The Nintendo Switch is a console that does not provide VPN support by default. Thanks to the Shellfire Box, however, a Nintendo Switch user can still enjoy the benefits of VPN use.
In this article, we’ll explain exactly how this works, whether using a VPN on the Switch is legal or not, and why it may make sense to use your Switch with a VPN connection.
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When Is It Sensible to Use a VPN With the Nintendo Switch?
There are different reasons for wanting to use a VPN on the Nintendo Switch.
You may find yourself on a network without the appropriate NAT type to play in multiplayer mode. This, under some circumstances, is a common problem with the PlayStation 4 for example.
Or you may want to play against players who are in a different region from your home region. How would you like to play against Japanese or South Korean players, for example?
Or maybe you simply place a high value on privacy and security and therefore don’t want to connect to the Internet with an unsecured connection.
The possibilities for using a VPN client in connection with the switch are diverse. If you find the topic of VPN in gaming interesting, we recommend our article on this topic published some time ago.
How Do You Set Up a VPN Connection on the Nintendo Switch?
Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch does not offer a VPN connection at factory setting. With the Shellfire Box, you can still connect your switch to the Internet via a VPN, which is very fast and easy.
In the following video, we will explain how to set up a VPN connection for your Nintendo Switch using the Shellfire Box:
In a nutshell:
- Plug the power cable of the Shellfire Box into the power outlet.
- Connect the Shellfire Box and your router via LAN cable.
- Now connect your Nintendo Switch to the WLAN network of the Shellfire Box. From now on, the Nintendo Switch will automatically connect to the Internet via VPN.
You can change the location of the VPN server and carry out further configurations via a clearly laid-out web interface provided by the Shellfire Box. Shellfire currently has servers in 35+ countries.
Is Using a VPN on Nintendo Switch Allowed?
As is true of VPN use in general, the use of a VPN client in connection with the Nintendo Switch does not violate any applicable laws. Also, Nintendo—if online discussions are to be believed—does not seem to take action against users who connect their Nintendo Switch to the Internet via VPN tunnels.
By the same token, we advise you to take the same precautions in connection with the Nintendo Switch as you would with VPN for Steam. If possible, do not use your VPN connection to get cheaper prices for games or to harm other players. In all other cases, even if Nintendo takes action against VPN users in the future, they most likely turn a blind eye. However, we cannot guarantee this.
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