This tutorial will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on Asus routers.
ExpressVPN is supported on the following Asus router models:
- RT-AC68U (up to v3)
If your Asus router model does not support ExpressVPN, you can use the OpenVPN manual configuration.
1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware
Download the firmware on the ExpressVPN website. From the dropdown menu, select the model of your Asus router.
Select Download Firmware.
Keep this browser window open. You will need the activation code for the setup later.
2. Connect your Asus router to the internet
Before you proceed, make sure to:
- Turn on your Asus router.
- Connect the Asus router to the internet (via a modem or an existing router).
- Connect your device to the Asus 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 or router.asus.com.
- 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 router.asus.com or 192.168.1.1. (If you have changed your default gateway in the past, you can find it in your device settings.)
If prompted, enter your Asus router’s username and password. Both the default username and password are admin.
Note: If you cannot sign in with admin, you can try signing in with the default credentials printed on the bottom of your Asus 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.
Note: Once in the router’s admin settings, you can find your router’s Wi-Fi password under PIN code or WPA-PSK key. Make a note of it as you will be asked to provide it later.
On the sidebar, select Administration > Firmware Upgrade.
Select Upload, then select the ExpressVPN firmware .trx file you downloaded earlier.
When you have successfully uploaded the ExpressVPN firmware, you will see, “Firmware upgrade is done. Please reboot (your Asus router model) manually.”
You have now installed the ExpressVPN firmware on your Asus router.
4. Connect to the router running ExpressVPN
Connect your device to the router running ExpressVPN via Wi-Fi or LAN cable.
For Wi-Fi, the network name will appear as your Asus router’s Wi-Fi name. (If you did not change your Asus router’s Wi-Fi network name before, it is the default Wi-Fi network name printed on the bottom of your Asus router.) It may take a while to appear in your list of networks.
After that, enter your Wi-Fi network password. (You can also find the default Wi-Fi password on the bottom of your router.)
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.
Note: Once you have set the Router admin password, the router will automatically install any available updates.