Released on September 2, 2021
- Introduced Device Groups, a new feature that allows you to sort your devices into groups, each connected to a different VPN location.
- Made it easier to turn off Network Lock when the VPN or internet connection unexpectedly fails.
Read our release notes to know what was updated for older versions of the router firmware.
Why update the ExpressVPN firmware on your router?
Redesigned user interface with Device Groups
We recently introduced Device Groups, which lets you sort your router-connected devices into groups, which can be assigned to different VPN locations.
Easily change your devices’ VPN locations whenever you want, for whatever you need—a group for family or friends, one connected to your local area, or even a group to exclude from the VPN network.
Our new VPN protocol: Lightway
Only our more recent versions of ExpressVPN for routers come with Lightway, our groundbreaking protocol built to give you a faster, more reliable, more secure VPN experience.
Auto-updates now available
But you have to have the newer firmware versions of ExpressVPN. Starting from v2.7.0 (released March 8, 2021), automatic updates will be enabled by default. This means after updating to this version or newer, you don’t have to manually update your firmware anymore.
Regular bug fixes
For your security, it’s always important to update all your apps to the latest versions, as developers consistently identify vulnerabilities and patch them.
How to update the ExpressVPN firmware on your router
If you are using a firmware version that’s older than v2.7.0, you will have to manually update your firmware. (Thereafter, it will update automatically.) This is a five-minute process that involves first downloading the latest firmware to your computer or phone and then uploading it.
Here are the detailed instructions to update your router firmware.
Why use a VPN on your Wi-Fi router?
If you have ExpressVPN on your router, anything connected to the Wi-Fi will enjoy the protections of ExpressVPN—and there’s no limit to how many devices you can connect to your router. These include devices not normally compatible with VPNs or apps in general, such as game consoles, smart TVs, smart fridges, and any other IoT items.
If you want to stream a show or a film that’s censored in your country on your big-screen TV, for example, a VPN on your router can help you change your location and do that.
Once you’ve set up a VPN on your router, it’s easy to control. Just go to expressvpnrouter.com, and you’ll see an interface similar to the ones on our desktop and mobile apps. Here, you’ll be able to change your location and control which devices are connected to which VPN location.
How do I install a VPN on my home router?
There are three ways to download ExpressVPN onto your home’s Wi-Fi router:
- Check if your existing router is compatible with ExpressVPN. If so, you can install our firmware on your router.
- If it’s not, you can buy a compatible router and then install ExpressVPN on it.
- Or, buy a router with ExpressVPN pre-installed from our partner Flashrouters.
See our full installation guide here. We’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.