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This guide will show you how to set up remote management for devices connected to your router flashed with ExpressVPN firmware, using a technique known as port forwarding.

You will need the latest version of the ExpressVPN app for routers for these steps to work. (Find out how to update your ExpressVPN router firmware.)

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How to remotely access a device using port forwarding
How to remotely access a device using a DDNS hostname
Instructions for ExpressVPN router v1


How to remotely access a device using port forwarding

Log in to expressvpnrouter.com.

In the left-side menu, go to Advanced Settings > Port Forwarding. Click Add New Rule.

Click "add new rule."

Fill out the fields as follows:

Description: <any>
Device: <select the device you want to access>
Internal Port: 80
External Port: 8080
Protocol: TCP

Click Save to add the new rule.

Click "Save" to add the rule.

You should now be able to remotely access the connected device by going to <publicIP>:8080.

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

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How to remotely access a device using a DDNS hostname

If you’ve set up a DDNS hostname, you can enter it in the ExpressVPN router dashboard. Doing so will allow you to remotely access devices connected to your ExpressVPN router using your DDNS hostname instead of your public IP.

In the left-side menu, go to Advanced Settings > Dynamic DNS.

Fill out the fields as follows:

DDNS Service: <your DDNS provider e.g., dynu.com>
Hostname: <your DDNS hostname>
Password: <your DDNS password>

Click Save to add the hostname.

Enter your DDNS credentials.

You should now be able to remotely access the connected device by going to <hostname>:8080.

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

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Instructions for ExpressVPN router v1

If you have a public IP address, you can use port forwarding to set up remote management for your router flashed with ExpressVPN firmware.

You can find out if you have a public IP by logging in to expressvpnrouter.com. Once you’ve logged in, go to Status and look at the address. If the address does not begin with “192.168…”, then this is your public IP.

These steps will work for the following Linksys routers flashed with the latest ExpressVPN firmware: Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM.

Step 1: Log in to expressvpnrouter.com.

Step 2: Select Network in the top navigation bar, then select Firewall > Port Forwards.

Under “New Port Forward”, enter the following settings:

Name: <any>
Protocol: TCP+UDP
External Zone: wan
External Port: 8080
Internal Zone: lan
Internal IP: 192.168.42.1 (is default)
Internal Port: 80

Click Add > Save & Apply.

add port forwards

Step 3: Remote access your ExpressVPN router dashboard by going to <publicIP>:8080

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

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Step 1: Log in to expressvpnrouter.com.Select Administration from the top navigation. In the Management screen, under “Remote Access”, enable Web GUI Management.

Enable remote access web GUI

Step 2: Click Apply Settings.

apply settings for remote access

Step 3: Remote access your ExpressVPN router dashboard by going to <publicIP>:8080

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

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You can also use port forwarding to access devices and servers connected to your local network.To do so:

  1. Make sure the device you want to remotely access is connected to your ExpressVPN router.
  2. Visit www.expressvpnrouter.com and go to VPN > Options. 
  3. Select Let me select which devices should be protected.
  4. Scroll down to Recently Connected Devices and toggle protection OFF for the device you want to access.
  5. Perform the remote access steps in the above sections, according to your router model.
  6. When inputting port forwarding values, use values specific to your device or server.

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

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