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This tutorial will show you how to manually configure ExpressVPN on your Asus router, using the PPTP or L2TP protocol. This setup is also compatible with Merlin on Asus.
The steps below are only for the following Asus routers models: RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U, RT-AC87U, RT-AC5300, RT-AC3200, RT-AC3100, RT-AC1750, RT-AC88U, RT-AC66R, RT-AC55U, RT-N53, RT-N16.
1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
To set up ExpressVPN manually for your Asus router, you will first need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials.
On the ExpressVPN setup page, enter your ExpressVPN credentials. Click Sign In.
Click Manual Configuration on the left side of the screen. 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 browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.
2. Configure your ASUS router
In your browser’s address bar, enter router.asus.com to access the router admin panel.
If the address for your router’s admin panel was changed in the past and you cannot remember it, you can find it in your device’s settings.
Sign in with your router’s username and password. By default, they are both admin.
In the sidebar, click VPN.
At the top, click the VPN Client tab. Then click Add profile.
Select the PPTP or L2TP tab, then enter the following details:
- Description: Enter any name that will help you recognize your VPN connection. We recommend that you type in the location name of the server address you will use later. For example: ExpressVPN LA.
- VPN Server: Paste the manual configuration server address you found earlier.
- Username: Paste the manual configuration username you found earlier.
- Password: Paste the manual configuration password you found earlier.
- (For PPTP) PPTP Options: Select MPPE 128.
Click Activate to start the VPN.
Once the connection is successful, you will see a tick icon under Connection Status.
Check your location and IP address to confirm the VPN connection is working.
If you can’t connect, retry the steps above or repeat the process with a different server address.
To change VPN locations, click the Edit icon and enter a different server address. Alternatively, you can deactivate your current connection and create a new connection to activate.