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This tutorial will show you how to purchase, connect, and configure an ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter.

Note: You can purchase a plug-and-play DD-WRT FlashRouter, which is preconfigured with one of ExpressVPN’s servers. Or you can purchase an unconfigured DD-WRT FlashRouter and configure it yourself.

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Purchase an ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter
Connect your ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter at home
Configure your ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter with a VPN server
Optional (but highly recommended): Set the Static DNS on your router
Set DNSMasq options


Purchase an ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter

Go to the ExpressVPN section of FlashRouters.com.

Select a DD-WRT FlashRouter. Two of the DD-WRT models are highlighted in yellow below.

Select an ExpressVPN DD-WRT router.

On the router product page, select a Router Condition, Support Plan, and Warranty. All FlashRouters come with a 1-year warranty. You may select No Support Plan to save money on your purchase. You will still be able to use ExpressVPN’s Support services.

An ExpressVPN router product page on FlashRouters.com.

Click ADD TO CART, then click GO TO CART PAGE.

Take a moment to review your order. If you have a coupon code, enter it in the DISCOUNT CODES field. If you want to calculate an estimate of your shipping and tax, follow the steps under ESTIMATE SHIPPING AND TAX.

Once you’re ready, click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.

The FlashRouters.com shopping cart page.

Enter your Billing Information, Shipment Method, and any Order Comments you may have. If you forgot to enter a discount code on the previous page, you can enter it here. Click PLACE ORDER to complete the transaction.

Flor plug-and-play setups:

If you would like to have your VPN router preconfigured to any additional settings, enter your preferences in the ORDER COMMENTS box. You can also set the VPN username and password by filling in the accompanying fields.

If you would like your router to arrive already signed into your account, you must enter your ExpressVPN account ACTIVATION CODE below the comments box. You can find your activation code after signing in to your ExpressVPN account.

When you have finished filling everything out, click PLACE ORDER.

Click "PLACE ORDER" on the FlashRouters.com Checkout page.

Note: If you do not want your FlashRouter to come pre-configured with an ExpressVPN server on it, you can skip filling out the Order Comment. Detailed instructions for setting up a VPN server will be included in the box, or you can refer to the section below to learn how to configure your ExpressVPN FlashRouter with a VPN server.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Connect everything to your ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter

Once you receive your FlashRouter, connect it to your existing router with an Ethernet cable and switch it on. This will create a dual-router setup and will avoid any potential conflicts with your existing internet setup.

Now you can connect your computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, and more to the ExpressVPN FlashRouter and enjoy the benefits of ExpressVPN.

Connect with an Ethernet cable

Connect your device with an Ethernet cable.

Connect over the FlashRouter’s Wi-Fi network

Your FlashRouter came with a piece of paper with all of your FlashRouter Settings, including your wireless SSID and password. Use these credentials to connect any device to your FlashRouter.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Configure your ExpressVPN FlashRouter with a VPN server

This section will show you how to configure your FlashRouter with one of our VPN servers.

Use these instructions if:

  • your FlashRouter did not come preconfigured with one of our VPN servers.
  • you want to configure your FlashRouter with another VPN server.

You will need to download our .ovpn files to configure your router with a new VPN server.

Sign in to your ExpressVPN account.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Once you have clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices windows

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select the OpenVPN tab on the right. You will first see your username and password and then a list of OpenVPN configuration files.

Download and save the .ovpn file(s) or locations (e.g., Los Angeles, New York, etc.) that you wish to connect to.

Note: Please have your username and password ready, as you will be asked to enter them later in the setup process.

new openvpn manual configuration

In your browser, go to your router’s control panel by typing your Router IP Address in the address bar. The default address is 192.168.11.1.

In your router’s control panel, click on the Services tab, then click on the VPN tab. Enable the Start OpenVPN Client option. This will reveal the OpenVPN configuration panel where you will enter your settings.

enable the openvpn client on your dd-wrt flashrouter

Enter the settings as shown in the screenshot below, then click SaveApply Settings. Scroll down to learn how to find your Server IP/Name and Port.

openvpn client settings for dd wrt router

You can find your Server IP/Name and Port in the .ovpn config file you downloaded earlier. Open the .ovpn config file using any text editor. Copy any of the “remote” server cluster names listed in the config file, and paste it into the Server Address/Port field of the OpenVPN basic control panel. Do the same for the port.

copy the server address from the .ovpn config file

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Optional (but highly recommended): Set the Static DNS on your router

Now let’s set the Static DNS for your router. Under Setup > Basic Setup, find the section for Network Address Server Settings (DHCP). Set the Static DNS 1, Static DNS 2, and Static DNS 3 using any combination of the following:

Google DNS: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 (not recommended if Google is blocked where you are)
Neustar DNS Advantage: 156.154.70.1, 156.154.71.1
Level 3: 209.244.0.3, 209.244.0.4
Norton ConnectSafe: 199.85.126.10, 199.85.127.10

change the static DNS

Click Save > Apply Settings to connect your router to the new VPN server.

For any further details about using your DD-WRT router, please refer to the guide provided with your FlashRouter.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Set DNSMasq options

Under Services > Services, find the section for DNSMasq. In the field for Additional DNSMasq Options, enter the following:

dhcp-option=6, 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4, 199.85.126.10, 199.85.127.10

You can replace Google DNS with these other Public DNS addresses:

Google DNS: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4 (not recommended if Google is blocked where you are)
Neustar DNS Advantage: 156.154.70.1, 156.154.71.1
Level 3: 209.244.0.3, 209.244.0.4
Norton ConnectSafe: 199.85.126.10, 199.85.127.10

This will tell all devices connected to the router to use the specified list of DNS servers to ensure that all DNS goes through the VPN tunnel.

set dnsmasq

For any further details about using your DD-WRT router, please refer to the guide provided with your FlashRouter.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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