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. An ExpressVPN subscription, for example, lets you connect to VPN servers on up to five 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 five 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.)
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.
Aircove’s coverage spans across areas of up to 1,600 square feet of stable and speedy dual-band Wi-Fi.
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.
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Would be nice if Express VPN supported routers supporting WiFi6 (the “ax” standard). These are commonplace now, but Express VPN only supports older routers. Come on, Express VPN! How much longer do we have to wait till you support WiFi6? You can do better.
HELLO i been using expressVPN on my iPhone. Now I want my router protected with express vpn. Renting the Fios 1 gig router until now,,, I bought the Linksys 3200 acm from Best Buy. I installed it with a Ethernet cable provided by Verizon from ONT to Ethernet port on router. Then I used the Ethernet cable from 3200 to my iMac. Speeds are up 800 mbps. Problem is I lost all the info on my set top boxes and my On demand channel for Verizon. How do I get that to work with my 3200 router. Also how do I install the con router app to my router ?
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Had an annoying kid thinking he was funny by doing something, sadly, very easy as obtaining our IP through an Xbox party that my little brother was in and progressively sending DDOS attacks… Had to restart my router over and over constantly as Microsoft support wouldn’t do anything about it. This VPN actually saved me a headache and won’t allow this little troll to stress my network anymore.
VPN on your router is great for protection.
But: This disables Netflix or location dependent providers, when you don’t live in the country where your router’s VPN is connected to.
That means you have to connect two routers to your modem. One for Netflix without VPN and the rest through The ExpressVPN router.
I’m going to give the split tunnelling functionality a try to see if I can exclude my AppleTV from the VPN connection for Netflix. However, then I’ll need two AppleTV’s, as my home country content provider requires a VPN to make it believe I’m connected from that country.
Hi Gerhard, you can select which devices connect to the VPN, and which do not.
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Does this work in Australia with NBN?
Very informative articles. Was not aware of the Toronto one, although I do live in Canada and not that far away. I do have a router and was in the process of purchasing one compatible with ExVPN last week. I will wait for results of who were fortunate to win one. Hopefully, I’ll get lucky and be on the list. If not, ExVPN will definitely be my security provider
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Do you know if the current router from Deutsche Telekom (Speedport) can support ExpressVPN?
All these people commenting “sign me up for a free router” on this post instead of actually entering the drawing by clicking the link makes me wonder if these folks would really be able to figure out how to get ExpressVPN running on the router anyhow. If you can’t follow the instructions for entering the drawing, how are you going to follow the much more complex instructions for administering an open source router?
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If it works better than the on-again/off-again PC program, it’s worth a try…what’s it cost to operate?
Hi Jack, you just need a regular ExpressVPN subscription (and the router)!
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Since Installing the latest ExpressVPN app on my router is the simplest and most effective way to cover everything in my network with a VPN connection.
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How many years does this router get updates support?