How to use port forwarding to remotely access your router

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This guide will show you how to set up remote management for 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.)

NOTE: These steps will only work if you have a public IP address from your ISP. 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.

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For Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM
For Linksys EA6200
Use port forwarding to access devices/servers on your local network


Set up remote access for Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC(S), and WRT3200ACM

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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Set up remote access for Linksys EA6200

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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Use port forwarding to access devices/servers on your local network

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.

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