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How to Set Up and Use ExpressVPN on Netgear Router

By Novak Bozovic / July 6, 2023

You can set up ExpressVPN on a Netgear router using ExpressVPN's firmware. That means the VPN will replace your router's stock firmware, giving you the ability to connect to over 3,000+ VPN servers and protect your entire household at once.

However, ExpressVPN's firmware is limited to a handful of Netgear devices. More precisely, it works on the following models: Netgear R6300v2, R6400v2, R6700v3, Nighthawk R7000, and Nighthawk R7000P.

Also, installing third-party firmware (including the one supplied by ExpressVPN) might void your router’s warranty. So, make sure to go into the following process well-informed, knowing the risks of installing custom firmware on your device.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on a Netgear Router

To set up ExpressVPN on a supported Netgear router, you need to download and then install ExpressVPN's firmware. These are the steps you need to take:

1. Sign up for ExpressVPN using your computer and a Web browser.

2. Once you sign up, click "My Account" using the top-placed main menu on the ExpressVPN site. Access your ExpressVPN account dashboard by providing your credentials.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

3. Navigate to Set Up Other Devices > Router. Select your Netgear router model and click "Download Firmware" to save the file to your computer.

Downloading ExpressVPN Firmware for Netgear

4. Make sure that you’re connected to your router (via cable or Wi-Fi). Then, access its admin panel by entering "192.168.0.1" in your browser’s address bar. If the IP mentioned above doesn’t work, consult your Netgear router’s manual. 

Accessing Netgear Router Panel

5. Click on the "Advanced" tab at the top of your router’s admin panel interface. Then, select "Administration" on the left and pick "Router Update."

Interface of Netgear Router Admin Panel

6. On the right-hand side, click on the "Browse" button. Navigate to the ExpressVPN firmware that you downloaded moments ago. Then, click "Upload" and update your router. 

Uploading ExpressVPN Firmware on Netgear Router

7. Once your router restarts, connect to your router once again. You can do that via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. Your router’s Wi-Fi network will be reset, which means you’ll need to use its default password

8. Once you connect, you should be taken to www.expressvpnrouter.com. If you're not taken to the website mentioned above, visit that URL manually

9. You’ll now need to go through ExpressVPN’s setup. Click on "Get Started" to begin. Follow the on-screen prompts to finalize setting up ExpressVPN on your Netgear router. That's it!

Lastly, we have an additional tip. While setting up ExpressVPN on your Netgear router, you'll be asked to set your Wi-Fi network name and password, as well as the password of your router's admin panel. All of those are essential pieces of information, so store them somewhere safe. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, ExpressVPN has made it easy to install its firmware on Netgear routers. The only requirement is to have a supported model. In just a few minutes of your time, you can protect all your Web-connected devices and ensure all your family members are safe and sound online.

Don't forget that you can use ExpressVPN's native software as well, which is especially useful when you're on the go. So, here's how to set up ExpressVPN on all its supported devices - covering computers, phones, and more.

FAQ

Does ExpressVPN Work with Netgear?

Yes, ExpressVPN works with Netgear. It offers its own custom firmware so that you can fine-tune and review your VPN connection.

How Do I Connect ExpressVPN to My Netgear Router?

The easiest way to connect ExpressVPN to a Netgear router is via ExpressVPN's firmware. That means you'll replace Netgear's firmware with ExpressVPN's.

How Do I Use ExpressVPN on My Netgear Router?

You can use ExpressVPN on your Netgear router by accessing your dashboard using the following URL: www.expressvpnrouter.com (after installing ExpressVPN's firmware). That's how you can change a server, switch to another VPN protocol, and more.

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on a Netgear router. In case of any questions – make sure to post your comment just below. Lastly, thank you for reading!



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