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This tutorial will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on Netgear routers.
ExpressVPN is supported on the following Netgear router models:
- Netgear R6300v2
- Netgear R6400v2
- Netgear R6700v3
- Netgear Nighthawk R7000
- Netgear Nighthawk R7000P
If you bought a preconfigured router from Flashrouters, proceed directly to completing the setup on the router.
1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware
Download the firmware on the ExpressVPN website. From the dropdown menu, select the model of your Netgear router.
Select Download Firmware.
Keep this browser window open. You will need the activation code for the setup later.
2. Connect your Netgear router to the internet
Before you proceed, make sure to:
- Turn on your Netgear router.
- Connect the Netgear router to the internet (via a modem or an existing router).
- Connect your device to the Netgear router (via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable).
If you are installing the ExpressVPN firmware on an existing router that has already completed the initial network setup: Proceed to installing the ExpressVPN firmware.
If you are installing the ExpressVPN firmware on a new router that has not completed the initial network setup:
- In your web browser’s address bar, enter 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, or routerlogin.net.
- Complete the initial network setup by following the on-screen instructions.
- Proceed to install the ExpressVPN firmware.
3. Install the ExpressVPN firmware
In your web browser’s address bar, enter 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, or routerlogin.net. (If you have changed your default gateway in the past, you can find it in your device settings.)
If prompted, enter your Netgear router’s username and password. By default, they are admin and password. Select Sign In.
Note: If you cannot sign in with admin and password, you can try signing in with the default credentials printed on the bottom of your Netgear router. However, if you changed them in the past but cannot remember them, you will have to hard-reset your router so you can use the default credentials to sign in.
In the router’s admin settings, select the ADVANCED tab.
On the sidebar, select Administration > Router Update.
Select Browse to look for the ExpressVPN firmware .chk file you downloaded earlier.
Select Upload. If you are prompted to terminate your internet connections, select OK.
Your router should restart automatically.
4. Connect to the router running ExpressVPN
Connect your device to the new VPN router via Wi-Fi or LAN cable.
For Wi-Fi, the network name will appear as the Netgear router’s Wi-Fi name. (If you did not change your Netgear router’s Wi-Fi network name before, it is the default Wi-Fi network name printed on the bottom of your Netgear router.) It may take a while to appear in your list of networks.
5. Complete the setup on the router
Once your device is connected to the network, you will see the setup screen for the router running ExpressVPN. If it does not appear, go to expressvpnrouter.com. Select Get Started and follow the instructions.
When the setup is complete, keep a note of your Wi-Fi name and password, and your router password.
You have now set up ExpressVPN on your router.