How to Install And Use ExpressVPN on a Netgear Wireless Router

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Netgear routers are popular, but they can be a bit difficult to set up and use. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install and use ExpressVPN on a Netgear router. By the end of this guide, you’ll have an ExpressVPN account configured and ready to protect your traffic!

The “expressvpn compatible routers” is a list of routers that have been confirmed to work with ExpressVPN.

Yes, your laptops, smartphones, and tablets all have VPN applications installed.

Considerably more of your connected gadgets, though, such as the Ring cameras we’ve been hearing about, are left completely exposed.

Additionally, it implies that you aren’t making the most of your Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, smart TV, or other connected gadgets as much as you may be.

Not all of your linked devices can have applications created by VPN providers. First of all, it is just not economically sensible.

Second, certain device manufacturers—like Apple TV and Roku—do not permit VPN applications on their products.

Third, not all gadgets can run VPN apps, such as network-connected toasters or security cameras.

It makes sense to use a VPN on your home or workplace network because of this. All of your devices, including streaming boxes, game consoles, security cameras, and other devices without VPN software, are protected by a router with VPN support.

A VPN-enabled router also provides continuous security, so you don’t need to remember to activate the VPN every time. Additionally, the majority of VPNs have a kill switch to instantly cut off internet access if the VPN server connection is lost. This keeps information about your internet actions private.

By employing a router with VPN support, you may also get access to geo-restricted services, giving all of your devices access to streaming, gaming, and other material and services that would typically be unavailable to people in your area of the globe.

Not to mention, most VPN companies establish a maximum number of devices that may connect to their service at once with a single piece of login information. A VPN router only counts as one connection to the VPN service, regardless of how many devices are connected to it.

For big families and small enterprises that may need a lot of VPN connections, a VPN router is the best option.

The best VPN I can suggest if you’re searching for is ExpressVPN to use with your Netgear router.


It is possible to use ExpressVPN with a wide range of router brands and models. However, since the provider supplies its own unique firmware for usage with two Netgear router types, it’s very simple to use with specific Netgear routers:

  • Networking R6300v2
  • 7000 Nighthawk

You may skip all the tedious effort of modifying connection settings and configuration files, which you would be required to do if you were using a VPN with another kind of router, by utilizing ExpressVPN’s special firmware with one of these routers.

Additionally, you have complete control over which devices connect to the VPN and which ones are permitted to leave the encrypted tunnel.


You can use ExpressVPN with a variety of different Netgear routers, as I’ve already indicated, but doing so will need you to flash your router with open-source firmware like DD-WRT and entail a significant amount of manual setup and configuration. (However, it is a topic for an other post.)

In addition to working with Netgear routers, the VPN service has a variety of additional characteristics that make it the best option for any online activity.

One of the fastest connection speeds in the industry is provided by ExpressVPN. Because of the provider’s lightning-fast download rates, those who want to stream videos, download huge files, and do a little online gaming will find it to be a great choice.

The company provides a large range of applications for many different device platforms in addition to providing outstanding router support, making it simple for you to safeguard and improve your online activities when you’re away from home or work.

Android, Android TV, Chromebook, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows device platforms all have applications accessible for them.

Despite the fact that I have seldom had problems with ExpressVPN, their customer care staff has always been available. There is always live chat help accessible. Additionally available resources include searchable support and troubleshooting libraries, a problem ticket system, and email assistance.

What kind of foreign material you can access depends on a VPN’s worldwide server network. Over 3,000 servers for ExpressVPN are located in 94 different countries.

Despite having a higher price than many of its rivals, ExpressVPN provides a fantastic return on investment. An unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee is provided by ExpressVPN.

Read the whole of my ExpressVPN review here.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on Your Networking R6300v2 or Netgear 7000 Nighthawk Router

It won’t take long to install ExpressVPN’s unique firmware on your Netgear router. Even after repeatedly reading the directions to ensure I followed them completely, I can generally finish the full procedure in under 30 minutes.

