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This guide will show you how to change the VPN protocol on an ExpressVPN router.
VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server. ExpressVPN recommends using the Automatic protocol option, which is selected by default and automatically chooses the protocol most suitable for your network conditions. If you are unable to connect to ExpressVPN with the Automatic setting, we suggest you try another VPN protocol.
Different types of VPN protocols
Your ExpressVPN router recommends using the Automatic protocol option, which is selected by default. If you are unable to connect with the Automatic option, you can try these other protocols (if available):
Lightway (UDP or TCP)
Lightway is ExpressVPN’s next-generation protocol, optimized for speed, security, and stability. Lightway – UDP is optimal for most networks, but Lightway – TCP may connect better on certain networks.
OpenVPN (UDP or TCP)
OpenVPN offers a great combination of speed and security. OpenVPN – UDP is optimal for most networks, but OpenVPN – TCP may connect better on certain networks.
IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange Version 2) offers a fast connection, yet may not work on all networks.
Change VPN protocols on an ExpressVPN router
In the left sidebar, click VPN Options > VPN Preferences.
Select your preferred protocol, then click Save.