Can I use VirtualShield on my Roku device?

Roku streaming devices currently come with a few pre-installed apps. Roku regularly adds new ones, but unfortunately you can't install your own.

Alternatively, you can set it up on your PC or Mac computer and then connect to your Roku using an Ethernet cable.

Roku VPN Setup

Most Roku devices rely on WiFi, but the Roku Ultra also features an Ethernet port, so you can connect it directly to a computer or router by cable.

VirtualShield does not support installation on routers at this time. However, the alternative option is to connect to your PC or Mac computer first. That will allow you to share your computer's VPN connection with your Roku device.

Tip: You can also add VirtualShield to your Android phone or tablet, and then stream it to your Roku device via Chromecast.

Windows Instructions

Follow the instructions below to share the VPN connection on your Windows computer:

1
Log in and connect to the VirtualShield Windows application.

Note: For more help logging in and connecting, see our Getting Started: Windows App article.
2
Connect the Roku device to your Windows computer using a Crossover cable.

3
Open Windows Control Panel.

Tip: To open Control Panel, click your Start menu, then in the search box type control panel and press Enter.
4
Choose Network and Sharing Center, and click Change Adapter Settings.

5
Right-click the network named TAP-Windows Adapter V9, and select Properties from the pop-up menu:
6
Select the Sharing tab, then choose Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection:
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Below Home networking connection, choose the connection you want to share with your console.

Note: In most cases, this will be labeled Local Area Connection.
8
Click OK to save your Settings, and close the Connection Properties window.

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Next, open the Settings on the Roku menu and select Network:
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In the Network menu, select Wired (Ethernet), then choose Use a LAN Cable.

Tip: You can set up the Connection Method as Easy so that your Roku will automatically scan your Ethernet connection.
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When prompted, choose Do not use a Proxy Server.

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Finally, save/accept your Settings. That's it!
You’re now ready to use the VirtualShield connection on your Roku device.

Mac Instructions

Follow the instructions below to share the VPN connection on your Mac computer:

1
Log in and connect to the VirtualShield macOS application.

Note: For more help logging in and connecting, see our Getting Started: macOS App article.
2
Connect the Roku device to your Mac computer using a Crossover cable.

3
Open System Preferences.

Tip: To open System Preferences, click the Apple menu near the corner of your screen, then select System Preferences.
4
On the Sharing tab, select Internet Sharing:
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In the Share your connection from drop-down, select Ethernet or Wireless (depending on your internet connection).

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Beside To computers using, select Ethernet from the list of options.

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Select the checkbox in front of Internet Sharing.

Note: Once active, the icon will become green and the status will change to On.
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Next, open the Settings on the Roku menu and select Network:
9
In the Network menu, select Wired (Ethernet), then choose Use a LAN Cable.

Tip: You can set up the Connection Method as Easy so that your Roku will automatically scan your Ethernet connection.
10
When prompted, choose Do not use a Proxy Server.

11
Finally, save/accept your Settings. That's it!
You’re now ready to use the VirtualShield connection on your Roku device.

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