In this section, I’m going to assume that you have an ExpressVPN subscription and that you own either a Networking R6300v2 or Netgear 7000 Nighthawk router. (Seriously, don’t try this with another brand or model of router, because you could totally screw up your router.)

Obtaining the Firmware for ExpressVPN

Follow the instructions below to get the ExpressVPN firmware.

  1. Use your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer to log into your ExpressVPN account on the provider’s website. Your account dashboard will be shown.
  2. Take note of the “Activation code” shown at the bottom of the screen in the “Set up your devices” area while you are on this page. The activation code (“A” in the picture below) will be copied to your computer’s clipboard if you want to leave this page open. If you decide to copy it, go to a text editing software like Notepad and paste it there. Later, while setting the firmware, you’ll need this.How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. You’ll find a “Router” link under the “Set up your devices” area as well. Press that. (“B” in the screenshot up top.)
  4. Your browser will open a new tab. Select your router from the pull-down menu by clicking there.1656694323_332_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  5. Click the name of your router. I’ve selected the Networking R6300v2, as it is the router I use. The installation procedure will be identical for the 7000 Nighthawk router.
  6. The red “Download Firmware” button that appears should be clicked.1656694324_953_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  7. Select a directory to store the firmware to when requested. Remember where you saved it since you’ll soon need it.
  8. Continue to the next step when the firmware file has completed downloading.

Putting the ExpressVPN Firmware in place

If at all feasible, I highly advise utilizing an Ethernet connection to connect to the router.

Although I am aware that many contemporary laptops no longer come equipped with an Ethernet connector, Amazon and other retailers provide USB-to-Ethernet adapters or USB-C-to-Ethernet adapters for as low as $10. The procedure will go more quickly and easily if you use an Ethernet connection.

  1. Go to to access your Netgear router’s dashboard while your browser is still open. If it doesn’t work, try typing into the address bar of your browser.
  2. You will be prompted by your browser to provide your current router administrator login and password. It’s probably admin/admin or admin/password if you haven’t updated it (shame on you).
  3. Now you ought to see the router’s administrative dashboard. It should resemble the screenshot seen below.1656694325_759_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  4. Select the “ADVANCED” tab at the top of the router dashboard. Click “Administration” on the sidebar of the “ADVANCED” tab, followed by “Router Update.”1656694326_360_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  5. Select “Browse” from the menu. Navigate to the location where you stored the downloaded firmware when the file explorer window appears. (Hint: The format of the filename is “expressvpn-netgear-rxxxxx-vxxxx.chk.”) The Windows version will look identical to the screenshot below, which is from a Mac.1656694327_725_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  6. To update the router with the ExpressVPN firmware, click “Upload.” Wait for the router to finish flashing before restarting. (It should only take a maximum of five minutes.)1656694328_589_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless 1656694329_754_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless

Putting the ExpressVPN Firmware in Place

Make sure you are connected to your newly secured Netgear router once your router has rebooted.

You are undoubtedly linked to the router if you are already using an Ethernet wire to connect.

You must look for and join the “NETGEAR (modelname) (revision)” Wi-Fi network if you’re connected through Wi-Fi.

Either a label on the front or the bottom of the router should have the precise network name and password. Let’s hope you remember them if you’ve previously changed the wireless network’s name and/or password.

