Does PIA Support Port Forwarding?
Private Internet Access is one of very few VPN services to include a port forwarding feature on all devices. Port forwarding is allowed on almost all of its 17,087 servers (excluding servers in the US) – all of which are secured with AES-256 encryption.
You can turn this feature on and find the correct port number directly in the PIA app’s settings menu.
This feature isn’t without restrictions, though. For security reasons, PIA only permits one open port per server. To help maintain anonymity, the port number is randomly selected and changes every time you connect to the service.
This means you can’t manually select a port number to forward. If you want to port forward torrents though, PIA still includes everything you’ll need.
PIA also offers a set of port forward scripts. For the technically adept, these can be used to help automate your connection and port forwarding setup.
These scripts aren’t very accessible to those without a background in coding, though, and there aren’t any walkthroughs available, either. For this reason, this option isn’t particularly helpful for most PIA users.
Which PIA Servers Support Port Forwarding?
The majority of PIA’s servers support forwarding. There is one big exception, though: none of its 20 US server locations allow port forwarding.
Servers that don’t allow port forwarding are marked with a crossed-out backwards arrow, and they’re also grayed out on the server selection menu when you have port-forwarding enabled.
Users in the United States can still use PIA’s port forwarding feature, but only when connected to countries that allow port forwarding (e.g. Canada or Mexico).
Here’s a list of PIA server locations that support port forwarding:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom