How to use MediaStreamer on your Nintendo Switch

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Use this tutorial to learn how to set up your Nintendo Switch with MediaStreamer by changing your DNS settings. Note that changing DNS settings can enhance your streaming experience, but won’t offer you the full privacy protection of a VPN.

Note: some Nintendo Switch services don’t work unless you set your device region to the U.S. If you need assistance, contact the ExpressVPN Support Team.

MediaStreamer not working? To use the MediaStreamer DNS servers, you must sign in to your hostname provider and register your IP address with ExpressVPN. See the instructions below on how to do this.

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Get your DDNS hostname
Sign in to update your hostname
Get your DNS server IP address
Configure the DNS servers on your Nintendo Switch
Register your hostname to access MediaStreamer with DDNS


Get your DDNS hostname

Note: Dynu’s standard free service is perfectly sufficient for most users. You do not need to create more than the four free hostnames in order to use MediaStreamer.

Go to https://www.dynu.com and click Create Account.

create dynu account

Create your account to receive the account verification email from Dynu.

dynu account details

Open the link in the verification email then log in to your account on https://www.dynu.com and select DDNS Services.

select ddns services

Click on + Add to add a DDNS service.

add ddns

If you do not have a hostname already, enter your desired hostname in Option 1 and click + Add. This is the recommended option for users who are not familiar with domain names.

If you already have your own domain name, enter your domain name in Option 2 and click +Add.

create hostname

Once done, you will see your hostname and your current public IP. Uncheck both Wildcard Alias and Enable IPv6 Address and click Save.

save ddns

And that’s it! Your DDNS hostname is set up and ready to be used!

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Sign in to update your hostname

From your Switch’s web browser, sign in to your account on https://www.dynu.com. This will ensure that your IP is updated in order to use MediaStreamer.

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Get your DNS server IP address

To set up the MediaStreamer DNS server on your Nintendo Switch, you will need to obtain the DNS server IP address.

On a separate device, open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, sign in to your ExpressVPN account.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices windows

Select MediaStreamer on the left side of the screen. On the right, you will find the MediaStreamer DNS server IP address. Keep it on hand for setup.

configure mediastreamer ip

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Configure the DNS servers on your Nintendo Switch

On your Switch, go to System Settings.

switch system settings

Go to Internet > Internet Settings.

switch internet settings

Select the network you want to be connected to.

select switch network

Select Change Settings.

switch change settings

Go down to DNS Settings and select Manual.

switch manual ddns

Paste in the first IP address you copied from the ExpressVPN setup page and press OK.

enter switch dns

For Secondary DNS, enter the second IP address you copied from the ExpressVPN setup page and press OK.

Note: your Nintendo Switch might reformat the numbers so that each number between the periods is three digits—this is expected.

When you finish entering the IP addresses, click Save. Your Nintendo Switch will tell you the settings have been saved. Select OK.

switch save

Congratulations! MediaStreamer DNS has been set up on your Nintendo Switch!

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Register your hostname to access MediaStreamer with DDNS

In order to use the MediaStreamer smoothly, you must register your hostname on the ExpressVPN website. Follow these steps to register your hostname. You should have set one up a hostname previously.

Begin by signing into your ExpressVPN account.

sign in to your expressvpn account

After signing in, click DNS Settings in the top header bar.

The "DNS settings" tab of the ExpressVPN account dashboard.

Under Dynamic DNS Registration, enter the hostname you want to register and click Save Hostname.

enter hostname

After the process is completed, you will see an indication that the hostname has been updated.

hostname updated

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