How to install ExpressVPN on a Virgin router

Virgin router with ExpressVPN logo

If you wish to protect your internet connection completely, and make sure that no one can see what you do online, the easiest way to do so is to use a VPN on your router.

However, if you wish to install one of the most reliable VPNs, such as ExpressVPN, on a Virgin router, you may soon find that there are complications.

So let’s find out how you can go about getting a VPN onto your Virgin Media Superhub or other kind of router.

Bad news first

Let’s start with the bad news, which is that it is not possible to install a VPN on a Virgin Media router.

This is because Virgin routers simply do not come with VPN capability built-in.

They are made for home use, and you cannot just add a VPN to them.

The good news is that there are alternatives, and while this may not be what you had in mind, it will certainly keep you from online dangers and our first solution at least will be more along the lines of what you were probably thinking.

Let’s see what the solutions include.

Solution 1: InvizBox 2 or 2 Pro

Our first alternative way of protecting your Virgin Media router is to use the Invizbox 2 or 2 Pro in combination with your Virgin router.

The Invizbox 2 is a small VPN router that you can plug into your Virgin Media router.

This can protect any devices connected to it, as the Invizbox 2 does offer VPN protection.

By connecting the two, you can create VPN-connected WiFi hotspots, or you can connect them via cable, and have a completely protected connection to any devices connecting to the InvizBox 2.

Essentially it acts as a middleman between all your devices and your Virgin Media router.

InvizBox 2 VPN router

InvizBox 2 VPN router

The InvizBox 2 is a dedicated VPN router but because it’s a dedicated device it doesn’t have the costs of a full-sized router nor take up as much space in your home or office.

InvizBox 2 comes preconfigured with VPN credentials and it will auto-connect to the closest VPN endpoints or you can set it to a location of your choice.

All you have to do is connect it to your Virgin Media router and power it on.

The Invizbox 2 and 2 Pro can either be used with its own dedicated VPN service or can be configured for the leading VPN service ExpressVPN or others including NordVPN and IPVanish.

Solution 2: App-based VPN

The second alternative is to use a VPN app to protect your connection on an individual basis.

This would not have anything to do with the Virgin Media router itself. Instead, you would install a VPN app on each of your devices, and turn it on when you use the device.

ExpressVPN, for example, allows you to use five devices simultaneously and other providers like IPVanish allow ten, with Surfshark even claiming to allow an unlimited number.

You can still install the VPN app on an unlimited number of devices, but you can only use it on 5 of them simultaneously in the case of ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN windows app

ExpressVPN’s desktop footprint is small.

This is enough to cover most of the devices that you may wish to use at the same time.

The only negative here is that you have to install it on each device, and activate it manually. However, there is the possibility of setting them to ‘auto-connect’.

ExpressVPN is our top-rated provider, with over 3,000 servers in 94 different countries, and with it, you can unblock pretty much any content on the internet,

Not to mention that it has excellent privacy and security features. It also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

However, as already mentioned, you will need to install it on each device, so it’s not a real solution for having a VPN on your Virgin Media router.

Benefits of using a VPN on Virgin

If you are wondering what the benefits of using a VPN in the first place are, here are the top 3 reasons why they’re suitable for Virgin specifically:

1) Avoid throttling

Internet providers work in mysterious ways, and they are known for internet throttling if they deduce that their customers are doing something that they do not like, or you’re doing bandwidth-heavy tasks like streaming.

Virgin Media are one such internet provider who states they’ll reduce your speeds when using P2P or Usenet networks.

With a VPN, you can hide your online actions completely, and your internet provider would have no idea what you are doing. That way, they cannot slow down your speeds based on your activity.

2) Find faster routes

Another reason why you should consider using a VPN is to achieve the best possible speeds.

Simply put, the server to which you connect through a VPN may have faster routes to the destinations you go to.

That means that, when you send a request for information to a website, the information has fewer hops to do before it reaches you or it follows less congested routes than it usually would.

It is an excellent way to speed things up, but it also works well when sites appear ‘down’ when you connect directly through your Virgin connection.

It doesn’t work all the time but it can help.

3) Retain your privacy

Last, but not least, you can keep your privacy.

This is hard to do on the internet these days, with all the websites using tracking and other kinds of cookies, government surveillance in most countries, hackers who sneak about, trying to gain access to peoples’ devices, and alike.

Not to mention advertisers, social networks, and all other companies that log your data and online actions.

If you wish to be truly private, you need a VPN to make that happen, and any of the methods we described above can help you achieve it.

Summary

If you are worried about your online privacy, or you wish to unblock geo-restricted or censored content, or you simply want a steady, fast connection – the easiest way to achieve it all is to use a VPN.

Unfortunately, your Virgin Media router won’t let you install one directly on it no matter how hard you try.

You can easily use an InvizBox 2 or 2 Pro router that you attach to your Virgin Media router and protect your entire connection, or you could install ExpressVPN on each device you own and protect yourself that way.

They’re just two of the most reliable ways to ensure your Virgin internet connection is protected.

All that you have to do now is choose the one most suitable for your needs.

Ali Raza

Author: Ali Raza

Ali is a journalist with a keen interest in VPN usage. He is an expert in the field and has been covering VPN related topics for VPNCompare and numerous well-respected publications for many years.

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