How to Set Up & Install ExpressVPN on a Router

By Novak Bozovic / May 25, 2023

ExpressVPN works on a wide range of routers, protecting the source of your Internet connection and covering all your Web-connected devices at once. That said, you can install ExpressVPN on a router in 3 different ways.

You can set up ExpressVPN's app on a compatible router using the VPN's firmware (works on a limited number of routers), or you can manually configure a VPN connection (works on a much broader range of routers). Also, you can avoid having to manually set up ExpressVPN on a router by using Aircove, a router made by the VPN itself, shipping with its firmware preinstalled.


We also offer guides for individual router brands. Here's how to install ExpressVPN on a router made by Xiaomi, Huawei, TP-Link, D-Link, ASUS, Linksys, NETGEAR, Google WiFi, Sabai, Netduma R1, Netduma R2, DrayTek, Freebox, pfSense, Tomato, and DD-WRT.

How to Install ExpressVPN on Your Router

As said above, there are three methods to set up and use ExpressVPN for routers. Use the links found below to get to the installation guide that applies to your type of router:

Method #1: Set Up ExpressVPN on Aircove Router

ExpressVPN has designed its own router, available for purchase via Amazon. It comes with high-end specs, and, more importantly, ExpressVPN is already pre-installed. Called "Aircove," this router is the easiest method to run the VPN directly at the source of your connection.

Before you power on your Aircove and set it up, remember to subscribe to ExpressVPN first. Then, power on the device, connect it via its LAN port to your modem and then follow the on-screen instructions. This entire procedure should take more than a couple of minutes of your time - it's that quick and straightforward.

For more detailed steps, turn to our guide on how to set up ExpressVPN on Aircove.

Method #2: Set Up ExpressVPN on a Router via ExpressVPN’s Firmware

Brands like Linksys, ASUS, and Netgear offer routers that work with ExpressVPN's custom firmware. To connect ExpressVPN to a router this way, you need one of the following models.

Router Brand Supported Models
Linksys EA6200
WRT1900AC 13J1
WRT1900AC 13J2
ASUS RT-AC68U (up to v3)
Netgear R6300v2
R6700 v3
Nighthawk R7000
Nighthawk R7000P

And now, here's how to install ExpressVPN on a router made by Linksys, ASUS, and Netgear – if you plan to use ExpressVPN's firmware: 

1. Begin the procedure by signing up for ExpressVPN on your computer.

2. Finalize signing up on ExpressVPN's site. You'll get a confirmation mail once done.

3. Make sure you're on the home page of ExpressVPN's site. Click 'My Account.'

4. Access your ExpressVPN account using your email address and password. 

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

5. Select 'Set Up Other Devices.' A new window should open at this moment. 

6. Select 'Router' on the left. Pick "Manage Existing Router" on the right.

Manage Existing Router Tab on ExpressVPN Online Dashboard

7. On the right, select the model name/number of your router

Downloading ExpressVPN Firmware for Netgear

8. Click 'Download Firmware.' The file will now download to your computer. 

9. Use your Web browser to access your router's admin panel.

To access your router's admin panel, you need to know three things: its IP address, username, and password. If you don't know that information, you can check our list of default router IP addresses. And also, here's our list of default router usernames and passwords.

10. Find a prompt that lets you install custom firmware. On ASUS routers, go to Administration > Firmware Upgrade. On Linksys routers, go to Connectivity > Basic > Choose File. And, on Netgear routers, go to Advanced > Administration > Router Update.

Interface of Netgear Router Admin Panel

11. Upload and then install ExpressVPN's firmware on your router.

Uploading ExpressVPN Firmware on Netgear Router

12. When your router restarts, make sure to connect to it via Wi-Fi or LAN cable.

13. As soon as you connect, ExpressVPN's setup screen should appear. 

14. You can also go to to complete the setup

Keep a note of your Wi-Fi network name and password, as well as your router password. All of that is essential information that you'll need in the future. And, of course, don't forget to tinker with ExpressVPN's firmware and see what you can fine-tune.

Method #3: Set Up ExpressVPN on a Router via Manual Configuration 

Most routers aren't compatible with ExpressVPN's firmware. That said, most of you will need to install ExpressVPN on a router manually. That involves picking an individual server and then creating a connection to that server from your router.

So, here's how to use ExpressVPN on a router via manual configuration:

1. Make sure to begin by subscribing to ExpressVPN

2. Finish signing up on ExpressVPN's site. You'll get a confirmation mail once done. 

3. Return to ExpressVPN's home page. Click 'My Account.'

4. Provide your email address and password. You'll access your account's dashboard.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

5. Select 'Set Up Other Devices.' A new page should open.

6. On the left-hand side, pick 'Manual Configuration.'

ExpressVPN Online Dashboard View for OpenVPN Manual Configuration

7. Note your username and password, then download your OpenVPN configuration file.

8. Launch a new Web browser tab. Access your router's admin dashboard.

To access your router's admin dashboard, you need to know your router's IP address. Aside from that, you need its username and password (admin/admin in most cases). For more information, you can turn to Google based on your router's exact model name/number.

9. Once you access your router's dashboard, find VPN- or Internet-related options. For example, on D-Link routers, go to Settings > Internet. On TP-Link routers, go to Network > Internet. And on Huawei routers, go to Settings > VPN. 

Accessing Internet Settings on TP-Link Router

10. Now, input the required information by checking your ExpressVPN dashboard. You will also need to upload your freshly downloaded OVPN file.

11. Once done, click on 'Apply.' Check if you need to enable your VPN connection manually.

12. You can test your connection using

Final Thoughts

Out of the methods explained above, the easiest is to purchase ExpressVPN's Aircove router, as that's how you'll receive everything already prepared. Of course, you can install ExpressVPN on a router yourself; it just takes a bit more time. That's why ExpressVPN is our #1 recommendation for any type of router.

If you wish to learn how to set up ExpressVPN on more devices, make sure to use the provided link. Our central guide covers more than 60 devices supported by this ultra-capable VPN.


Does ExpressVPN Have a Router?

Yes, ExpressVPN has a router named Aircove. It's a high-end router that comes with the VPN preinstalled, so you can start using it out-of-the-box.

What Router Is Compatible with ExpressVPN?

ExpressVPN's app/firmware is compatible with select models from Linksys, ASUS, and NETGEAR. However, this VPN works with any VPN-ready router via manual configuration.

Can You Add ExpressVPN to Your Router?

Yes, you can add ExpressVPN to any router that supports VPN connections. You can choose between installing ExpressVPN's firmware or setting up the VPN manually.

Why Doesn't ExpressVPN Work on Your Router?

If ExpressVPN doesn't work on your router, you've most likely entered incorrect information. Re-check if you have the correct server address and whether your username and password are typed in correctly. If that doesn't help, contact ExpressVPN's support.

Can You Install ExpressVPN on Xfinity Router?

No, you can't install ExpressVPN directly on an Xfinity router. However, you can use a Wi-Fi router connected to your wireless gateway. In that case, ensure that "Bridge Mode" is enabled on your gateway.

That would be all about how to install ExpressVPN on a router. If you have any questions, let us know via the comments section below. Thank you for reading!

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