VPN for PS Vita
PS Vita is a hand held gaming console from Sony having 3G features. It can be also used as a controller for playing games on Sony Playstation. With 3G feature, you can use the PS Vita to connect to your friends on social networks or download games from the Internet using 3G services. The gaming console can connect to other Playstation devices. The PS Vita also has inbuilt support for Wi-Fi.
A VPN service offers several benefits to businesses, individuals and gamers. The biggest advantage is unrestricted access to different media portals those are not accessible through your regular Internet connection due to geographical restrictions. The second benefit of using VPN is security. The VPN framework involves creation of a secure tunnel for online communication when you access the Internet. A VPN connection ensures that no one is able to view you real IP address and no one is able to access data that is sent or received by your Internet connected device during an Internet session using VPN.
You can easily configure your PS Vita to use VPN connection through your laptop. All you need to do is set up VPN on your laptop and then connect your PS Vita to your laptop to enjoy the benefits and security offered by VPN. To setup VPN connection on your PS Vita you will need following things
- A VPN service
- A laptop with wireless network adapter and free USB port
- Wireless Internet connection(through a router or ISP provider)
- A USB Wireless adapter
Since the PS Vita does not have an Ethernet Jack, you will be required to use a USB Wireless adapter to establish connection between PS Vita and laptop to share an Internet connection.
- Note: It is assumed you already have a Wi-Fi Internet Connection set in your laptop before proceeding with the steps. If not, set up a Wi-Fi Internet connection before proceeding.
Steps to setup VPN connection on PS Vita:
You need to proceed with the steps given below only after you have setup a PPTP VPN connection on your laptop and ensured your PS3 has Network Connections enabled.
Locate an empty USB port in your laptop. Plug-in the USB cable of the Wi-Fi adapter in your laptop. Windows 7 will automatically recognize the new piece of hardware and prompt you to install it. Insert the setup CD supplied with USB wireless adapter in your laptop CD drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the USB wireless adapter. If needed reboot the system. You need to bridge the connections in order to share the Internet connection.
Steps to bridge the connections:
- Click on the circular button with Windows logs in the task bar
- Go to Control Panel
- In the next window, click on “Network and Internet”
- In the next window, click on “Network and Sharing center”
- In the next window, click on “Change adapter settings”
- In the next window, you will see two network connections; select both network connections, right click and select “Bridge connections” from the menu.
Once you have installed the USB wireless adapter and bridged the connections, you need to create an ad-hoc wireless network to share your wireless Internet connection from your laptop.
Steps to create ad-hoc wireless network in Windows 7:
- Click on the circular button with Windows logo in the task bar
- Type “Wireless” in the search box, select “Manage Wireless Networks” from the list
- Click on “Add” to add a wireless network
- In the next window, click on “Create an ad hoc network”
- A window explaining what a window ad hoc network pops up, click on Next
- In the next window, give a network name. (Note: you can give any name to your network. We will name it USB PS Vita.)
- In Security Type, select No Authentication(Open)
- Leave the Security Key field blank.
- Wait while Windows 7 creates the network.
- You will see a wireless network icon in the left hand side corner of the desktop which displays USB PS Vita.
You need to also enable Internet connection sharing in your Windows 7. Follow the steps given below to enable ICS in Windows 7
- Click on VPN connection you have created
- Click on Properties
- Click on Sharing Tab
- Select “Allow other network users to connect through this computers internet connection”
- Under the Home Networking Connection, select Local Area Connection from the drop down menu.
Note: Ensure the options “Establish a dial up connection” and “Allow other network users to control” is unmarked
- Make sure Establish a dial up connection is not marked and Allow other network users to control is unmarked
Switch on your PS Vita.
- On your PS Vita, using the directional buttons, go to Settings-> Network Settings
- Click on Continue that opens the Wi-Fi Settings screen
- Under the Access points, look for the ad hoc network (USB PS Vita) created on your laptop.
- Click on USB PS Vita
- Click on Connect
- You can see your PS Vita will try to establish a Wi-Fi connection with the access point.