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This tutorial guide will show you how to purchase, connect, and configure an ExpressVPN Tomato FlashRouter.
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Purchase an ExpressVPN Tomato FlashRouter
Select one of ExpressVPN’s Tomato FlashRouters and click ADD TO CART.
On the next screen, select a Support Plan and Warranty. FYI, all FlashRouters come with 3 months of basic support and a 90-day warranty — FREE.
Feeling generous? Select an amount to donate to Open Source Donations.
Click ADD TO CART.
Click View cart & checkout.
Now you can review your order. If you’re satisfied, keep scrolling down on the page.
Scroll down. If you have a coupon code, enter it in the Discount Codes field. If you want to calculate an estimate of your shipping and tax, follow the steps on the screen.
Then click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.
Choose a Checkout Method: Checkout as Guest or Register. For this tutorial, we are going to select Checkout as Guest. Click CONTINUE.
Fill out your Billing Information, Shipping Address, Shipment Method, and Payment Information (credit card or PayPal). You will then arrive at the Order Review. Make sure your order details are correct.
For plug-and-play setup:
Click the link next to Order Comment.
It will populate the field with some text. Fill it out as follows:
VPN Username: your ExpressVPN.com user name
VPN Password: your ExpressVPN.com password
VPN Server Location: choose from the following list of server locations
USA – Los Angeles
USA – New York
UK – Berkshire
Netherlands – Amsterdam
Additional Comments: add any additional comments
When you’re finished filling everything out, click PLACE ORDER.
Note: If you do not want your FlashRouter to come pre-configured with an ExpressVPN server on it, you can skip filling out the Order Comment. Detailed instructions for setting up a VPN server will be included in the box, or you can refer to our tutorials for OpenVPN setup or PPTP setup for Tomato.
Connect everything to your ExpressVPN Tomato FlashRouter
Once you receive your FlashRouter, connect it to your existing router with an Ethernet cable and switch it on. This will create a dual-router setup and will avoid any potential conflicts with your existing Internet setup.
Now you can connect your computers, mobile devices, smart TVs, and more to the ExpressVPN FlashRouter and enjoy the benefits of ExpressVPN:
Connect with an Ethernet cable
Connect your device with an Ethernet cable.
Connect over the FlashRouter’s Wi-Fi network
Your FlashRouter came with a piece of paper with all of your FlashRouter Settings, including your wireless SSID and password. Use these credentials to connect any device to your FlashRouter.
Configure your ExpressVPN FlashRouter with a VPN server
This section will show you how to configure your FlashRouter with one of our VPN servers.
Use these instructions if:
- your FlashRouter did not come preconfigured with one of our VPN servers.
- you want to configure your FlashRouter with another VPN server.
You will need to download our .ovpn files to configure your router with a new VPN server. Here’s how:
Once you’ve logged into the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page to go do the downloads page.
Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select OpenVPN on the right. Download and save the .ovpn file(s) or locations (e.g. Los Angeles, New York, etc.) that you wish to connect to.
In your browser, go to your router’s control panel by typing your Router IP Address in the address bar. The default address is 192.168.11.1. If this doesn’t work, please refer to the slip of paper that came in the box with your Tomato router.
In your router’s control panel, click on the VPN Tunneling tab, and then select OpenVPN Client.
Follow the settings for each of the tabs based on the screenshots below.
In the Basic tab, copy the settings below. Please also remember to enter the username and password you found earlier.
Note: You can find your server address and port in the .ovpn config file you downloaded earlier. Open the .ovpn config file using any text editor. Copy any of the “remote” server cluster names listed in the config file, and paste it into the Server Address/Port field of the OpenVPN basic control panel. Do the same for the port.
In the Advanced tab, copy the settings from the screenshot into your control panel.
Copy and paste the following text into the Custom Configuration field, then click Save:
In the Keys tab, copy and paste the text from the .ovpn configuration file into the correct fields.
Copy-paste the text in between the <tls-auth> and </tls-auth> block into the Static Key field. See sample image below:
Copy-paste the text in between the <ca> and </ca> block into the “Certificate Authority field. See sample image below:
Copy-paste the text in between the <cert> and </cert> block into the Client Certificate field. See sample image below:
Copy-paste the text in between the <key> and </key> block into the Client Key field. See sample image below:
Once done, just click on Save.
Connect to a VPN server location
To connect, click on Start Now and wait for around a minute or two for the connection to get fully established.
Click on the “Status” tab to check if you’re now connected.