A VPN on your router protects all your home devices

Yes, even your smart fridge
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If you’re already using a VPN, you’ll know it comes with many benefits, from keeping your online activity private to helping you stream all your favorite content and gain unrestricted access to the internet.

But even VPN apps have their limits. They can be installed on numerous devices, like desktops and mobile phones, but not on certain smart appliances and gadgets, such as smart fridges, security cameras, and some smart TVs. These items are often left vulnerable to hackers and snoops.

VPN services will also typically limit the number of simultaneous connections you can make with one account. A 6- or 12-month ExpressVPN subscription, for example, lets you connect to VPN servers on up to eight devices at once, which is plenty for most people, but there may be times when you’d like to connect more.

The good news? You can remove both of these limitations in one move—by setting up ExpressVPN on your router or using Aircove: ExpressVPN’s Wi-Fi 6 router with built-in VPN. There are no downsides.

Read more: ExpressVPN launches Aircove, a Wi-Fi 6 router with built-in VPN

Benefits of installing ExpressVPN on your existing router

Installing ExpressVPN on your router is the simplest and most effective way to cover everything in your network with a VPN connection. Here are some of the best things about using a router with ExpressVPN:

It protects all your smart devices

That includes ones that can’t run a VPN app directly, like your gaming consoles, certain smart TVs, and home appliances. If you have more than eight devices on your home network, your router can protect all of them while only counting as one VPN connection. Bonus: Any guests who connect to your router will automatically be protected without needing the ExpressVPN app on their devices.

It’s easy to use

No need to open up your terminal or stress over different options and settings. Once you’ve set up ExpressVPN on your router, or purchased a router preconfigured with ExpressVPN, you only have to handle the interface through your browser—it’s intuitive, unintimidating, and as simple as joining a Wi-Fi network. (Find out if your router is compatible and how to get one that is.)

ExpressVPN router interface with location selection.

It’s customizable to your needs

A VPN router connects all your devices to ExpressVPN automatically, but what if you want your smart TV connected to the U.S. while your laptop connects to Australia? Or, maybe you want your desktop connected to the router but without a VPN. Thanks to Device Groups, a feature available only on ExpressVPN for routers, you get to create groups—up to five of them—for your devices, with each group connected to a specific VPN location. Create one group for family or friends, another group connected to a permanent location, or even a group to exclude from the VPN network. All this is done on a browser on your phone or computer.

Benefits of using ExpressVPN’s Aircove router

In addition to the benefits listed above, Aircove provides the following advantages:

You’ll be protected in minutes

Setting up and activating Aircove is a breeze. With ExpressVPN already pre-installed, you don’t have to worry about downloading or configuring any apps on the router.

Wide coverage

Aircove’s coverage spans across areas of up to 1,600 square feet of stable and speedy dual-band Wi-Fi. 

Exceptional speed

Aircove uses the Wi-Fi 6 standard which can deliver speeds of up to 600 Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1,200 Mbps for 5 GHz. Even when connected to VPN, multiple devices can comfortably stream in 4K HD.

Note: An active ExpressVPN subscription is required to use VPN functionality.

Stay connected and protected in the comfort of your home

With more of us working at home or even remotely, keeping your devices secure at home shouldn’t have to be a chore, and it doesn’t have to be. Installing ExpressVPN on your router or getting ExpressVPN Aircove to protect all your devices is the smartest thing you can do for your smart devices.

Buy ExpressVPN Aircove on Amazon U.S. or on FlashRouters.

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