RT-AC86U and ExpressVPN

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Hi All,

I’m looking to setup ExpressVPN on my router only for my PS5. I want to be able to change my location when gaming to specific countries so I can connect to the games servers in that country.

Looking at the ExpressVPN website it looks like the 86U isn’t supported but it states Merlin firmware is so I’m guessing if I was to load Merlin onto my router it would work?

I’m a noob when it comes to stuff like this so thought I’d ask for some help and advice from the experts :)

Is what I’m trying to achieve possible? Can I make so that only my PS5 is using the VPN and the rest of the devices connected to the router aren’t? Is it straightforward to load Merlin onto the router? Is it then a case of simply following ExpressVPN guide for setting up OpenVPN on it?

Sorry for all the questions and apologies if this has all been covered before but I’m a bit nervous messing around with it so wanted some clear guidance before starting.



Part of the Furniture
Yes you can do that with Merlin's firmware using Policy Based Routing: https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin.ng/wiki/Policy-based-routing

Installing Merlin's firmware is straight forward: https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin.ng/wiki/Installation

Bear in mind that you will have to configure separate VPN client profiles on the router for each country you wanted to connect to. To switch between them you would have to log onto the router, turn the current VPN client off and turn the other one on.


Very Senior Member
Thanks for your reply.

So once I’ve loaded Merlin I just follow the below guide to configure the VPN on it?

yes if you get into trouble just use the express VPN chat support services and they will walk you through it. Also you can just set up a second router to pass through the vpn router and just log anything you want local content on to that router

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