How to set up the ExpressVPN Router App for Netgear R6300v2 and Nighthawk R7000

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This tutorial will show you how to set up the ExpressVPN Router App on the Netgear R6300v2 and Nighthawk R7000.

Important: Before starting, please verify that you indeed have the Netgear R6300v2 or the Nighthawk R7000 and not another model. Some sub models may not support VPN. Be sure to check carefully before proceeding.


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Download the ExpressVPN firmware
Set up your Netgear router
Flashing your Netgear router
Connect to a different server location
OPTIONAL: Change default SSID/Passwords
OPTIONAL: Manage Devices


Download the ExpressVPN firmware

Begin by downloading the ExpressVPN firmware on your router.

Sign in to your ExpressVPN account using your ExpressVPN username and password.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Click Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices windows

Click on Router on the left side of the screen. On the right, select your router model name to then click Download Firmware.

download netgear firmware expressvpn

You will also see your activation code listed on the screen. Keep this tab open or paste your code into a word processor, you’ll need to refer to it later.

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

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Set up your Netgear router

Note: ExpressVPN recommends keeping your existing network and adding the ExpressVPN router as a second router. You can do this by connecting an Ethernet cable from your modem to the WAN port of your primary router, then connecting a LAN port on your primary router to the WAN port of the ExpressVPN router.  If you would like to only use the ExpressVPN router, you are recommended to first set up the ExpressVPN router as a secondary router and later remove your primary router.

To set up your Netgear router:

Setup for routers without internet access

Make sure your router is powered on, with any required antennae attached. Connect your computer to the router by:

  1. cable, or
  2. the secure wireless network name found on the bottom of the router.

Access the Netgear router dashboard by visiting routerlogin.net. If you cannot access the dashboard through the URL, try to find your router’s gateway (e.g. 192.168.1.1). You can follow the instructions here.

Login with admin/admin.

If you have the option, skip changing WiFI name (SSID) and password, as well as admin credentials. This is because the information will be reset back to default when you flash the ExpressVPN app onto the router.

You will now arrive at the router admin dashboard. Proceed to the steps below.

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

Setup for routers with internet access

You should be connected to the internet and able to browse sites on the internet.

Open a browser and access the Netgear router dashboard by visiting routerlogin.net. If you cannot access the dashboard through the URL, try to find your router’s gateway (e.g. 192.168.1.1). You can follow the instructions here.

You will be prompted to login. Enter your existing router username and password. (The default login/password is admin/admin).

You will now arrive at the router admin dashboard. Proceed to the steps below.

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

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Flashing your Netgear router

On your router dashboard, click on the ADVANCED tab.

netgear advanced tab

On the sidebar, select Administration, and then Router Update.

netgear click router update

Click on Browse and select the ExpressVPN firmware file that you downloaded above. The filename format is: expressvpn-netgear-rxxxxx-vxxxx.chk

browse firmware netgear

Click Upload to reflash the router with ExpressVPN firmware. You may need to restart the router.

After restarting, you will need to ensure you are connected to your Netgear router.

  • If you are connected via cable (recommended): then you are already connected to the Netgear
  • If you are connected via Wi-Fi you need to find NETGEAR_(modelname)_(revision) WiFi network and connect to it. The password can be found on the sticker at the front of the router.

Go to expressvpnrouter.com, the default login and password are admin and admin.

expressvpn 6200 login

Enter your ExpressVPN activation code and click Activate. You will be connected to the VPN.

activate expressvpn

If you were previously not connected to the internet, you will need to plug in an ethernet cable now.

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

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Connect to a different server location

To connect to a different server location, make sure you are disconnected from the VPN.

expressvpn router disconnect

Click on Select another location, then click on the location you want to connect to.

You can also use the search bar to search for a location to connect to.

expressvpn router select another location

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

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OPTIONAL: Change default SSID/Passwords

On the VPN tab of the ExpressVPN router dashboard, go to ExpressVPN Help & Support and click the buttons to reset WiFi name (SSID), WiFi password, and router dashboard credentials.

router app edit wifi ssid password

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

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OPTIONAL: Manage Devices

On the VPN tab of the ExpressVPN router dashboard, go to VPN Options. Scroll to Recently connected devices and select which devices you wish to have protected with VPN or not protected by VPN.

Note: You will not be able to toggle VPN protection on/off for devices connected via a static IP.

expressvpn connected devices

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

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