Best VPNs for Hisense Smart TVs in 2021

Using a VPN alongside your Hisense Smart TV will allow you to unblock shed loads more streaming services, or access restricted content on streaming sites like Netflix.

In this guide, we'll go through exactly how a VPN can transform your home viewing experience and which ones are the best for a Hisense TV. 

 

Best VPNs for Hisense TV

Here's a quick look at our top picks for VPNs to pair with a Hisense TV. There's more information and analysis relating to these providers further down in the article to help you make your decision.

  1. ExpressVPN - The best VPN for your Hisense TV. Fast, reliable and router compatible. It also has a Smart DNS making it easy to set up on a TV.
  2. NordVPN - A lightning-quick provider that is great value for money. It's perfect for streaming shows from around the world.
  3. CyberGhost VPN - An easy to use VPN service that is a solid choice that has long been one of the go-to VPNs for routers.
  4. Private Internet Access - A great choice for Hisense Smart TV, with thousands of servers in the US and elsewhere.
  5. Surfshark - The cheapest VPN on our list. This service has surprisingly good speeds for its price, lots of features, and a Smart DNS.

Advantages of using a VPN on a  Hisense TV?

Even the best Smart TVs still can't help you access content that is blocked in your country, or content that's only available in specific parts of the world.

If you live in Australia, you're only granted access to Australia's Netflix library. You couldn't, for instance, watch shows from the US's far larger catalog. So, even if you have a great TV to watch it on, you'll be missing out unless you get yourself a VPN. VPNs mask your IP address by funneling all your traffic through private servers before they reach the internet. Sites like Netflix – which can determine which country you're in based on your IP address – can no longer pinpoint your true location.

By connecting through one of a provider's many servers around the world, you'll be able to unblock tonnes of movies and shows and unlock a whole new world of streaming opportunities for you, your family, and friends to enjoy. If you've splashed out on a piece of gear like a Hisense Smart TV, why not pay a couple of dollars a month to completely transform your spectrum of choice?

The best Hisense VPNs | In-depth analysis

We take a closer look at the best Hisense VPN services below. If you need more information about any of these services then check out our VPN reviews

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Hisense TVs. It continues to lead the way with its impressive service. It's a true all-rounder that can cater to all your streaming needs.

  • Pricing

    • 12 months + 3 months FREE + Backblaze backup: $6.67/mth
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    • 6 months: $9.99/mth
    • 1 month: $12.95/mth
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

ExpressVPN is our top pick for pairing with a Hisense Smart TV. It offers 160 different server locations to connect to in 94 countries, a huge, sprawling network that is ideal for unblocking endless lists of movies, TV shows, and games. The provider has great instructional articles available online that detail exactly how you set up ExpressVPN on the most popular routers available, so you'll be able to get your Hisense Smart TV and all your other devices connected without a hitch. 


ExpressVPN app on a Windows computer


ExpressVPN uses AES-256 bit encryption, equips its customers with a kill-switch, and handles all DNS requests directly. It was one of the first providers to switch to RAM-only servers too, which means nothing is ever written to hard disks and its 'no logs' claim can be trusted. What's more, the provider is one of many to offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, ensuring you can road test the service without incurring any permanent cost. 

NordVPN is a top-class provider thanks to amazing speeds, innovative security features and great malware blocker.

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    • Cyber Monday Special - 24 months: $3.29/mth
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    • 12 months: $4.92/mth
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    • 1 month: $11.95/mth
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

NordVPN has gone from strength to strength in recent times, combining some of the fastest speeds in the VPN game with robust security features to match. I'm personally a massive fan of its ad and malware blocker, CyberSec, which is really effective. NordVPN also has several security features you won't find elsewhere such as 'Onion over VPN', 'Double VPN', and 'NordLynx', the latter of which is a WireGuard-inspired custom protocol that's really good for streaming.


NordVPN app connected to a US server on Macbook Air


As you can probably guess, NordVPN is a great choice if you live in a region with Draconian censorship laws, for example, and you want to watch a banned movie or TV show on your Smart TV. But if you just want to unblock content from around the world and watch it on the big screen, it can do the trick too. NordVPN has over 5,000 servers worldwide and some of the most detailed router setup instructions provided by a VPN company. Take advantage of the provider's 30-day money-back guarantee so you'll have no regrets. 

