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This guide will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on your Freebox using the OpenVPN manual configuration.
This setup does not protect all the devices connected to the Freebox. Instead, only the integrated “seedbox” and all downloads initiated through the seedbox will be protected by the VPN. If you want full VPN protection on your Freebox, you will need to use your Freebox as a secondary router and connect it to a router running ExpressVPN.
The steps for this setup were tested on the Freebox Revolution line of devices.
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1. Download the VPN configuration files
Go to the ExpressVPN setup page. If prompted, enter your ExpressVPN credentials and click Sign In.
Enter the verification code that is sent to your email.
On the right, with OpenVPN already selected for you, you will see your username, password, and a list of OpenVPN configuration files.
Click the location(s) you want in order to download the .ovpn file(s).
Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.
2. Edit the configuration files
By default, the ExpressVPN configuration files are not compatible with Freebox. You will need to manually edit them before proceeding.
In a text editor (e.g., Notepad or TextEdit), open the configuration file you downloaded.
Remove the following lines from the file:
Save the file.
3. Configure your Freebox
Access your Freebox dashboard by accessing: http://mafreebox.freebox.fr
Click on Paramètres de la Freebox.
Under the Mode avancé tab, click on Client VPN.
Select the Configuration VPN tab, then click on Ajouter une connexion.
Fill in the following fields:
- Description: Enter a name of your choosing
- Type de serveur VPN: OpenVPN
- Nom d’utilisateur: the ExpressVPN username you found above
- Mot de passe: the ExpressVPN password you found above
Click on Parcourir and upload the configuration file you previously edited.
At the bottom of the window, click Sauvegarder.
At the top of the window, make sure the configuration you created is active.
To check your VPN connection is active, go to the État de la connexion VPN tab. Client VPN actif should show “Oui.”
Next, go to the Applications tab. The checkbox next to Gestionnaire de téléchargements should be checked.