How to Configure the ExpressVPN Router App for Linksys WRT1900AC(S)

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This tutorial will teach you how to setup your ExpressVPN Router App on the Linksys WRT1900AC 13J1WRT1900AC 13J2, or WRT1900ACS.

IMPORTANT: The below video shows the steps for setting up the WRT1200AC. You can follow the steps in the video but will need to download the correct firmware for your 1900 model. Your router will not work if you use the firmware for the 1200.

Note: This tutorial is for users who purchased the WRT1900AC(S) from a source other than FlashRouters.

Need help to figure out which model you’re using? See this troubleshooting guide.

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Get your Linksys router
Download the ExpressVPN firmware
TECHNICAL: How to flash the Linksys stock firmware
Connect to your devices
Finding your passwords
Need help with MediaStreamer?


Get your Linksys router

To purchase the Linksys WRT1900AC(S), please visit the official Linksys website or the official Linksys Amazon page.

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Download the ExpressVPN firmware

Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

log in to expressvpn.com

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged in to the website, click on Setup ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page. This will take you to the Downloads page.

set up expressvpn

Click on Router on the left side of the screen. Next, select Linksys WRT1900AC13J1Linksys WRT190013J2, or Linksys WRT1900ACS  (see this guide on identifying your model) and click on Download Firmware to start downloading the ExpressVPN firmware.

You will be flashing to this firmware later, so make sure you select the correct firmware for your model.

download linksys 1900 firmware

Need help? For any issues, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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TECHNICAL: How to flash the Linksys stock firmware

NOTE: Flashing the firmware will erase any current settings on your router. Although you can revert to the default firmware, users are not recommended to attempt the below without prior technical know-how.

Connect your computer to your router using a cable. Use any of the four blue ports (labeled 1-4) and not the yellow “Internet” port.

While your router is NOT connected to the Internet, go to linksyssmartwifi.com. You can also access your router setup screen by finding the router’s default gateway.

Check the boxes for “I have read…” and “I want to skip…”, then click Manual Configuration. You will not see this screen if you have configured your router before.linksys 3200 setup

After loading, you will see a screen notifying you that “Internet connection is down”. Click Login to proceed. You will not see this screen if you have configured your router before.

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In the “Sign In” screen, enter “admin” then click Sign In.sign-in

In the main “Smart Wi-Fi” screen, click Connectivity.click-connectivity

Click Choose File.choose-file

Select the ExpressVPN firmware and then click Start.click-start

You will see a notification informing you that the firmware update will require a reboot of your router. Click Yes to continue.click-yes

Once the firmware was been successfully installed, click Ok to initiate the router rebooting.click-ok

After the router has rebooted, you should be automatically redirected to www.expressvpnrouter.com. Login by using admin as the username and entering the 8-digit password found at the bottom of your router. For more help on finding your passwords, see here.enter-password

At this point, connect your router to the Internet. This can be done by plugging your Internet cable into the yellow “Internet” port at the back of the router. Connect your router to your modem (if you are using this router as the primary router) or existing router.

If you have not activated your ExpressVPN account, sign in to your account, click Set Up ExpressVPN, and copy your 23 digit ExpressVPN activation code.

Wait a few seconds while your ExpressVPN Router connects to the top recommended VPN location.

You can change locations easily by clicking on “Select Another Location”.

NOTE: all devices connected to ExpressVPN will appear to be from your connected country.

Need help? For any issues, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Connect your devices

All devices connected to the Internet via your ExpressVPN router (either through cable or Wi-Fi) will have its traffic tunneled through a secure VPN.

To connect any device to the VPN, plug its network cable into the ExpressVPN router or connect the device to the ExpressVPN router’s Wi-Fi. The network name and password are given as the last two items at the bottom of your router.

You can also change the VPN server location you are connected to or disconnect a device connected to the router by logging into www.expressvpnrouter.com.

Need help? For any issues, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Finding your passwords

All the passwords you need are written on the bottom of your router. For joining the router wifi:
  • SSID/Wifi name: LinksysXXXXX
  • SSID/Wifi password: <labeled as “Wireless Password” on sticker on the bottom of your router>
For logging into expressvpnrouter.com (or 192.168.42.1)
  • Router login: admin
  • Router password: the 8-digit number on the same sticker found on the bottom of your router, without the ”-“.  For example, if the password is printed as 1234-5678, enter the password as 12345678.

Need help? For any issues, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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Need help with MediaStreamer?

If you are looking to use the MediaStreamer DNS servers, read this article: How to setup DNS on your Linksys router.

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