Are you looking for a guide on how to set up a VPN connection on your NVIDIA Shield? Look no further. We will show you how to use a virtual private network on your device to ensure your internet traffic leaves your network safely and encrypted.
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Why Use NVIDIA Shield with VPN?
Using a secure and trustworthy VPN service provides you with online security and more anonymity. This is because it establishes an encrypted connection to the VPN server, and in the process, hides your IP address. Therefore, there is no direct connection between you and the server to which you are making a request.As a result, your internet service provider or intelligence agencies cannot intercept your internet traffic.
Another advantage of using a VPN service on your NVIDIA Shield is the ability to bypass geoblocking. This means you can watch shows on your NVIDIA Shield that are blocked in your country, as long as the VPN server is located in the right country.
By connecting to the VPN server in the desired country, you can stream all videos, even if they are blocked in your country.
With a VPN connection on your NVIDIA Shield, you can pretend to be in the country where the VPN server is located. A VPN provider with many server locations is, therefore, beneficial if you want to stream many blocked videos in different countries.
How to Set Up a VPN for NVIDIA Shield?
There are essentially two ways to set up a VPN on your NVIDIA Shield. Firstly, you can use a Shellfire Box that can be used as a VPN router. The advantage of this box is that you can secure all your devices with a single device at the same time.
If you don’t want to buy additional hardware, you can also download and install an app from the Google Play Store and set up a VPN client directly on the NVIDIA Shield.
Option 1: Shellfire Box
In the video below, you can see how to set up and use the Shellfire Box:
Setting up a Shellfire Box is easier than with conventional VPN routers and can be done by non-technical people in just a few minutes.
First, connect the box to a power source via USB. Then, connect the Shellfire Box to your internet router using a LAN cable. Now, you can connect your NVIDIA Shield to the Shellfire Box via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable.
To connect to the Shellfire Box via Wi-Fi, open the Wi-Fi settings on your device, select the Shellfire Box access point, and enter the password.
Option 2: Using Google Play Store
Another option to set up a VPN on your NVIDIA Shield is to use a VPN client that you can download from the Google Play Store. You can find generic or specific clients available for your VPN service. One of the most popular open-source clients is OpenVPN, and we will show you an example of how to set it up here.
To start, you need to install the app “OpenVPN Connect” from the Google Play Store on your NVIDIA Shield. You can find the app by following this link: OpenVPN Connect. Once the app is installed, open it, and create a new profile by going to “Import Profile” in the main menu.
In the case of OpenVPN, this file should have the extension .ovpn. Once you have selected the configuration file, you can enter and save the username and password for the VPN connection. Finally, click on the “Connect” button, and you can establish a connection to the VPN server.
OpenVPN also has a widget that you can add to your desktop. To do this, open the app menu and tap on “Widgets”. Search for the OpenVPN widget, drag it to the desktop, and select the profile you created earlier. You can now establish a VPN connection by simply tapping the widget on your desktop. When you make the first connection, you need to check “I trust this application” and then tap OK.
FAQs on NVIDIA Shield and VPN
Is it legal to use NVIDIA Shield with VPN?
Does the Shellfire Box create log files?
No connection logs are kept by Shellfire.
Am I really anonymous when using a VPN on my NVIDIA Shield?
The security of your data is in the hands of the VPN services. There are VPN providers that keep logs and those that claim they do not keep logs. While using a VPN on your NVIDIA Shield can protect you from being spied on and eavesdropped on, the security of your data depends on how trustworthy the chosen VPN service is.
Using a VPN on your NVIDIA Shield has several advantages. Firstly, it provides greater security and anonymity on the internet, as long as you rely on trustworthy VPN providers. With a VPN, you and your data cannot be easily spied on after your data packets pass through an encrypted channel.
Additionally, a VPN connection on your NVIDIA Shield is useful for bypassing geoblocking. Setting up a VPN connection on the NVIDIA Shield is not difficult. With a little technical skill, even beginners can do it easily.
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