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This tutorial will show you how to set up the ExpressVPN app on Asus routers.

Note: The below steps are only for these Asus router models:

  • RT-AC68U
  • RT-AC87U
  • RT-AC56R
  • RT-AC56S
  • RT-AC56U

Make sure you are using the correct firmware for each model or the setup process will not work. For other router models, see the manual router setup instructions.

Important: Installing any third-party firmware, such as ExpressVPN for routers, could invalidate your warranty. Check with the manufacturer if this is a concern.

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1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware
2. Power on your router
3. Install the firmware
4. Connect your router to the internet
5. Set up ExpressVPN on your router


1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware

Download the firmware on the ExpressVPN website. From the dropdown menu, select the model of your Asus router.

Click Download Firmware.

Click “Download Firmware.”

Keep this browser window open. You will need the activation code for the setup later.

Keep a note of the activation code for the setup later.

If you want to install ExpressVPN on an existing router, proceed to installing the ExpressVPN firmware.

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

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2. Power on your router

Important: If you are currently using a different router, ExpressVPN recommends adding the Asus router as a secondary router in your existing network. If you wish to replace your existing router with the ExpressVPN router, we recommend setting up the Asus router as a secondary router before removing your primary router.

If you are installing ExpressVPN on an existing router, proceed to installing the ExpressVPN firmware.

If you are installing ExpressVPN on a new router, follow these steps below:

  1. Attach the antennas to the new router.
  2. Connect it to a power source but do not connect it to the internet. If you want to use the new router as a secondary router, place it near your existing router.
  3. Turn on the new router.
  4. Wait until the router’s power light displays a solid bar.

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

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3. Install the firmware

Important: Installing the ExpressVPN firmware will remove your router’s current settings, such as your Wi-Fi SSID and password. You can revert to the default firmware at any time.

In your browser’s address bar, enter the IP address for the router admin panel. By default, this is 192.168.1.1 (you can also find it in your device’s settings).

You will be prompted to log in. Enter your Asus router dashboard’s username and password. (The default login/password is admin/admin.)

Sign in to the Asus admin with your admin username and password.

On the sidebar, click Administration > Firmware Upgrade.

Click “Firmware Upgrade.”

Click Upload, then select the ExpressVPN firmware .trx file you downloaded earlier.

Click “Upload” to upload the ExpressVPN firmware.

When the firmware upgrade is complete, the screen will read, “Firmware upgrade is done. Please reboot (your Asus router model) manually.”

Restart your router manually.

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

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4. Connect to the internet

Connect your device to the router either via cable or Wi-Fi.

To connect over Wi-Fi, find the network ASUS_(modelname__(revision) (for some hardware: Broadcom_Northstar) and enter the password found on your router.

If you are using a new router that will be used as a secondary router, connect it to the internet by attaching one end of an ethernet cable to its blue port, and the other end of the cable to your existing router.

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

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5. Set up ExpressVPN on your router

You will be taken to the ExpressVPN router dashboard. If you don’t see it, go to www.expressvpnrouter.com. Click 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.

Make a note of the important information after the setup is complete.

Your router is now connected to ExpressVPN.

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

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