CyberGhost VPN is a reliable, trustworthy VPN company that has a great server network that's perfect for streaming geo-blocked content.

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    • 6 months: $6.39/mth
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    • 1 month: $12.99/mth
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

CyberGhost VPN is a provider we've been talking about for a while here at ProPrivacy – they've been in the VPN game for 15 years now and we know we can trust its commitment to both keeping users safe and no activity logs. CyberGhost is, of course, router compatible and has provided a number of instruction pages and tutorials on their website for various types of firmware and router setup processes. They also have an excellent customer service line, ensuring someone will be there to help you out if you get stuck at any point.


CyberGhost VPN on a Macbook air


CyberGhost has been adding more and more servers to their fleet over the past few months, which now numbers over 7,000 worldwide dotted across 91 countries, which is one of the broadest spreads on the market. With so many nations covered, there will be a wealth of typically blocked content for you to get your teeth into. CyberGhost allows up to 7 simultaneous connections – which won't matter too much to you if you're loading it onto your router – but they also offer a 45-day money-back guarantee, which is the longest out of all the VPNs on this list. 

Private Internet Access (PIA) is one of the most reputable names in the VPN sphere and will keep your whole network secure whilst you stream.

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    • Black Friday Special - 36 months + 3 months FREE: $2/mth
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    • 26 months: $2.69/mth
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    • 12 months: $3.33/mth
      72% OFF
    • 1 month: $11.95/mth
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Private Internet Access has tens of thousands of servers in the USA which means it's a great choice if you want to unblock sought-after geo-restricted content that is exclusively shown there. Whenever I've used PIA, I've never had a problem unblocking content, and its speeds are good enough to be used for your router and it has instructions on how to install its software onto routers with different firmware. 


Private Internet Access on a Macbook Air


PIA is one of the only VPN companies to have had its no-logs claim proven in court – more than once, too – which is great news for those who worry about VPN companies not being true to their privacy policies. PIA offers up to 10 simultaneous connections and is also one of the cheapest providers on this list, so it's a good shout if you're on a budget. The provider offers a 30-day money-back guarantee too, which is great if you're someone who, like me, likes to test products out before they commit to subscriptions!

Surfshark is the cheapest VPN for Hisense. In comparison to the other providers on this list, quite new to the VPN scene, but has made a big impression thanks to it's speeds, security and cost.

  • Pricing

    • 24 months: $2.49/mth
      80% OFF
    • 6 months: $6.49/mth
      49% OFF
    • 1 month: $12.95/mth
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • macOS
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Linux
  • Unblocks

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark is always a top choice for streaming because of its speed, despite being half the price of some of the other providers on this list, it continues to mix it with the big boys of the VPN world when it comes to forging lightning-quick connections. The provider has servers in 65 countries at the moment, which isn't as impressive as providers like CyberGhost, but the likelihood is it'll have many of the countries you want to stream content from covered, such as the US, UK, Canada, and many, many more. 


Surfshark app on a Macbook Air


For your router, Surfshark is a safe bet. Not only does it provide great speeds, but it also has excellent security features such as Camoflauge Mode. This handy tool stops your internet service provider from being able to see you're using a VPN and will prevent them from bandwidth throttling you (slowing down your internet speeds), which can be particularly useful if you're planning on playing video games on your Hisense TV. After you download Surfshark and pay the first subscription fee, you have 30 days to decide whether you want a refund. 

Can I load a VPN straight onto my Smart TV?

Most Smart TVs – including ones made by Hisense – don't have native VPN support. This means you can't just download VPN software onto them like you can a laptop, or get an app like you can on your phone. However, there are a couple of ways around this, including:

  • Installing a VPN on your router rather than a device
  • Sharing your VPN connection with your Hisense TV

Later on in this article, I'll discuss these two options in greater depth and we'll try to work out which one works best for you. But first, we're going to take a closer look at the VPN providers listed above. In terms of a VPN for your Hisense Smart TV, the main priorities should be:

How to install a VPN on your router

If you want all the benefits of a VPN on a device that doesn't natively support one, as we mentioned above, one solution is to load a VPN onto your router. Advantages of having a VPN on your router include the fact that your entire network will be protected, and not just the singular devices you install the VPN on, manually.

