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More than just a VPN
Today, more people than ever use a VPN when they’re on Wi-Fi to protect their browsing activity from prying eyes. But you can do better: Put a VPN on your home router to get secure, encrypted Wi-Fi on every device in your home, instantly.
So why is VPN on your router better than the VPN apps you already have running on your devices? Here are some key benefits:
Superior leak protection
VPN apps are convenient, but even die-hard privacy geeks can sometimes forget to switch them on, leaving their WiFi-connected devices temporarily exposed. But if the Wi-Fi itself is protected by a VPN router, there’s no break in coverage, and all connected devices are secured by default.
Some operating systems can also leak DNS traffic outside the VPN tunnel, even if you’re using a VPN app on your device. It’s called a DNS leak, and it can reveal your browsing history to your ISP’s DNS server even when the rest of your traffic is protected. (Curious about your current connection? Try using a leak test to check whether your DNS queries are visible).
VPN routers prevent these leaks because routers have simpler logic that isn’t bound by the complex rules of your device’s OS. ExpressVPN routers ensure every single bit of data that leaves your devices bound for the internet goes through the VPN — or it doesn't get sent at all — forming an airtight seal around your internet traffic.
Faster, easier connection for each new device
Think about how many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi right now. Your computer, your phone, your partner’s laptop, their phone, your Apple TV, your Xbox, and so on. You could manually install VPN on each individual device, but that might take a while. “Hey honey, can I borrow your phone? It’ll just take a second, I swear!”
Or you could install VPN once and have it magically beam the same protection to every other device. That’s what a VPN router does. Protecting any new device is as easy as joining the protected Wi-Fi network.
VPN routers also let you enjoy the benefits of VPN on devices that don’t support traditional “apps”, like smart TVs, game consoles, and streaming media players. There’s also no limit on the number of devices that can share a VPN connection through a router, so there’s no need to purchase a separate VPN subscription for each device or worry about simultaneous connection limits.
How to get a VPN router
ExpressVPN sells routers with VPN pre-installed for plug-and-play convenience. Or, if you already own a VPN-compatible router (like a Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900ACS, or WRT3200ACM), you can download VPN firmware and “flash” it onto the router yourself with step-by-step instructions.
Other VPN providers have manual configs for routers that can be tough to set up, tough to connect, and tough to change location. But ExpressVPN makes the whole process trivially simple with an app you can control from your computer or smartphone. Use it to select any one of 145 VPN server locations around the world and click “Connect” to instantly hide the IP addresses and browsing activity of every device on your network.