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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, RT-N53, RT-N16
To use ExpressVPN on an Asus router, you are recommended to first use OpenVPN on Asus. If that does not work well for you — for example, if your router hardware cannot deliver sufficient network speeds when using OpenVPN encryption — then you can follow the steps below to use PPTP instead.
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Get your VPN account credentials and server location addresses
To set up ExpressVPN manually for your ASUS router, you will first need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials for the manual configuration.
Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.
If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.
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.
Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec on the right. This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.
Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup.
Configure your ASUS router with the VPN
Go to the Asus router control panel on your browser. It should have the address 192.168.1.1 by default (unless you changed it)
Log in with the username and password you setup for your router account. It should be User Name: admin and Password: admin by default (unless you changed it).
Click WAN on the left-hand side bar under Advanced Settings
Make sure your settings matches the following information under WAN – Internet Connection.
WAN Connection Type: PPTP
Enable Wan: Yes
Enable NAT: Yes
Enable UPnP: Yes
WAN IP Setting
Get the WAN IP automatically: Yes
WAN DNS Setting
Connect to DNS Server automatically: No
DNS Server1: 188.8.131.52
DNS Server2: 184.108.40.206
User Name: your username (from earlier)
Password: your password (from earlier)
Idle Disconnect Time in seconds: enter a large number like 3000
PPTP Options: MPPE 128
Additional pppd options: (Leave blank)
Special Requirement from ISP
Double check all settings then click on Apply at the bottom.
Congratulations! You should now be connected to our VPN services. Check your location and IP address at What is my IP Address to confirm that the VPN connection is working
Note: If you want to use a L2TP connection instead, simply select L2TP for WAN Connection Type instead of PPTP.