With a VPN connection for your Chromecast you have the big advantage that you can view geographically blocked content via the Chromecast. However, connecting to a VPN server with a Chromecast works differently from other devices such as smartphones and laptops. It is not possible to install VPN client software directly on a Chromecast, but in order to be able to use a VPN connection you will need to ensure that your Chromecast uses a network that already connects to the Internet via a VPN server. For example, a router or virtual router that connects to a VPN server. This page shows you how to do this easily. You can also see which VPN's we think are the most suitable to use in combination with your Chromecast.
Best VPNs for Chromecast
When choosing the right VPN for your Google Chromecast it is important that you pay attention to a number of things. Because you will mainly be casting videos via the Chromecast it is very important that the connections are fast. There is almost nothing as annoying as waiting for your video to load properly or waiting for intermediate buffering. In addition, you will need to make sure that the VPN service you select has servers in the countries you want to view geographically blocked content from. When you also want to cast videos via Popcorn Time to your Chromecast you will need to select a VPN provider where torrent traffic is allowed. Some VPN providers block (on some servers) torrent traffic. If this is the case you will not be able to cast Popcorn Time and we have listed below the VPN services that we think are most suitable for use with Chromecast. The services below have fast and stable connections, many servers around the world and allow torrent traffic .
ExpressVPN has many server locations all over the world. This has the advantage that you can unlock content from many different countries. In addition, the connections are very fast and stable, which is of course very important if you want to stream videos via the Chromecast. In addition, ExpressVPN comes as the best choice from the VPN tests and has a clear explanation on the website about how a router can be set up as a VPN client. This is one of the methods to let your Chromevast use the internet over a VPN connection. Visit ExpressVPN action: 3 months free with an annual subscription to ExpressVPN! *Only valid via the links on our website. When you order an annual subscription, you will see this promotion on the ExpressVPN website.
Another suitable VPN service for Chromecast is NordVPN. This service is cheaper than ExpressVPN but also offers a very good service. They also have numerous servers all over the world and the connections with them are really good. The speeds of VPN connections of NordVPN are also fine. Streaming videos via a VPN server of NordVPN is no problem. We did not experience any buffering during the casting of content to the Chromecast via a VPN connection. For an overview of the different services we would like to refer you to our page with all VPN providers we have tested.
Why a Chromecast about VPN
There are several reasons why you want your Chromecast to connect to a VPN connection. The 2 most important reasons are listed below.
Bypassing geographical blockades
For example, with a VPN connection it is possible to bypass geographical blockages via your Chromecast. You give the service from which you want to view content the impression that you are in another country so that you can view the content from that country on your Chromecast. This makes it possible, for example, to watch Dutch TV abroad, receive the American Netflix in the Netherlands, watch missed broadcasts abroad, cast BBC iPlayer via the Chromecast and unlock other services. Especially watching foreign versions of Netflix is a common reason for using a VPN with Chromecast. Please note that Netflix tries to block VPN services. It is therefore possible that you will not be able to access Netflix with a VPN. This is often solved in no time by using a new ip address.
Preventing Download Fines Popcorn Time
Popcorn Time is widely used to stream videos and series via the Chromecast. Recently, Dutch Filmworks and Brein only want to hand out fines to people who watch via Popcorn Time. When you cast your Chromecast over a VPN connection content with Popcorn Time, your IP address is hidden. Then it is impossible to receive a fine from the above mentioned parties.
Setting up VPN connection methods to Chromecast
As said, it is impossible to set up a VPN connection directly in the Chromecast. The device has no possibility to connect directly to a VPN server. It is therefore necessary to connect to a VPN server in a different way by using your Chromecast.