How to set up ExpressVPN on a D-Link router with L2TP

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This tutorial guide will show you how to set up a VPN on your D-Link router with the L2TP protocol. After setup, you may connect any number of devices to the VPN.

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

This tutorial was tested using D-Link DIR-842 (Firmware Version: 2.02). Please note some D-Link routers accept only IP addresses and not ExpressVPN server names, while others (e.g. the 225 models) don’t support VPN clients. ExpressVPN cannot provide support for these routers.

If you are encountering difficulties with your specific D-Link router model, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for assistance.

Before you begin, you may wish to make note of your default internet settings. This will help you revert to your original internet settings when the VPN is not needed.

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Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
Configure your D-Link router with the VPN
Disconnect from the VPN server


Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

To begin, sign in to your ExpressVPN account.

ExpressVPN sign-in screen with "Sign In" button highlighted

Click on Set Up on More Devices.

ExpressVPN setup screen with "Set Up on More Devices" button highlighted

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.

Keep this tab open! You will need these details to configure your D-Link router.

Manual Configuration tab with "Click to copy" button highlighted

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

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Configure your D-Link router with the VPN

Access your router’s control panel by typing 192.168.0.1 in your browser’s address bar or by visiting http://dlinkrouter.local. Log in with your router’s administrator password.

D-Link control panel with Admin Password field highlighted

Once you have logged in, click Settings at the top of the screen and select Internet.

D-Link control panel with Internet selected from Settings dropdown

A dropdown menu will appear next to the words “My Internet Connection is.” Select L2TP.

D-Link internet tab with L2TP protocol selected

Fill in the following information:

  • L2TP server IP address: Copy the server address you found above
  • Username: Copy the ExpressVPN manual configuration username you found above
  • Password: Copy the ExpressVPN manual configuration password you found above
  • Reconnect Mode: On demand
  • Maximum idle time: 1

Click Save. You may have to wait while the settings are adjusted and the VPN connects.

D-Link internet tab with relevant fields highlighted

When the router finishes saving your changes, you should be connected to ExpressVPN.

If you want to confirm that you’re connected to the right location, you can check your IP address.

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, return to the D-Link administration page and click Disconnect.

D-Link control panel with "Disconnect" button highlighted

If you want to connect to the internet without VPN, go to InternetSettings.

Next to “My Internet Connection is,” select Dynamic IP (DHCP) and Save your settings.

D-Link internet tab with DHCP highlighted

Your router will be reconnected to the internet without VPN.

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

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