How to Set Up ExpressVPN with OpenVPN on Your Asus Router

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This tutorial will teach you how to set up ExpressVPN on your Asus router, using the OpenVPN protocol. This set up is also compatible with Merlin on Asus.

Note: This tutorial is only compatible with the following Asus routers:

RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U, RT-AC87U, RT-AC5300, RT-AC3200, RT-AC3100, RT-AC1750, RT-AC88U, RT-AC66R, RT-AC55U

The following video demonstrates the setup process using Asus stock firmware; for screenshots of the setup process using Merlin on Asus, scroll further down the page.

You will download the OpenVPN configuration file for the server location of your choice.

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Download the VPN configuration files
Configure your ASUS router


Download the VPN configuration files

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 Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page. This will take you to the Downloads page.

set-up-expressvpn

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select the OpenVPN tab on the right. You will first see your username and password and then a list of OpenVPN configuration files.

Download and save the .ovpn file(s) or locations (e.g. Los Angeles, New York, etc.) that you wish to connect to.

Note: Please have your username and password ready, as you will be asked to enter them later in the setup process.

new openvpn manual configuration

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

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Configure your ASUS router

Go to your Asus router control panel on your browser. It should have the address 192.168.1.1 by default (unless you changed it).

192.168.1.1

Login with the username and password you setup for your router account. By default, your User Name should be admin and your Password should be admin (unless you changed it).

asus router login

Click VPN on the left-hand side under Advanced Settings.

vpn - advanced settings

Click the OpenVPN Clients tab on the top.

openvpn clients

Click Choose File and upload the file you downloaded above. Then click Upload.

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Wait while the file uploads. Once the file has been uploaded, you will notice that the default settings displayed are different.

Under Basic Settings, enter your username and password (which you found earlier).

asus username and password

At the bottom of the page, click Apply.

custom configuration

After the page loads, return to Service State at the top of the page and toggle the switch ON.

service state

Check your location and IP address at What is my IP Address to confirm that the VPN connection is working.

If you see a problem with authentication, retry the above steps or repeat the process with a different OpenVPN configuration file.

To change VPN locations, upload a different OpenVPN configuration file, then hit Apply at the bottom of the page.

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

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