  1. Visit if your browser doesn’t take you directly to the ExpressVPN router panel. If it doesn’t work, try typing into the address bar of your browser.
  2. Click “Get Started” once you are on the ExpressVPN router dashboard.1656694330_830_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. Enter your login and password if your ISP asks for them, then click “Connect.” Click “My ISP Has No Login” if it doesn’t.
  4. Do you still have the account activation code I advised you to save? Well, we need it right now. Copy it, paste it in the appropriate area, and then click “Sign In.”1656694330_504_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  5. You may choose to provide the VPN provider access to crash reports and anonymous statistics on the next page. Click “OK” to share them or “No Thanks” to not. This is all up to you. Since it’s entirely anonymous, it has no impact on your privacy, so I clicked “OK.”1656694331_848_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  6. You may set up the specifics of your VPN-protected Wi-Fi network on the next page. You must first input the name of the Wi-Fi network (I called mine “FBI-VPN” to annoy my neighbors), and then a new, secure Wi-Fi connection password. To continue, click.1656694332_352_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  7. You should now configure the router’s admin password. As whomever knows it will have complete access to configure your Wi-Fi network and VPN protection, be sure it isn’t the same as the Wi-Fi password you just specified. To continue, click.1656694333_728_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  8. To validate your changed router administrative settings, click “Done.” You may need to re-connect to the WiFi of your router.1656694334_492_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  9. You’ll see that you’ve automatically connected to the top-performing VPN server in your nation on the next screen. I was in this instance linked to a Dallas-based server.1656694335_343_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  10. My PC now has a Dallas-based IP address, as you can see from my visit to

Using the Wi-Fi Router with ExpressVPN Support

As with any Wi-Fi router, you may connect a device to your ExpressVPN-protected network by following the same steps. If your router has a free Ethernet port on the rear, you may either connect via an Ethernet cable or a Wi-Fi network.

In any case, your device will seem to be located in the server location you have chosen, and all of your communication will be encrypted. (More on it later.)

Making a Server Location Decision

By default, the ExpressVPN router app will use a feature known as “Smart Location” to connect you to the closest VPN server location. Utilizing anonymous parameters like connection speed, latency, and distance, this is computed.

However, you may also choose to connect to any other ExpressVPN server, which will benefit you by granting you access to material that would typically be prohibited in your region (such as streaming and gaming content or banking services).

  1. Visit to modify the location of your server. If it doesn’t work, try typing into the address bar of your browser. The dashboard of the ExpressVPN router will then be shown.
  2. Click on the “picker” for the location of the VPN server you want to connect to.1656694337_906_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. Once you’ve found the desired place from the ones that are accessible, click it. (You may also look for a place using the search box.)1656694338_274_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  4. The router will cut its connection to the old VPN server and establish one with the new one. While the router establishes a connection to the new VPN server, there can be a brief interruption in internet service.1656694339_908_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless

The newly chosen VPN server will now seem to be close to all of your connected devices.

Taking Care of Equipment Connected to the ExpressVPN Router

You’ll see that the ExpressVPN app automatically uses the VPN to encrypt all internet traffic. You may pick and choose which devices utilize the VPN and which ones use an unsecured connection, however.

When some devices must connect to resources in your local region via a regular, unprotected internet connection, this capability might be useful. Other devices may be protected in the meanwhile and can access resources that would often be geo-blocked.

  1. Select “Devices” from the drop-down menu on the ExpressVPN router dashboard.
  2. If “Each device utilizes” is set to “Router VPN,” all devices connected to the router will likely have their connections forwarded via ExpressVPN’s servers.1656694340_859_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. To change it to “Per device setting,” select “Each device utilizes,” which then shows a list of linked devices.1656694340_962_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  4. Then you may decide whether devices utilize the MediaStreamer DNS service, don’t use a VPN, or are secured by the Router VPN (handy for Xbox, PS4, Apple TV, and other internet-connected devices that have no VPN app available).1656694341_562_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless

Additional ExpressVPN Router Choices

Instructions for Changing the Wi-Fi/SSID Name and Password

The name of your wireless network (Wi-Fi/SSID name) may need to be changed at some point. This may be the result of another network adopting your network name, or it might just be because you’re silly and have always wanted to create a Wi-Fi network called “Bill Wi the Science Fi.”

  1. In the sidebar, click “Network Settings” -> “Wi-Fi Settings.”1656694342_347_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  2. Enter the Wi-Fi name and password you wish to use under “Enable Wi-Fi network.”
  3. Select “Save” from the menu. While the adjustments are being stored to the router, you will see a notice that reads “Connection to Router Lost.”

