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This guide will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on your Tomato router, using the OpenVPN protocol.
Download the VPN configuration files
Begin by signing in to your ExpressVPN account.
Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.
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.
Configure your router
On your standard web browser, go to your router’s settings page or control panel (Default address is 192.168.1.1, unless changed)
On 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:
Note: If the above custom configuration parameters don’t work, try the following:
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.