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This tutorial guide will show you how to set up a VPN on your D-Link Router with the L2TP protocol. After setup, you may connect any number of devices to the VPN.
Note: This tutorial was tested with the following router: D-Link DIR-842 (Firmware Version: 2.02). Since there are so many models of D-Link routers, we could not test this setup on all of them. Additionally, some D-Link routers only allow IP addresses to get entered on them, so they do not accept ExpressVPN server names. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide IP addresses for setup on those routers.
Before you begin, you may wish to make note of your default Internet settings. This will help you revert to your original Internet settings when the VPN is not required.
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Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
To begin, sign in to your ExpressVPN account.
Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.
Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec on the right. This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.
Keep this tab open! You will need these details to configure your D-Link router.
Configure your D-Link router with the VPN
Access your router’s control panel by typing 192.168.0.1 in your browser’s address bar or by visiting http://dlinkrouter.local. Log in with your router’s administrator password.
Once you have logged in, click Settings at the top of the screen and select Internet.
A drop-down menu will appear next to the words “My Internet Connection is”. Select L2TP.
Fill in the following information:
- L2TP server IP address: copy the server address you found above
- Username: copy the ExpressVPN manual config username you found above
- Password: copy the ExpressVPN manual config password you found above
- Reconnect Mode: On demand
- Maximum idle time: 1
Click Save. You may have to wait while the settings are adjusted and the VPN connects.
When the router finishes saving your changes, you should be connected to ExpressVPN.
If you want to confirm that you’re connected to the right location, you can check your IP address.
Disconnect from the VPN server
To disconnect from the VPN server, return to the D-Link administration page and click Disconnect.
If you want to connect to the internet without VPN, go to Internet > Settings.
Next to ‘My Internet Connection is:”, select Dynamic IP (DHCP) and Save your settings.
Your router will be reconnected to the internet without VPN.