5 Best VPNs for PSP

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) first hit the world of mobile gaming back in 2005, and has since enjoyed a great deal of success in its various incarnations (most notably the PSP-2000 and PSP-3000, and more recently the PSP Go), becoming a beloved pocket companion for millions of users worldwide.

Although now being replaced by the PlayStation Vita, the PSP line has been so popular that pretty much every worthwhile game over the last few tears has enjoyed release on it, with games such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII really showing  what  a powerful and capable platform the PSP continues to be.

In addition to games, the PSP lets you browse the internet with its built in browser. This is great, but brings with it the same risks to your privacy that using the internet on any other device brings –governments around the world are giving themselves increasing powers to spy on every aspect of your internet use.

The best response to this intrusive behaviour is to use a VPN service, which protects your online anonymity by routing all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to a VPN server. As long as no records are kept at the server end, then it becomes almost imposable to trace your online activity.


There are two ways to route your PSP’s internet connection through a VPN: turn your computer into WiFi hotspot and share its VPN connection, or use a flashed router.

How to share VPN using WiFi (in Windows 7)

1. Click the start button and type ‘cmd’. In the results under ‘Programs’ you will see ‘cmd’ – right click on it and select’ Run as administrator’

2. At the command prompt type:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid= key=

Replace with a name of your choice, and with a strong password.

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3. Open the Network and Sharing Centre from the control panel, and click on ‘Change adapter settings’

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4. Find the network you just created, which will be labelled ‘Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter’. Rename it to something meaningful, then right-click on it and select ‘Properties’


5. Under the networking tab, un-tick everything except ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then click ‘OK’

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6. Back at Network Connections, right-click on your VPN connection and select ‘Properties’. Choose the ‘Sharing’ tab, tick the first box (as shown), and select your ‘hotspot network’ from the ‘Home networking connection’ dropdown list.

7. Create a desktop shortcut (right-click on Desktop -> New-> Shortcut) and type:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

into the ‘Type location of the item’ field.

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Click ‘Next’ and rename the shortcut something like ‘WiFi Hotspot start’ before Finishing.

8. Repeat step 7, but this tile type:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

and rename the Shortcut something like ‘WiFi Hotspot stop’.

And you are done! The shortcuts must be run as an administrator (right-click-> Run as administrator), but otherwise just run them to start and stop using your PC as WiFi hotspot which routes all connected devices through your VPN service.

Note that with VPN providers who supply their own dedicated VPN client, it will be necessary to manually install a connection for this to work (every VPN provider gives detailed instructions on how to do this).

How to share VPN using WiFi (in OSX)

Sharing a VPN connection in OSX is very easy as long as you connect to the VPN server using the OSX’s built- in VPN client (which limits you to the PPTP or SMTP protocols). It is possible to connect through OpenVPN, but this is a much more involved process. Guides for sharing an OpenVPN using the TunnelBlick and Viscosity clients are available by following the links provided.

1. In OSX open System Preferences (Apple icon at top right of the screen -> System Preferences) and click on ‘Sharing’

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2. a) Pull down the ‘Sharing your connection from’ menu and select your VPN connection. b) In the ‘To computers using’ box, check ‘USB Ethernet’. c) Check ‘Internet Sharing’, and a pop-up box will appear. Click ‘Start,’ and (d) ‘Internet Sharing: On’ will show green to let you know that everything is working ok.

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Using a flashed router to connect your PSP to a VPN

Some routers can be flashed with either DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, which allows them to be configured to use VPN. You can choose to either flash a compatible router yourself, or buy one pre-flashed and configured for a particular VPN service.

  • We have an article dedicated to choosing a good DD-WRT router, together with links for setting it up, available here
  • For Tomato, a full list of compatible routers can be found here, information on installing and configuring Tomato can be found here, and a guide to setting up OpenVPN can be found here.

DD-WRT and Tomato flashable routers can be picked up for as little as $40, and make a very convenient way to connect all your internet enable devices (including your PSP) via VPN.


