How to set up ExpressVPN on a Huawei router with L2TP

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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to set up a VPN on your Huawei router with the L2TP protocol. After setup, you may connect any number of devices to the VPN.

Note: This tutorial used the Huawei B525 router as a test device. Other models may not be supported. If you are encountering difficulties for your specific router model, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for further assistance.

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Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
Configure your Huawei router with the VPN
Connect to another VPN server
Disconnect from the VPN server


Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

To begin, sign in to your ExpressVPN account.

sign in to your expressvpn account

Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or signed in to the website, click on Set Up on More Devices.

set up on more devices windows

Click on Manual Config on the left side of the screen and then select PPTP & L2TP-IPSec on the right. This will show you your usernamepassword, and a list of server addresses around the world.

Please note this information as you will need it to configure your Huawei router.

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

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Configure your Huawei router with the VPN

Access your router’s control panel by entering 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.8.1. If that does not work, see how to find your router’s default gateway.

If this is your first time signing in, use the credentials supplied at the bottom of the router.

Note: This will become your router dashboard password going forward, so be sure to keep a record of it somewhere.

huawei router login

Click on Settings > VPN.

huawei settings vpn

Fill in the details as follows:

  • Enable L2TP: Checked
  • LNS address: paste the ExpressVPN manual config address you found above
  • Host Name: A name of your choice
  • Tunnel password: 12345678
  • Handshake interval(s): 60
  • Username: paste the ExpressVPN manual config username you found above
  • Password: paste the ExpressVPN manual config password you found above
  • Authentication: Auto

Click Apply.

huawei configure vpn

When you see a “Success” message, check your IP to ensure you are connected to the VPN via your router.

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

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Connect to another VPN server

To connect to a different ExpressVPN location, change the VPN server address next to LNS address and click Apply.

Enter a new address in the LNS address box.

When you see a “Success” message, check your IP to ensure you are connected to the new location via your router.

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

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Disconnect from the VPN server

To disconnect from the VPN server, uncheck the box next to Enable L2TP and click Apply.

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

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