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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAtoz View Post
    My thanks for this post. I use IPVanish. I had this working before and then lost capability with the latest firmware. I downgraded to .20648 version but couldn't even ping after apply it. Your suggestion to replace the server with the actual IP fixed this. It was simple to find the server entry in IPVanish's opvn files and update the .COM entry.

    I hope this helps others getting VPN Fusion working.
    I tried setting up ExpressVPN and it doesn't work for me at all...I have used this VPN for years and after switching to this router I cannot get it to work. *As soon as I set up NordVPN, it works right away.

    I did downgrade to a different FW as someone suggested in some earlier posts and that did the trick but then what is the point of having to do that?? *You hope that newer FWs should make these issues a thing of the past...but that has not been the case so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tunakok View Post
    I tried setting up ExpressVPN and it doesn't work for me at all...I have used this VPN for years and after switching to this router I cannot get it to work. *As soon as I set up NordVPN, it works right away.

    I did downgrade to a different FW as someone suggested in some earlier posts and that did the trick but then what is the point of having to do that?? *You hope that newer FWs should make these issues a thing of the past...but that has not been the case so far.
    Have you tried different ExpressVON servers? Which ones have you tried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROG2112 View Post
    I had the same problem with express and got the VPN Fusion to work as follows:

    1) The OPVN file you download from express has the host name of a server for the location you chose followed by a port number (looks like "usaxxxxx.com"). You need to edit the file before uploading it to your AC5300 so that the host name is a numeric IP address corresponding to the .COM name. You can look up the ip using one of the tools like:

    https://www.ultratools.com/tools/dnsLookup

    multiple IP's will be returned...I have no idea which is the best, so I tried each one until I had a stable connect. You need to substitute the x.x.x.x IP for the .COM string in the OPVN file - edit it using notepad and save it making sure you save it with the .OPVN file extension. Then try uploading that and activating it. I would think if you did a chat session with express that they could give you the numeric IP of the .COM name.


    2) make sure you use google DNS (8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4) for the WAN DNS in the AC5300 menu


    3) if you lose power or reboot your AC5300, you need to reload the OPVN file...it is a pain but is the only way I have found to get express working again. Also, it takes a long time to bring up the VPN fusion page after a power cycle for some reason....like 2 minutes for me.


    4) I use express for my default connection and main Internet for the exceptions. Another hassle is that I need to deactivate/activate each exception list entry after the OPVN upload to get my exception list entries to correct MTU and expected speeds from my main internet.


    I just got this AC5300 for the VPN Fusion and am frustrated by the hassle to get express to work...but it does work once you get it going. I hope ASUS gets the kinks ironed out eventually for OPVN files from express so that it works without the edits. I signed up for various trials with different services and noticed that NORD worked without the edits......I looked at the NORD OPVN file and noticed it had the numeric IP which is why it worked right away.

    For some reason, the .COM name is not able to resolve properly using express so either express needs to use the IP or ASUS needs to figure out how to resolve the .COM name properly.

    Another thing I found is that express does not have a readily available list of its own DNS servers like NORD or google...the only way to use expressVPN DNS servers for privacy is to connect with their expressVPN software client. So even when using an express connection with Fusion, the web traffic lookups are still passed through the WAN DNS specified within the router settings.

    I hope this makes some sense...good luck.

    Excellent work!!! *This finally has my ExpressVPN working! Thank you very much! *
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    Just curious in regards to fusion stopping all internet access, if other people have tried a fresh install of the server list and exception rules with success too, rather than the typically suggested firmware rollback? Seems like a better fix to me.
    Also wondering why other than already having a subscription to Express you would opt for them over Nord? From my limited experience Nord support seemed more receptive to aiding with setup for this Router plus the service was far cheaper?

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