Setting the Internet

The “Setting the Internet” section in “Network Settings” is best left alone. This information was saved when you first set up your ExpressVPN firmware.

If you discover that you need to modify this information for any reason (such as if you have switched internet service providers), get in touch with ExpressVPN customer care and they will be happy to assist you through the process.

Local Network Configuration

The “Local Network Configuration” section in “Network Settings” is another group of settings that’s best left alone unless you absolutely need to make any changes.

But if there are any disputes with other routers on your network, here is where you’ll go. Your router’s IP address, Subnet Mask, and the range of IP addresses that may be sent to connected devices are all editable.


Additional Settings

In the “Additional Settings” menu, there are numerous options associated with the operation of your ExpressVPN-enabled router.

You may alter the administrator password under the “Router Settings” menu. This password, which is different from the one used to enter the Wi-Fi network, gives access to the router’s settings.


You may upgrade the ExpressVPN firmware or return your router to its “out-of-the-box” configuration by visiting “Software Update” (more about that later). From the ExpressVPN website, you’ll download the most recent firmware update, store it to your computer’s hard disk, and then upload it to your router.


Your hard drive’s settings may be backed up and restored using “Back Up and Restore.”


You may configure remote management for devices connected to your ExpressVPN-enabled router using “Port Forwarding.” This makes it possible for you or other people to access your devices remotely.

Follow the instructions below to configure port forwarding.

  1. Click “Port Forwarding” in the “Additional Settings” menu.
  2. Then choose “Add New Rule.”1656694346_364_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. Fill out the fields on the form as follows: Description: <any> Device: <select the device you want to access> Internal Port: 80 External Port: 8080 Protocol: TCP1656694347_59_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  4. To include the new rule, click “Save.”
  5. You should now be able to remotely access the device by going to <publicIP>:8080.

“Dynamic DNS” – If you’ve configured a DDNS hostname (read more about it here), put it here to be able to access devices connected to the ExpressVPN-enabled router remotely using a DDNS hostname rather than your public IP address.

  1. Click “Dynamic DNS” in the “Additional Settings” menu.
  2. Fill out the fields as follows: DDNS Service: <your DDNS provider, e.g.,> Hostname: <your DDNS hostname> Password: <your DDNS password>1656694348_697_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. To add the hostname, click “Save.”
  4. You should now be able to remotely access your connected device by going to <hostname>:8080.

Your ExpressVPN Router Rebooting

You may sometimes need to reset your router. Considering that a router essentially functions as a tiny computer that manages connections to other linked devices Rebooting your router should be your first line of defense if it is “acting up.”

Rebooting your router may be done as follows:

  1. On the ExpressVPN router Dashboard, click the “Reboot Router” button in the bottom left-hand corner.
  2. For the router to restart, click “Continue.” The router will reset in a matter of minutes, restoring your internet connection.1656694349_879_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless

Activating the Original Firmware on Your ExpressVPN Router

There may be a moment when you wish to revert your ExpressVPN-enabled router to its original firmware, bringing it back to the condition it was in when it was first issued from the manufacturer.

If you have a new router, want to sell your old one, or want to utilize the router for a different purpose, this may be the case.

Make sure you have the router’s original firmware before you start the operation. A copy is available for download from the Netgear support website. To locate the firmware, type the model number or product name of your router. On the back or bottom of your router, you’ll see the model number.

After downloading the firmware, do the following actions:

  1. Visit the website If it doesn’t work, try typing into the address bar of your browser. The dashboard of the ExpressVPN router will then be shown.
  2. In the left sidebar, go to “Additional Settings” -> “Software Update.”1656694350_110_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  3. When you click “Choose file,” choose the firmware file.1656694351_132_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  4. Select “Update Now” from the menu.1656694351_61_How-to-Install-And-Use-ExpressVPN-on-a-Netgear-Wireless
  5. The firmware will start upgrading, restoring your router to its brand-new, factory settings. When it’s finished, your browser ought to reroute to the Netgear dashboard. The whole procedure ought should be finished in about five minutes.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of a Router-Based VPN


Constant Defense

You get always-on security if you connect a VPN to your router.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve sometimes done “unapproved” internet activities like exchanging files on your computer without remembering to switch on your VPN security.

