Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming increasingly popular as more people are beginning to realize the importance of taking measures to browse securely and protect their online privacy. There are numerous VPN apps on the market to ensure that your Internet connection is protected everywhere, whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

However, VPN apps specifically for PlayStation and Xbox devices have yet to be developed. But that is not to say that you cannot stream with your Xbox console using a VPN. In this article, we explain why you need to use a VPN with your Xbox One S and how exactly you can go about it.

Why you should use a VPN with your Xbox One S Console

Before we embark on the procedure for setting up a Wi-Fi on your gaming console, we need to first look into the reason why it is necessary to do so.

To begin with, using a VPN with your Xbox One S is likely to result in a marked reduction in the lag you experience while streaming a game. Needless to say, the extent of the reduction of lag in your connection depends on the location of the VPN server you’re connecting to and the quality of the VPN software you’re using.

A majority of VPNs connect users of gaming services through dedicated gaming and P2P servers that tunnel traffic via a ‘hot point’ located between data centers, which results in less lag on the users’ connection.

In addition to improving the overall gaming experience of users, VPNs make it possible for them to access and participate in games that are only available in selected locations. Strictly speaking, even if a game launches on the same date worldwide, it would first appear in gaming stores in Australia. For many users, waiting a few hours to play the game is unacceptable.

Also, important to note is that the right VPN can allow you to access Geo-restricted content from streaming services such as Netflix.

How to set up an Xbox One S VPN using your router

Setting up a VPN on your Wi-Fi router at home is the most straightforward method of setting up a VPN on your Xbox gaming console. You can use either one of these two methods.

The first method involves purchasing a more recent model of a Wi-Fi router, one with in-built support for VPN services. These can be obtained online from well-established VPN providers such as ExpressVPN. Even though this method might be quite pricey, it is still the easiest way of using a VPN on your Xbox One S and other devices in your home network.

If the price tag on the first method is too steep for you, you can go for option 2, which involves purchasing your own VPN package, obtaining the configuration details from the provider, and manually inputting them into your Wi-Fi router.

It’s not possible to provide a universal step-by-step guide on manually entering these configuration details because the steps vary from one VPN provider to another as well as from one Wi-Fi router brand to another. For specific instructions, refer to the manual that came with your Wi-Fi router.

Setting up a VPN for your Xbox One S through a Windows PC

If setting up a VPN for your gaming console through the Wi-Fi router in your home is not possible, another option is connecting your Xbox One S to your VPN using your Windows PC.

Before you embark on the following steps, ensure that you already have an Ethernet cable, your laptop or desktop PC, your Xbox One S gaming console, and an active subscription to your VPN service. To help you decide on the most suitable VPN service to use for your Xbox One S, read our VPN comparison reviews on the best VPN services for various purposes in 2018.

  • The procedure for setting up a VPN by using a PC is as follows:
  • Download a VPN client from a provider of your choice and install it on your Windows PC.
  • Plug an Ethernet cable into both your PC and Xbox One S.
  • On your computer, go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center. On the window’s left-hand side, tap Change Adaptor Settings.
  • Find the icon with your VPN’s name, right-click it, and click properties.
  • Go to the Sharing tab and ensure that you select the option that says “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”.
  • Finally, test the VPN connection using your Xbox One S.

If you find that your Xbox can access the Internet through the VPN, you’re good to go.

Setting up a VPN for your Xbox One S through MacOS

You can also connect your Xbox one S console with a VPN using your Mac, which is configured in a manner similar to a Windows PC. As in the case above, you need the following items: an Ethernet cable, a laptop or desktop running MacOS, an Xbox One S gaming console, and an active VPN service.

To find a good VPN service for MacOS, read our reviews at VPN Base on the same. The procedure for setting up an Xbox One S VPN through Mac is as follows:

  • Download your preferred Mac VPN client and install it on your Mac
  • Plug the Ethernet cable into your Mac and your Xbox One S
  • Go to System Preferences > Sharing. On the left of the window, select Internet Sharing from the displayed list
  • Select Wi-Fi from the drop-down labeled “Share your connection from”
  • From the list labeled “To computers using,” select Ethernet. In case you’re already using the Ethernet port on your Mac to connect to the Internet. Share the connection to your Xbox One S using Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure the “Internet Sharing” box is checked to allow a shared connection between your Xbox One S and Mac. When they are successfully connected, a green icon with be displayed.
  • Launch the VPN on your Mac and connect to your preferred server.
  • Finally, test the VPN connection using your Xbox One S.