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Chromecast with VPN: this is how you easily set it up

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Wesley Akkerman

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Having an Chromecast Fortunately, setting up with VPN is not too difficult. But it is useful if you know what you're getting into and what you're doing, of course. In this article we explain what you want to know.

De Chromecast We know it as a very handy device that allows us to transfer all kinds of content from one device to another cast. This works when both devices are connected to the same network.

A problem that many people run into is that some video streaming services, such as Netflix, Disney + of Amazon Prime Video, place content behind a geo-restriction.

This means that the offer differs per physical location. In the United States, for example, you look up to very different content Netflix than you can do in the Netherlands.

With a VPN, a virtual private network, solve that problem. You then set that you are supposedly in the United States. The service then thinks that you are there, so that you are presented with different content.

Unfortunately the Chromecast VPN not. At least you can't direct it at you Chromecast to install. But on your router. The VPN must be able to handle streaming services well.

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Chromecast VPN

Getting access to extra content or certain services at all (such as BBC iPlayer or Hulu) is already nice. But a VPN offers even more advantages. This improves your privacy, because servers no longer see where you come from exactly when you visit a site.

You will therefore no longer be tracked online. Even your internet provider can no longer see what you are up to online. You therefore better protect your data, since all traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel.

You can proceed in two ways. Unfortunately, we cannot explain how to set everything up properly for each VPN service, so we quote some general terms in the step-by-step plans below.


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Chromecast with Google TV: simple VPN installation

Do you have a Chromecast with Google TV, then you are lucky. It is then very easy to get one Chromecast VPN to use.

It is a version that has an 'interface', which you can operate with the supplied Chromecast remote control. This also immediately ensures that apps can be installed.

To a Chromecast VPN on this version, you can follow the steps below.

  • Start the Chromecast op
  • Choose a VPN provider: this is my favorite VPN for Chromecast
  • Go to the Play Store
  • Download the provider's app
  • Open the app and log in with the details
  • Select the right server (country for example) and you can get started

Do not you have Chromecast with Google TV, then it is a bit more complicated to use a VPN, but fortunately there are options.

Chromecast VPN: install on physical router

The first option available to you is to install a VPN service on your physical router. First find out what your router is and check which VPN services work directly on routers.

Then choose a VPN that can be installed directly on your router. Then follow the steps below – once again general – to get things up and running.

Install VPN on physical router
This is how you install a VPN on a physical router; a general manual.
Check your router and choose your VPN service.
You need to make sure your router supports VPN services and then choose a VPN that works with your router model. My preference is: NordVPN, but this depends on your router.
Log in to the VPN you want to use.
Then look up an installation guide on the provider's website that explains how to install that specific VPN on your router.
When the VPN service is installed, all the wrong goes through the encrypted tunnel.
This applies to all linked devices, including the Chromecast with VPN.
Connect to a server.
The service explains exactly how to connect to an external server.
Make sure the Chromecast installed correctly or do so.
We have one there comprehensive guide written about.
Log in to your streaming service of choice and see which content is (from now on) available.
It is also possible that you are missing content, because such a service does not have the same rights everywhere.

If you are unable to install a VPN on a physical router, then there is no need for help. You can also try to create a virtual router on your PC or Mac.


Chromecast with VPN: install on virtual router

Option two is therefore using a virtual router that you create on a computer with Windows or macOS on board. Then you don't have to install a VPN on your physical router.

First we look at the installation for Windows computers. In addition to a virtual network, you also create a VPN. How it works Chromecast with VPN immediately after installation.

? Virtual router: PC/laptop must be left on

To use this option, you must therefore leave the PC/laptop switched on, so that the virtual router is available. Perhaps not the most ideal option, but it works if you necessarily go through a Chromecast want to use VPN.

Install VPN on virtual router (windows)
This is how you install a virtual VPN on Windows.
Press the Windows key + S and search for cmd.
The first option on the screen is Command Prompt. Right click on it and select Run as administrator.
Then copy the text below.
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allowssid=NETWORKNAME key=PASSWORD
Enter your own details at NETWORK NAME and PASSWORD.
Make sure that this is not the same data as the other network in the house. So come up with something unique.
Now press Enter.
You will see three confirmations.
Copy the text below again and then press Enter.
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
You will see a confirmation.
The image now shows: The hosted network started.
Now right-click on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom right of the taskbar.
Select Open network and internet settings.
Click Change adapter options.
Then right-click on the virtual network you just created. Go to Characteristics and then to the sharing options.
Now place a check mark in the empty squares twice.
Also select a private network connection; the network you just created. Press OK.
Now open the Google Home app to Chromecast to install. You need to let him connect to this new network.
If you don't know (anymore) how to do that, then read this guide.
Follow the steps that appear on the screen.
This will only take you a few minutes, but after that you can start watching right away.

Finally, we will discuss the options you have as a user of a Mac with the macOS operating system. The options are similar, but are named slightly differently.

Install VPN on Virtual Router (macOS)
This is how you install a virtual VPN on macOS.
Go to the System Preferences and click Network.
Now click on the plus sign on the left side of the menu and select the option L2TP over IPSec. Also enter a name for the network Facility name.
The network is now listed on the left. Select it and adjust the settings.
Give next Configuration for example Standard and make sure the server address is correct. You get that address from the VPN service that you use. And then enter the account name of your subscription.
Select now Authentication settings.
Then enter your account password and shared secret. You can ignore the other options on the screen.
Press OK and go to Advanced settings.
Make sure you have the option here Send all traffic via VPN connection selects. Then click OK, Apply and Connect. You now have a VPN set up on your macOS.
Then it is now time to set up a virtual router.
Go to for this System Preferences and click Share. Choose below With computers using for Wi-Fi.
Click Wi-Fi options and name the virtual router.
You can also set a password. You can leave the channel unchanged. Now press OK and then click Internet sharing. This makes your virtual router visible to other devices.
Reset the Chromecast
Make sure you get the Chromecast reset, because you need to set up a new network.
Install the Chromecast with the newly created network
Install the Chromecast, then choose the newly created network.

To ensure that your VPN works with a virtual router, it is important that you first install the VPN service. We have therefore also drawn up the above step-by-step plan.

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Chromecast with VPN: finally

Now you know why it's useful to have one Chromecast with VPN and how to set it up via a router, Windows PC or macOS computer.

If during the installation of the Chromecast run into problems, then it can help him once to reset. Otherwise take us too overview of Chromecastguides by.

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