How to setup ExpressVPN on a Sabai Router with OpenVPN

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This guide walks through setting up ExpressVPN on a router purchased from Sabai TechnologySabai sells routers pre-loaded with an operating system called Sabai OS, which makes it relatively easy to use a VPN on a router.

This guide is for OpenVPN. For PPTP instructions, please see this tutorial.

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Download the VPN configuration
Configure your Sabai router
How to change server locations


Download the VPN configuration

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 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. This file includes everything you need to connect to that location. It contains access keys for your ExpressVPN account that will allow your Sabai router to log into ExpressVPN.

These files include everything you need to connect to that location. It contains access keys for your ExpressVPN account that will allow your Sabai router to log into ExpressVPN.

download openvpn configuration files

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

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Configure your Sabai router

Connect your computer to your Sabai router’s Wifi network. By default, this is a network named Sabai24 or Sabai58. The Wifi password is written on the sheet of paper that came with your Sabai router.

connect to sabai

Open a browser and log into your Sabai router’s control panel. The address is usually http://192.168.199.1. The username and password are also written on the sheet of paper that came with your Sabai router.

enter sabai router's control panel

If requested, follow the instructions to activate your Sabai router. This is a one-time step that Sabai requires upon first-time use.

At the top left menu, click Network > OpenVPN

network - openvpn

In the Sabai control panel, click ‘Choose File’, and specify the .ovpn file you downloaded in Step 2. For example, specify my_expressvpn_los_angeles_udp.ovpn. It is likely located in your computer’s ‘Downloads’ folder.

choose .ovpn file

Click ‘Start‘. Your Sabai router will now connect to ExpressVPN.

start connection

Wait 15 to 30 seconds. Once the connection is successful, you will see ‘VPN is up via OpenVPN’ at the top-right corner of the page.

vpn is up via openvpn

Confirm that you can browse the web. Open a new browser window and try visiting a site that should be accessible now.

You can now connect other devices to the Sabai router’s Wifi network. All traffic will automatically be protected by ExpressVPN and flow through the location you selected above.

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

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How to change server locations

To change locations, go to the Sabai control panel, Network > OpenVPN, click ‘Stop‘, then ‘Erase‘, and upload a different file that you get from the ExpressVPN website’s ‘Linux & Routers OpenVPN’ section.

click stop

click erase, ok

upload different .ovpn file

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

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