Smart DNS works like a “lite” version of PIA’s VPN apps — letting you change your location to anywhere in the world, but without rerouting your traffic through the VPN or impacting your connection speeds.
Change your virtual location to access your favorite region-specific content at home or on the go. Set up your smart TV’s DNS for the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, and Germany.
Follow our simple Smart DNS setup instructions to use PIA VPN on your smart devices. With Smart DNS, you can change your virtual location directly on any Smart TV or related streaming device.
To begin, log into your PIA control panel, and navigate to “Smart DNS Tab”, then "Add New Device".
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PIA enables you to configure custom Smart DNS settings on any of your smart devices like Apple TV, Roku TV, Chromecast, and other smart TVs and smart home devices. By doing so, you can change your device’s IP address and access region-specific content. This is particularly useful for smart devices that don’t have dedicated PIA VPN apps, like smart TVs and gaming consoles.
Smart DNS settings help you change your virtual location on devices that don’t support native PIA VPN apps. When you create a custom Smart DNS setting configuration for your specific device, you’ll be asked to choose which location you want that device to appear like it’s connecting from. By changing the DNS settings, your virtual location is changed, but your internet traffic is not routed through a VPN server for extra encryption or IP masking. What this means is that your connection data will still be visible to your ISP or network administrator, but the overall connection speeds will be much faster than a normal VPN.
First, log into your PIA user account using your desktop or mobile device and navigate to “Smart DNS Settings.” From there, choose which type of device you want to set up Smart DNS settings for. Then, choose a geographic location for that device. With this information, we’ll generate a custom DNS IP address for you to use with your specific device. Once you have that DNS IP address, follow our simple Smart DNS setup instructions for directions to configure your device to use those settings. You can configure Smart DNS settings on up to 10 devices.
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