As I was saying, Surfshark does work with Roku.
However, there is a trick to it.
You will have to set it up manually.
Unlike other streaming devices, like the Amazon Firestick, Roku does not support native VPN apps.
Therefore, to stream Roku securely with Surfshark, you will have to use an alternative way of making these two work together.
Luckily, there are several ways to do it, so keep reading to learn more.
Surfshark Works With Roku Only If You Do This…
Surfshark supports most devices, even Firestick and Android Box.
However, on Roku, you can’t install a VPN natively, and the streaming player doesn’t have DNS functionality. That means you can’t change your DNS server to bypass geo-restrictions.
Hence, you are left with another slightly more complicated option.
Surfshark works with Roku only if you establish a VPN-protected hotspot.
One of the easiest and most convenient ways to do this is by setting up a VPN connection on your router.
Keep in mind that if you are outside US territory, and you want to access US geo-blocked content, you will need to change your location before you connect Roku on the VPN hotspot.
You can easily find a US zip code on the internet (most people prefer Californian zip codes), and set it up on your Roku account country settings. Once you do this, make sure to also connect on a US VPN server.
How to Setup Surfshark on Roku?
To set up Surfshark on Roku, you can try two alternatives.
But before you do that, make sure you’ve gone through the following steps:
- Go to Surfshark’s website.
- Choose a subscription plan.
- Create an account.
- Download Surfshark on your devices.
- Connect to a VPN server.
- To set it up on your router, see the instructions below.
- To create a VPN hotspot, see the instructions below.
- Open Roku and start streaming.
The Most Convenient Method: Use a Router
The easiest way to use Roku with Surfshark is to set up a VPN router connection.
In other words, you should install Surfshark on your home router.
That way, no matter which device you use at home, it will offer an encrypted VPN connection at all times. Including Roku.
First, check if your router is compatible with a VPN.
For those who lack the experience, you can always use your router manual to find all the information you need, including how to set up a VPN.
Or, you can also use a Surfshark tutorial.
In the off chance that your router is not compatible, you have two options – either install DD-WRT or Tomato firmware or buy a new router that’s compatible with VPNs.
Once you’ve set up Surfshark on your router, you can now connect and use all of your devices with a VPN, whether they support a native app or not.
There Is Another Way: Set up a VPN Hotspot
Another great way of securing Roku with Surfshark is to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot through your computer. You can do this on both Windows PC and macOS.
Since Surfshark is compatible with both Windows and macOS, you can set up the VPN on one of these devices, connect to one of Surfshark’s VPN servers, and then create a hotspot that you’ll use to stream content on Roku.
For more information on how to do this, you can check out Surfshark’s detailed guide.
I know it sounds a bit tedious, but setting up Surfshark to use it with Roku is not that difficult.
Plus once you do this, you will get a handful of benefits, including better online security or access to geo-restricted content, no matter where you are.
There you have it, using Surfshark with Roku is possible, and I recommend you give it a try.
I hope you liked this tutorial, and if you have any questions or you want to share your experience with us, don’t hesitate to live a comment below.