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This tutorial will show you how to set up a VPN on your Synology using L2TP/IPsec or PPTP. Before setting up ExpressVPN for your Synology, you will need to set up your Synology and turn off IPv6.

Important: L2TP/IPsec provides weak security benefits, while PPTP provides no security benefits. These protocols should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.

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1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
2. Turn off IPv6 on your Synology
3. Create a new VPN profile
4. Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location


Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

On the ExpressVPN setup page, enter your ExpressVPN credentials. Click Sign In.

Enter your ExpressVPN credentials, then select “Sign In.”

Click Manual Configuration on the left side of the screen. Then select PPTP & L2TP/IPsec on the right. This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Click "PPTP & L2TP/IPsec."

Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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2. Turn off IPv6 on your Synology

Turning off IPv6 helps prevent IPv6 traffic from leaking outside of the VPN tunnel.

To turn off IPv6, go to Control Panel > Network.

Go to “Control Panel” and select “Network.”

Click Network Interface > LAN. Click Edit.

Click “LAN”, then click “Edit.”

In the Edit menu, click IPv6. For IPv6 setup, select Off.

Click OK. Next, reboot your Synology.

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3. Create a new VPN profile

To add a new VPN profile, go to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface.

Click Create > Create VPN Profile.

Click “Create VPN profile.”

On the VPN Connection Method screen, select PPTP or L2TP/IPsec, depending on your connection preference.

Important: You are recommended to use L2TP/IPsec which provides more security than PPTP. 

Refer to the section corresponding to your connection method below.

Select L2TP/IPSec.

Select “L2TP/IPSec.”

Click Next.

On the General Settings screen, enter the following:

  • Profile name: Enter a name that will help you recognize your VPN connection. For example: ExpressVPN_NY.
  • Server address: Enter the server address you found earlier.
  • User name: Enter the username you found earlier.
  • Password: Enter the password you found earlier.
  • Pre-shared key: Enter 12345678.

Click Next.

Select "Next."

On the Advanced Settings screen, select the following:

  • Authentication: Select MS CHAP v2.

Check the boxes for the following options:

  • Use default gateway on remote network
  • Server is behind NAT device
  • Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost

Click Apply.

Click “Apply.”

Select PPTP.

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Click Next.

On the General Settings screen, enter the following:

  • Profile name: Enter a name that will help you recognize your VPN connection. For example: ExpressVPN_NY
  • Server address: Enter the server address you found earlier.
  • User name: Enter the username you found earlier.
  • Password: Enter the password you found earlier

Click Next.

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On the Advanced Settings screen, select the following:

  • Authentication: Select MS CHAP v2.
  • Encryption: Select Maximum MPPE (128 bit).

Check the boxes for the following options:

  • Use default gateway on remote network
  • Reconnect when the VPN connection is lost

Click Apply.

Click “Apply.”

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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4. Connect to a VPN server location

You will now see your new VPN profile in the Network Interface window. Select the new VPN Profile you created, then click Connect.

Click "Connect."

When the VPN is connected, you will see the word “Connected” under your profile name.

When your ExpressVPN is connected, you will see the word “Connected.”

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Control Panel > Network > Network Interface. Click the VPN profile, then click Disconnect.

Click "Disconnect."

Need help? Contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

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