ExpressVPN in Beijing (6 months and counting) Part 3

Continued from ExpressVPN in Beijing (6 months and counting) Part 2


9. Updating the ExpressVPN app for macOS is done manually with a set up wizard, and somewhat inconvenient. On the plus side, you won't have to register the macOS PC if you registered it before.

10. The Android version of the app has TLS-authentication issues depending on the version of Android your device originally came with. My Sony Xperia C3, which came with Android 5.x, requires a manual VPN configuration after an Android reset because a reset of the system lacks the necessary TLS software and certificates to support ExpressVPN. Once you update Android components via Google Play, the ExpressVPN app works as designed and you can do away with the manual configuration.

For additional details, refer to ExpressVPN TLS-authentication issue (Android 5.x and later)

11. Uninstall and reinstall the ExpressVPN desktop app if you upgraded the macOS desktop app or performed a macOS OS update, and ExpressVPN is inaccessible.

Refer to Quick Fix: ExpressVPN app stalling after MacOSX update for details.




12. Although it's rare, there are occasions when you will get disconnected, but the macOS/Linux/Android version of the app indicates you are still connected.

13. If you are running a FreeBSD/TrueOS machine on your network, it's best to set up ExpressVPN on the router rather than the PC itself to avoid IP address issues.

14. One advantage of using ExpressVPN apps is that you don't need to muck around the Chinese-language UI of CPE provided by telecommunications or Internet providers such as China Telecom and China Mobile. On the downside, setting up ExpressVPN on the router allows devices without VPN support (ebook readers such as the Kobo Glo and media players such as the WD TV Live) to take advantage of the service.


15. If you have consumer NAS on your network, such as the WD My Cloud or entry-level Synology or QNAP products, you may need to configure IP addressing to static to avoid any IP address issues. Consumer NAS products generally won't have problems, but if you run Linux or FreeBSD routers or servers, minor configuration may be needed.


Continued in ExpressVPN in Beijing (6 months and counting) Part 4

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