The other advantage is that increases the overall amount of devices you can use a VPN on. Most VPN companies allow you to use the same account simultaneously on between 5-7 devices, whereas some allow for 10, like Private Internet Access. But uploading it to a router only counts as one connection – so you can connect more devices than you would otherwise. 

If you want to install a VPN on your router, the first question to ask is whether your router has the relevant firmware to support a VPN. Firmware is a type of software that assumes low-level control over the hardware components of a given device, usually so they work how the manufacturer intended them to. 

If you have the right firmware already installed...

If your router already has the relevant firmware, then great! All you have to do is load a VPN onto your router. Luckily, all the providers mentioned in this article have detailed instructions on how to load your VPN onto routers by brand or by firmware. NordVPN split it up by firmware type:

Router setup tutorials for routers

ExpressVPN, on the other hand, details specific instructions for installing their app on certain router models that are pre-installed with the right firmware: 

ExpressVPN setup guides for all support routers

If you don't have the right firmware installed...

You may have a router that currently houses inadequate firmware. This means you'll have to 'flash' your router – in other words, load the relevant firmware onto it. This is not the easiest process in the world and can lead to major router damage/corruption if not done properly. So, before flashing your router you should always do your homework. 

If you are set on giving this a go, the two types of firmware to have a look at are DD-WRT and Tomato. Something like OpenWRT is by no means a terrible choice, but it's slightly more complicated to set up. 

The steps you need to take to safely flash your router differ greatly depending on which router it is and which firmware you're using. It's crucially important that you make sure a) you have the right firmware for this task, and b) that you've got it all downloaded beforehand (it's just a file that will sit on your PC) so you don't have to stop in the middle of this tricky process. All routers and firmware require a slightly different setup process, so it's best to find instructions that are tailored to yours on the respective manufacturers' sites. Here's a basic outline:

  1. Download the relevant firmware onto your computer.
  2. Power up your router and insert the ethernet cable. 
  3. Connect the other end of the cable to your computer.
  4. Head over to your router's IP address
  5. Navigate to the 'Admin' panel of your router's interface. 
  6. Click on 'Router Upgrade' or similar from the menu. 
  7. Select 'Upload' and install the firmware on your computer. 
  8. Restart your router. 
  9. Set new login credentials for the new firmware. 

Buying a pre-flashed router

The other alternative is simply buying a router that comes pre-flashed with the right firmware for a VPN. Routers tend to have a lifespan of around four to five years before performance levels start to noticeably worsen, so there's every chance yours might be reaching the end of its life cycle, anyway. If so, it might be worth investing a bit more money to avoid a complicated setup process. 

Want a simpler option?

 

Check out FlashRouters – it has a great selection of reasonably priced pre-flashed routers, and you can also purchase them pre-installed with VPNs! FlashRouters has a great app too, making it much more simple to control and manage your router – it's well worth a look!

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Sharing your PC's VPN connection

The other way to experience the benefits of a VPN on your Hisense Smart TV is to share your PC's connection. You're likely to get a better connection if you do this with an ethernet cable, but it is possible to do so over Wi-Fi too. 

Sharing it with an ethernet cable (Windows)

  1. Log in to your chosen VPN service and connect to a server.
  2. Connect your PC to your Smart TV with an ethernet cable. 
  3. Open 'Network and Sharing Centre' from your computer's control panel. 
  4. Click on 'Change adapter settings
  5. Select your VPN connection (often labeled 'TAP-WIn32 Adaptor V9' or similar) > right-click > 'Properties'. 
  6. Select the 'Sharing' tab. 
  7. Tick the box next to 'Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection'. 
  8. Select 'Local Area Connection' from the drop-down menu. 
  9. Restart the TV and computer. 

