How to Set Up ExpressVPN with PPTP or L2TP on Your Asus Router

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Want easy app setup? If you have an Asus RT-AC68U, RT-AC87U, RT-AC56R, RT-AC56S, or RT-AC56U, you can set up the ExpressVPN app for routers.

This tutorial will teach you how to set up ExpressVPN on your Asus router, using the PPTP or L2TP protocol. This set up is also compatible with Merlin on Asus.

Note: This tutorial is only compatible with the following Asus routers: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-N16If you are unable to connect on your router, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate assistance.

To use ExpressVPN on an Asus router, you are recommended to first use OpenVPN on Asus. If that does not work well for you — for example, if your router hardware cannot deliver sufficient network speeds when using OpenVPN encryption — then you can follow the steps below to use PPTP or L2TP instead.

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Get your VPN account credentials and server location addresses
Configure your ASUS router with the VPN


Get your VPN account credentials and server location addresses

To set up ExpressVPN manually for your ASUS router, you will first need to obtain your ExpressVPN credentials for the manual configuration.

Begin by signing to your ExpressVPN account.

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

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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.

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Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup.

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

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Configure your ASUS router with the VPN

Go to the Asus router control panel on your browser. It should have the address 192.168.1.1 by default (unless you changed it)

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Log in with the username and password you setup for your router account. It should be User Name: admin and Password: admin by default (unless you changed it).

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Click VPN on the left-hand side under Advanced Settings.

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Select PPTP/L2TP Client tab at the top of the page.

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Select Add profile.

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Note: If you want to use a L2TP connection instead, simply select L2TP for WAN Connection Type instead of PPTP. The pre-shared key is 12345678.

In the pop-up box, select PPTP at the top, then fill in the fields as follows:

  • Description: A description to remind you of your VPN connection
  • VPN Server: One of the addresses you obtained above
  • Username: The username you obtained above
  • Password: The password you obtained above
  • PPTP Options: MPPE 128

Hit OK then Activate.

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Congratulations! You should now be connected to the ExpressVPN services. Check your location and IP address to confirm that the VPN connection is working.

If you see that the connection status is crossed out, try entering a different server address in your connection profile.

To change VPN locations, hit the Edit icon and enter a different address, or deactivate your current connection and create a new connection to activate.

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

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