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How to Set Up and Use ExpressVPN on Tomato Router

By Novak Bozovic / July 6, 2023

You can set up ExpressVPN on a Tomato router using the OpenVPN protocol. We're talking about manual configuration here, which means you'll get to pick any VPN server location and instruct your router to create a secure tunnel to that server.

We'll also add that ExpressVPN has been tested on AdvancedTomato 3.5-140. However, any model from the official list of AdvancedTomato-supported routers should work fine.

The only requirement is to have the latest Tomato firmware already set up, meaning that you can jump into configuring the VPN instantly.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on a Tomato Router

To set up ExpressVPN on a Tomato router, you need to download and configure ExpressVPN's OVPN files. Here's how that is done:

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

2. Once you get your subscription, click "My Account" using the top-placed main menu on the ExpressVPN site. Provide your credentials to access your account dashboard.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

3. Navigate to Set Up Other Devices > Manual Configuration.

4. Make a note of your OpenVPN username and password. Then, pick a VPN server based on its location and download its OVPN file to your computer.

ExpressVPN Online Dashboard View for OpenVPN Manual Configuration

5. Now, access your router using its default IP address. Provide your router’s credentials (by default, these should be "root" and "admin"). 

6. Using the left-placed sidebar, navigate to VPN > OpenVPN Client

Editing OpenVPN Client on AdvancedTomato

7. Fill out the information in the "Basic" tab, as explained below. Once done, click "Save."

Adding ExpressVPN Parameters to Tomato Router

8. Click "Advanced" and use the information found just below (click "Save" once done):

Parameters for OpenVPN Confirmation of ExpressVPN
Editing Advanced Options for VPN on AdvancedTomato

9. Locate the "Keys" tab at the top. Open the OVPN file using a text editor. Check below how to find your keys, and then copy them into the appropriate fields.

Adding OpenVPN Keys Provided to ExpressVPN for Routers

10. You’ll now want to test your connection. At the top, make sure to pick "Status." Identify your VPN connection. Press the "Play" icon on the right-hand side. If everything goes correctly, you should see a note saying "Running" on the left. 

Running a VPN Client on Tomato Router
Note Saying that VPN is Running on AdvancedTomato

11. If you want to disconnect at any point, go to VPN > OpenVPN Client. Then, pick "Status" at the top. This time, click on the "Stop" icon on the right. 

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to set up ExpressVPN on your Tomato router. That said, all your devices will use your router's encrypted connection, letting you unblock websites and protect your privacy. Still, don't forget that ExpressVPN offers dedicated apps as well.

If you wish to protect yourself on the go, you need ExpressVPN's native apps. Here's how to set up ExpressVPN on all its supported devices (you'll find more than 60 different devices and platforms covered in that guide).

That would be all on how to set up and use ExpressVPN on a Tomato router. If you have any questions, let us know via the comments section below. Thanks for reading!



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