adapter, then right-click and select the**“Properties”**.

surfshark adapter

  1. In the new window, go to the "Sharing" tab.
  2. Next, check “Allow other network users to connect….”. Then, under “Home networking connection:” add the exact name of the new network adapter for the Mobile hotspot.

shareing choose adapters

Step 4: Connect to the VPN

Finally, we are going to enable the VPN on our PC.

  1. Lauch the SurfShark app. Navigate to Settings > Advanced > Protocol, then select the OpenVPN (UDP) protocol.

udp protocols

  1. Connect to the VPN location. Generally, you’d want to connect to the fastest location SurfShark suggest.

surfshark servers

  1. That’s it! Now all devices connected to this mobile hotspot will be routed to the VPN.

Happy learning!

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