Sharing it with an ethernet cable (Mac)

  1. Log in to your chosen VPN service on your Mac. 
  2. Connect your Mac to your Smart TV using an ethernet cable. 
  3. Click on the Apple icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. Go to 'System Preferences' > 'Sharing'. 
  5. Select your VPN connection in the 'Sharing your connection from' menu. 
  6. Tick 'USB Ethernet' in the 'Tom computers using' box. 
  7. Tick the 'Internet sharing' and then click 'Start' when the corresponding pop-up appears. 
  8. Reboot your Mac and Smart TV.

Sharing it via Wi-Fi

If you're interested, check out our guide on how to share your computer's VPN connection via Wi-Fi. The article also includes alternative ethernet cable setup instructions. 

Although this is definitely a feasible option, as mentioned previously, the connection may not be as stable as it would be if you were using an ethernet cable. 

Use a Smart DNS service on your Hisense Smart TV

There's one last way to bypass geo-restrictions, and that's by making use of a Smart DNS service. It might not have the privacy of a VPN, but if your only concern is unblocking TV shows and movies from around the world, then it shouldn't be a problem for you.

To cut a long story short, Smart DNS services essentially just give you an IP address from another country. Nowadays, several of the top VPN providers offer their subscribers access to a Smart DNS service. Providers that do this include: 

This means customers get the best of both worlds – a VPN and all the privacy that comes with it, but also a handy Smart DNS service. 

Can't I just use a free VPN with my Smart TV?

Free VPNs aren't all bad – there are some good ones out there. The problem is, so many of them have major pitfalls that can compromise your privacy and some don't even unblock anything useful. Some of the most well-known and widely downloaded VPNs available on platforms like the Google Play Store have been found to:

  • Sell your data to third parties
  • Exist without vital security features like kill-switches
  • Admit to keeping activity logs in their privacy policies
  • Be infested with malware and adware
  • Have a tendency to leak IP addresses
  • Not actually even be a VPN, but a proxy service

Ray Walsh, one of our writers, recently wrote a great article on the best free VPNs that details some of the free VPN providers you should avoid and why you should avoid them. It's as simple as this: if a company isn't pulling in money from subscriptions, you have to ask how it's still afloat. Free VPNs do not have the financial capital to keep up with the pack and don't have the same loyalty or obligations to those that download their software 

Hisense's 'Lucky Chip'

Hisense is currently running a marketing campaign for Euro 2021, making the amusing (and intentionally spurious) claim that all their TVs come pre-loaded with a 'Lucky Chip' that will bring your favorite team luck during the tournament. 

It's a funny idea – and one that is quickly followed by a disclaimer to avoid confusion – but the sad reality is, due to the rise of subscription TV prices around the world and how UEFA has sold the broadcasting rights to the tournament, not everyone will be lucky enough to watch Euro 2021. 

But we have a solution for those of you in this position – it's a VPN. We've already been through exactly how VPNs, work, but check out my article on how to watch Euro 2021 with a VPN safely, legally, and without incurring any permanent costs if you want to know how to watch all the games in high definition. 

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Final thoughts

Getting a VPN set up on your router for your Smart TV isn't the easiest process in the world but, once you know what you're doing, you'll be able to get yourself, up, running, and streaming in no time. Here's a quick reminder of the top providers mentioned in this article:

  1. ExpressVPN - The best VPN for your Hisense TV. Fast, reliable and router compatible. It also has a Smart DNS making it easy to set up on a TV.
  2. NordVPN - A lightning-quick provider that is great value for money. It's perfect for streaming shows from around the world.
  3. CyberGhost VPN - An easy to use VPN service that is a solid choice that has long been one of the go-to VPNs for routers.
  4. Private Internet Access - A great choice for Hisense Smart TV, with thousands of servers in the US and elsewhere.
  5. Surfshark - The cheapest VPN on our list. This service has surprisingly good speeds for its price, lots of features, and a Smart DNS.

Written by: Aaron Drapkin

After graduating with a philosophy degree from the University of Bristol in 2018, Aaron became a researcher at news digest magazine The Week following a year as editor of satirical website The Whip. Freelancing alongside these roles, his work has appeared in publications such as Vice, Metro, Tablet and New Internationalist, as well as The Week's online edition.

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