Your internet activities are always secure when a VPN is enabled on your router.

All of Your Connected Devices Are Safe

Any device that joins your network when a VPN is active on your router is immediately secured.

This includes connected devices such as smart TVs, streaming boxes, gaming consoles, and others that otherwise would not be able to benefit from VPN security.


Additional Upfront Cost

It might be expensive up front to buy a router that supports interoperability with your VPN service.

There’s a strong probability that your VPN service won’t work with your present router. It may cost hundreds of dollars to purchase a router with compatibility and sufficient power to effectively handle a VPN connection.

Additionally, not all VPN service providers support routers, or they charge extra for the capability. This implies that the cost of your VPN service will probably increase. (Thank goodness, ExpressVPN avoids this.)

The Speeds of Your Connection Will Be Slower

You have probably seen that your connection speeds are reduced while using a VPN on your computer or other connected devices.

The same issue occurs if you use a router that supports VPNs. Furthermore, all of the devices connected to the router will experience those decreased rates.

Like any business, router producers pay attention to their bottom line. This implies that if they don’t have to, they won’t install a more potent (and costly) CPU in their routers. A router’s only purpose is to maintain and direct your internet connection to the connected devices.

Installing a VPN on the same router makes the processor work even harder since it is now in charge of encrypting and decrypting the information that your devices send and receive. The performance and your speeds decrease as the number of devices increases.

Less Versatility

You have control over when to enable and disable protection while utilizing a VPN program that has been downloaded to your device. Your VPN protection is always active if you’re linked to a router that supports VPNs.

Although many VPN routers include capabilities that let you choose which devices utilize the VPN connection, in order to make that change, you must know the administrator password.

Is a Free VPN Compatible with My Netgear Router?

The majority of “free” VPNs are incompatible with routers since they are designed solely for use with mobile, desktop, and laptop devices. Although I mention “most” free providers, I honestly can’t think of any free VPNs that support routers.

Additionally, a lot of free VPNs will slow your connection speeds and place daily or monthly data consumption limits on you. Data limits are never a good idea, but they become much more problematic when many devices are using the same VPN connection.

Additionally, bear in mind that even “free” VPN services are operated with the intention of turning a profit. Numerous VPNs of this kind track your online activity and sell that data to advertising and other parties with an interest in it.

Other free VPNs, however, may include intrusive advertisements and tracking cookies into your browser sessions. Even when you are not connected to the VPN, those cookies keep tracking you.

FAQs for ExpressVPN and Netgear

Other than Netgear, other router brands is ExpressVPN compatible with?

Yes, ExpressVPN can be used with Asus and Linksys routers in addition to Netgear routers. (The vendor provides firmware for routers made by both businesses.) On other router brands and models, the provider may also be manually configured.

Are Any Free VPNs Available for Netgear Router Installation?

To my knowledge, neither Netgear nor the majority of other router brands are supported by any free VPN services. Free VPNs should be avoided at all costs. They have a small server network, data limits, and bandwidth throttling, which prevent them from being really private and restrict the online activities of their customers.

In conclusion

While there are certain downsides to utilizing a VPN on your router, the benefits far exceed the cons.

Streaming and gaming consoles, as well as your internet-connected microwave oven, are all fully protected by a router-based VPN, such as the one provided by ExpressVPN.

Through a single access point, ExpressVPN provides excellent VPN security for all of your internet-connected devices. With Netgear routers, the supplier provides a very straightforward setup, and if you don’t want to do it yourself, pre-configured routers are also made accessible.

The supplier provides quick download speeds, first-rate connection protection, and strong worldwide server coverage.

Check out ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN is a VPN service that allows users to have an encrypted connection on their network. This article will show you how to install and use ExpressVPN on your Netgear Wireless Router. Reference: express vpn.

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