My final blog discussed a use of VPNs on a Chromebook. As a Chromebook fan, we had to demeanour prolonged and tough to find a VPN provider that upheld Chromebooks. I’m not certain since this is. Chrome OS supports a dual many renouned VPN flavors: OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec (often referred to simply as L2TP).
One reason competence be simplicity. Some VPN providers try to make their use easy to use by providing their possess program that masks a complexity of a VPN connection. In a many impassioned cases, an finish user merely needs to click a symbol to connect.
This ease-of-use is not an choice on Chromebooks. My final blog showed how, with L2TP, a VPN user needs to enter 5 opposite equipment of information to get connected.
So, for a advantage of my associate Chromebook users who competence be meddlesome in regulating a VPN on their laptop, we did some research. The companies mentioned next were comparison randomly, do not take their inclusion as any form of endorsement. Also, nothing of a links are associate links.
14 VPN PROVIDERS THAT DO NOT SUPPORT CHROMEBOOKS
The following VPN providers do not support Chrome OS. The couple takes we to a page on their website that shows a handling systems they do support.
- Avast SecureLine
- Avira Phantom VPN
- F-Secure Freedome
- Private Tunnel
- VPN Unlimited
OVPN deserves a special discuss since in further to a common handling systems, they support a Raspberry Pi, a series of Linux distributions, 5 opposite router handling systems, and 4 opposite NAS systems. But not Chromebooks.
That said, Maximilian Holm of OVPN explained a company’s position
ChromeOS requires their possess .onc record to be used, that also requires a singular GUID to be entered. We do not feel gentle charity any pattern files with singly identifiable information, that is since all of a pattern files use a same keys opposite all users and platforms, something that ChromeOS unfortunately does not seem to support during a moment.
I should supplement that OVPN exclusively supports OpenVPN and a companies that do support Chrome OS, during slightest a ones we ran across, do so around L2TP.
A criticism done by IVPN also stood out. Their website answers a blazing question, Do we support Chromebook? with “At this time Google Chromebook has really singular VPN support.”
Why is this annoying? Because there is no approach to know when that judgment was written. IVPN didn’t worry putting a date on it. Support for VPNs has, no doubt, altered over a lifespan of Chrome OS. And a support can’t be all that limited, next are 9 VPN companies that do support Chrome OS.
10 VPN PROVIDERS SUPPORTING CHROMEBOOKS
The following 9 companies support Chrome OS natively. In any box a couple is not to their home page, rather it is possibly to Chromebook setup instructions or to a page that describes their Chromebook support.
- Private Internet Access
THREE GRAY AREAS
Mullvad is in a gray area. They told me that their use does work with Chromebooks though it is not strictly supported.
TunnelBear is also in a gray area, though a really opposite shade of gray. While they do not support Chrome OS directly, they do offer their VPN as a Chrome browser extension, that runs usually excellent on a Chromebook. When Leo Notenboom recently traveled with a Chromebook, Tunnelbear was his VPN provider.
UPDATE: Private Internet Access is in a same boat. Like TunnelBear, they do not support Chrome OS natively, though they do offer their VPN use as a Chrome browser prolongation that works on Chromebooks.
Finally, let me indicate out that any Wi-Fi device, including Chromebooks, can get a advantage of VPN insurance by joining to a VPN router.
The tenure “VPN router” is also gray, carrying mixed meanings. Initially it referred to a router that ran VPN server software.
Here, we use it to report routers that run VPN customer software. That is, rather than your computing device (computer/tablet/phone) creation a tie to a VPN provider, a router creates a connection. Afterwards, any device connected to that router, goes by a VPN hovel combined by a router.
Providing VPN insurance to inclination that can’t get it on their own, is usually one advantage of a VPN router. More on a subject later, hopefully.
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UPDATE: Apr 7, 2017. Moved Private Internet Access from a NO mainstay to a YES column. Although support is not listed here for Chrome OS, we stumbled opposite a new page on their site (just over a week old) that describes environment adult L2TP on Chrome OS.
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