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Editor’s Choice

Winner – ExpressVPN


Positives: Easy-to-use software, excellent speeds, good customer service

Negatives: Bit pricey, but worth it for the features

With apps across all platforms and a mobile clients that blows the competition away, ExpressVPN secures our vote as the Best VPN for PSP. The download speeds are impressive and the software is straightforward to use. We really love some of the features like automatic protocol selection and server location recommendations.

ExpressVPN boasts round-the-clock customer support and an ultra reliable VPN network spanning 78 countries and hundreds of servers. They are also adding new locations all the time. These guys have done a pretty awesome job in building what we believe to be the best VPN service out there.

The pricing is not the cheapest, but you do get what you pay for. ExpressVPN also offers unlimited bandwidth and supports your mobile device (Android/iOS) for no extra charge.

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2. AirVPN

Positives: No logs, accepts Bitcoin, transparent service, fast, excellent attitude to privacy, VPN though SSL and SSH tunnels, Tor over VPN, P2P: yes

Negatives: None

AirVPN only supports OpenVPN (which is no great loss as this is the best VPN protocol), and its client lacks fancy features. However, set up by internet activists and hacktivists following an Italian Pirate Party festival, AirVPN has a rock solid attitude to privacy (no logs, accepts Bitcoin payment, and is very proud of its conformity to various EU privacy directives and codes of best practice), uses super-strong 256-bit AES encryption, runs a ‘transparent’ network that lets you monitor its network in gloriously presented detail, and supports such things as VPN over Tor, and VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels. A guide is provided for setting up DD-WRT routers.

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3. CyberGhost

Positives: No logs, speedy, great free service, groovy VPN client, P2P: yes

Negatives: VPN client is Windows only (although OpenVPN setup guides are provided for other platforms), does not accept Bitcoin, no support for DD-WRT

CyberGhost runs a great service that stands out thanks to its very generous 30 day free trial, but which continues to be attractive thanks to the fact it keeps no logs, is fast, and has a great VPN client that features an ‘internet kill switch’. Unfortunately this OpenVPN only service provides no explicit support for DD-WRT or Tomato, but setting these up is not difficult to work out for yourself (see the links above).

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4. TorGuard

Positives: no logs, 256-bit AES encryption, accepts Bitcoins, very fast, UK servers, P2P: yes, Adroid app, pre-configured routers

Negatives: asks for too much information during registration, keeps that info for marketing reasons, some connection problems, no free trial, we’ve received reports of poor customer service

TorGuard is a provider that on paper looks almost perfect – it keeps no logs, accepts Bitcoin payments, uses 256-bit AES encryption, has an Android app and a great desktop client, and sells pre-configured DD-WRT routers. In our it also got the blazingly fast results –the best we have ever seen in fact! It is therefore a bit troublesome to hear complaints which also tie into some of our reservations when trying its service. We have head of bad DNS leakage from its servers, which may explain the strange connection problems we encountered when first using the service, and we have also heard of poor customer support which ties into our concern for the number of intrusive questions asked during sign-up (and which it is stated may be used for marketing purposes). Still, it is difficult to get away from the fact that TorGuard offers an extremely fast service that is fully featured, and takes anonymity seriously.

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5. ibVPN

Positives: cheap, no logs (but many caveats), accepts payments via Bitcoins, P2P: yes, pre-configured routers

Negatives: painfully slow on a regular basis, many caveats to ‘no logs’ claim

Despite initially favourable impressions, ibVPN is not a favourite of ours thanks to the slowness of its service in actual long-term use (although our results during the review period were very good). In addition to this, while we applaud ibVPN for being a ‘no logs’ service, we think that its definition of ‘no logs’ is a bit too wide for our tastes. Nevertheless, the fact that ibVPN sells its own range of pre-configured routers (as well as supplying tutorial guides for setting up OpenVPN and PPTP on DD-WRT routers), makes it promising choice for Kindle owners after hassle-free VPN.

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PSPs are great little gaming machines, and very handy for a spot of web surfing. If you want to protect your anonymity when browsing with one as you normally do with VPN, then with a little messing around, it is easy to do. The great thing about both methods outlined above (setting up a WiFi hotspot and using a flashed router) is that, once in place, all your internet enabled devices will be able to connect via VPN, including your PlayStation console, Xbox, tablets, phones, smart TV, and more.

And here’s the summary once more:


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