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This tutorial will show you how to set up your ExpressVPN app (firmware) on Linksys routers.

The ExpressVPN app is supported on the following Linksys router models:

  • Linksys EA6200
  • Linksys WRT1200AC
  • Linksys WRT1900AC 13J1
  • Linksys WRT1900AC 13J2
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS V2
  • Linksys WRT3200ACM
  • Linksys WRT32X

If you are not sure which model your Linksys router is, refer to this troubleshooting guide.

Important: Installing any third-party firmware, such as the ExpressVPN firmware, could invalidate your router’s warranty. Check with your router’s manufacturer if this is a concern.

If you bought a preconfigured router from Flashrouters, proceed directly to completing the setup on your router.

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1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware
2. Connect your Linksys router to the internet
3. Install the ExpressVPN firmware
4. Connect to the VPN router
5. Complete the setup on your router


1. Download the ExpressVPN firmware

Download the firmware on the ExpressVPN website. From the dropdown menu, select the model of your Linksys router.

Select Download Firmware.

Select your router, then click "Download Firmware."

Keep this browser window open. You will need the activation code for the setup later.

Keep this browser window open. You will need the activation code for the setup later.

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

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2. Connect your Linksys router to the internet

Important: If you are currently connected to a different router, you are recommended to add the Linksys router as a secondary router to your existing network. If you want to replace an existing router with the Linksys router, you are recommended to set up the Linksys router as a secondary router before removing the existing router.

Before you proceed, make sure to:

  • Turn on your Linksys router.
  • Connect the Linksys router to the internet (via a modem or an existing router).
  • Connect your device to the Linksys router (via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable).

If you are installing the ExpressVPN firmware on an existing router that has already completed the initial network setup: Proceed to installing the ExpressVPN firmware.

If you are installing the ExpressVPN firmware on a new router that has not completed the initial network setup:

  1. In your web browser’s address bar, enter 192.168.1.1 or linksyssmartwifi.com.
  2. Complete the initial network setup by following the on-screen instructions.
  3. Proceed to install the ExpressVPN firmware.

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

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3. Install the ExpressVPN firmware

Important: Installing the ExpressVPN firmware on your Linksys router will replace its current settings, such as your Wi-Fi SSID and password. You can reset your router to the default Linksys firmware if needed.
Important: For the Linksys WRT32X, follow these instructions to perform a manual firmware update on your router.

In your web browser’s address bar, enter 192.168.1.1 or linksyssmartwifi.com. (If you have changed your default gateway in the past, you can find it in your device settings.)

If prompted, enter your Linksys router’s password. (The default is “admin.”) Select Sign In.

Enter your router’s password and click “Sign In.

On the router’s admin panel, select Connectivity.

Click “Connectivity.”

Select Choose File. Select the ExpressVPN firmware you downloaded earlier, then select Start.

Click “Start” to upload the ExpressVPN firmware.

You will see notifications informing you that the firmware is not recognized and updates will require a reboot of your router. Select Yes and Yes to continue.

Once you have successfully installed the firmware, select Ok to initiate a reboot of the router.

You have now installed the ExpressVPN firmware on your Linksys router.

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

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4. Connect to the VPN router

Connect your device to the new VPN router via Wi-Fi or LAN cable.

For Wi-Fi, the network name may appear as your defualt Linksys router’s Wi-Fi name. It may take a while to appear in your list of networks.

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

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5. Complete the setup on your router

Once your device is connected to the network, you will see the ExpressVPN router setup screen. If it does not appear, go to expressvpnrouter.com. Select Get Started and follow the instructions.

When the setup is complete, keep a note of your Wi-Fi name and password, and your router password.

Make a note of the important information after the setup is complete.

You have now set up the ExpressVPN app on your router.

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

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