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This tutorial will show you how to set up a VPN on your Huawei router with the L2TP protocol.

Not all ExpressVPN locations may be available for manually configured connections.

Important: L2TP does not offer any encryption and should only be used for anonymization or for changing locations. If you are located in a country with a high level of internet censorship, you are recommended to use the ExpressVPN app for a more stable VPN connection.

The steps below were tested on the Huawei B525. Other models may not be supported. If you are unable to follow the steps below because your device interface looks drastically different, contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for further assistance.

Jump to…

1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
2. Configure your Huawei router
Connect to a different VPN server location
Disconnect from a VPN server location


1. Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

Go to the ExpressVPN setup page. If prompted, enter your ExpressVPN credentials and click Sign In.

Enter your account credentials, then click "Sign In."

Enter the verification code that is sent to your email.

On the right, select L2TP/IPsec.

Click "L2TP/IPsec."

This will show you your username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.

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.

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

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2. Configure your Huawei router

In your browser’s address bar, enter 192.168.1.1 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 username and password. (By default, they are both admin.) Click Log In.

Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.”

In the top menu bar, click the Settings tab. In the sidebar, select VPN.

Select “VPN.”

Enter the following details:

  • Enable L2TP: Check this box.
  • LNS address: Enter the server address you found earlier.
  • Host Name: Enter a name that will help you recognize your VPN connection. For example: ExpressVPN_LA.
  • Tunnel password: Enter 12345678.
  • Handshake interval(s): Enter 60.
  • PPP username: Enter the username you found earlier.
  • PPP password: Enter the password you found earlier.
  • Authentication: Select Auto.

Click Apply.

Enter the details for the L2TP VPN connection, then click “Apply.”

Once the connection is successful, a “Success” message will appear and the Connection Status will change to “Connected.”

Check your IP address to confirm the VPN connection is working.

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

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Connect to a different VPN server location

To connect to a different VPN server location, go to Settings > VPN. Next to LNS address, enter a different server address, then click Apply.

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, go to Settings > VPN. Next to Enable L2TP, uncheck the box, then click Apply.

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

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