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This guide will show you how to restore the original firmware of a router running ExpressVPN. Before you start, make sure to download the router’s original firmware on the official Asus, Linksys, or Netgear websites.

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Restore the original firmware of a router running ExpressVPN (v2)
Restore the original firmware of a router running ExpressVPN (v1)


Restore the original firmware of a router running ExpressVPN (v2)

  1. Sign in to your router running ExpressVPN.
  2. Select Advanced Settings > Software Update.
    Click “Software Update.”
  3. Select Choose File.
    Select "Choose File."
  4. Select the router’s original firmware file you downloaded. Select Update Now.
    Select "Update Now."
  5. Your router will take some time to update its firmware. During this process, your devices will be disconnected from the router’s network.
  6. Connect to the router’s network using a LAN cable or Wi-Fi.
  7. Access your router’s default gateway to check if you restored its original firmware successfully.

“Invalid file. Upload again.”

If you see the “Invalid file. Upload again” message, you may have uploaded a firmware file that is not for your router model or with an incorrect file format. Make sure to download the right firmware file for your router model on the official Asus, Linksys, or Netgear websites.

The correct file format for different router’s firmwares are:

  • Asus: trx
  • Netgear: chk
  • Linksys: img

I’ve “bricked” my router

If you have “bricked” your router (it stops responding after because of a fault in the firmware resetting process), contact your router’s manufacturer for assistance.

If you are using a Linksys router, you can also try these steps:

  1. Turn on the router.
  2. Keep it on for six to ten seconds.
  3. Turn off the router.

Repeat this process three more times.

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

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Restore the original firmware of a router running ExpressVPN (v1)

Important: ExpressVPN for routers v1 has been discontinued and is no longer available for download. For the newest features and security upgrades, download the latest version of ExpressVPN for routers.

Go to the ExpressVPN router dashboard. Sign in with your router admin password.

In the left-side menu, select Backup / Flash Firmware.

system-flash

Under Flash new firmware image, uncheck the box for Keep settings.

uncheck keep settings box

Select Choose File and select the firmware.

click choose file

Select Flash image… > Proceed.

click on flash image

When prompted, select your preference on whether to keep your current configuration.

During the firmware upgrade process, your device will be disconnected from the router’s Wi-Fi. Select your router’s Wi-Fi to reconnect to the router again.

After the firmware has been upgraded, sign in with your router username and password.

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

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Go to the ExpressVPN router dashboard. Sign in with your router admin password.

In the top navigation bar, go to Administration. In the left-side menu, select Firmware Upgrade.

netgear administration

In the drop-down menu, select Reset to Default settings, then select Choose file to select the firmware file.

Important: Make sure you have downloaded the correct firmware for your router model..

select firmware

Select Upgrade > Proceed.

click proceed

While the firmware is being upgraded, select your preference when asked whether to keep your current configurations.

During the firmware upgrade process, your device will be disconnected from the router’s Wi-Fi. Select your router’s Wi-Fi to reconnect to the router again.

After the firmware has been upgraded, sign in with your router username and password.

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

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