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This tutorial will show you how to set up ExpressVPN on your QNAP NAS using the L2TP/IPsec protocol.

Important: L2TP/IPsec provides weak security benefits and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations.

Before proceeding, make sure to set up your QNAP device and connect it to the same network as your computer.

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1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
2. Log in to your QNAP device
3. Install QVPN Service
4. Set up a VPN connection
5. Connect to a VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location


1. 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.

Select "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. Log in to your QNAP device

If you know the IP address of your QNAP, enter it in your web browser to log in. Proceed to installing QVPN Service.

If you don’t know the IP address of your QNAP, install Qfinder Pro to locate the QNAP on your network.

Open Qfinder Pro. When your QNAP device appears, double-click it.

When your QNAP device appears, double-click it

You will be redirected to the login page. Click Login and enter your username and password. Click Login.

Click “Login.”

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

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3. Install QVPN Service

Setting up a VPN connection requires installing QVPN Service.

To install, go to the App Center. At the top, search for QVPN Service. Select it, then click Install.

Click “Install.”

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

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4. Set up a VPN connection

In your QNAP dashboard, select QVPN Service.

In your QNAP dashboard, select “QVPN Service.”

In the sidebar, select VPN Client.

In the sidebar, select “VPN Client.”

Click Add > L2TP/IPsec.

Select “L2TP/IPsec.”

In the Create VPN Connection screen, enter the following details:

  • Profile Name: Enter any name that will help you recognize your VPN connection.
  • Server Address: Enter one of the server addresses provided (e.g., la-abc-abcd.abcde.com).
  • Username: Enter the username you found earlier.
  • Password: Enter the password you found earlier.
  • Authentication: Select MS-CHAPv2.
  • Preshared key: Enter 12345678.
  • Specify the subnet mask: Leave it as is.
  • Use default gateway on remote network: Check this box.

Click Create.

Click “Create.”

To add another location, repeat the above steps with another VPN server address.

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

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5. Connect to a VPN server location

To connect to a VPN server location, click Connect.

Click “Connect.”

When you are connected to ExpressVPN successfully, you will see the word “Connected.”

When you are connected to ExpressVPN successfully, you will see the word “Connected.”

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

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Disconnect from a VPN server location

To disconnect from a VPN server location, click DisconnectTo disconnect from a VPN server location, click “Disconnect.”

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

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