ExpressVPN Virtual Private Network Router Review

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Something a little different for Hardwareslave regulars, the ExpressVPN Virtual Private Network internet router. The idea behind the ExpressVPN Router is to allow users to browse online with any of their devices with privacy and security without worrying about connecting to VPN when they connect.

Theresa May’s controversial Investigatory Powers Bill, the so called “snoopers charter”, has been passed despite over 145,000 signatures on the UK government’s own UK Petitions website. While it’s going to be UK law from the 31st December 2016, a law that demands all UK ISPs to record all internet traffic history for 12 months, it’s not the only threat to your privacy, you still have the United States federal government ‘legal hacking’ bill due to become available for federal usage on the 1st December 2016. All a bit right wing for us, and a lot of people around the world.

It’s probably one of the highest-level concerns for most people who use an internet connected device, privacy. Privacy isn’t hard to achieve but it’s not usually convenient. The idea behind ExpressVPN is a convenient, always on, private connection for all your devices connected to your network where you have the ExpressVPN router connected. That’s convenient, and pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to achieve a good level of privacy and that adds up to a load more internet security.

There’s a little more to it than privacy though, with a selection of connection points, ExpressVPN allows content from around the world that’s normally geographically blocked, online privacy as we have said and unblocking websites, again normally geographically blocked, amongst other benefits. Check out their website for more information.


There are a couple of different ways to get the proposed benefits of ExpressVPN, we’ll be using the Linksys WRT1200AC with the ExpressVPN custom firmware. The number of ways to get ExpressVPN is pretty much mind boggling, and that’s no PR pitch. ExpressVPN look ready for the demand that’s just about to come their way with the passing of the “Snooping” and “Hacking” powers Governments will now exercise.

ExpressVPN Virtual Private Network Router Review

Package - 8
Performance - 8
Price - 8
Consumer Experience - 9


Just like most components that only have a few actual outputs or functions, the ExpressVPN Router and service do everything they are supposed to without any fuss. That’s going to be our main point here, it was truly seamless, and with the choice of a Linksys WRT1200AC router, throughput performance, or Wi-Fi performance was as expected, good for the type of hardware. Between Wi-Fi testing on an iPad 2 Air, our Server and main test system, we had no issues with any aspect of the ExpressVPN service, in fact it enhanced our internet presence.

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