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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps 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: This tutorial was tested with the following router: D-Link DIR-605L (Firmware Version: 2.05UI). Since there are so many models of D-Link routers, we could not test this setup on all of them. Additionally, some D-Link routers only allow IP addresses to get entered on them, so they do not accept our server names. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide IP addresses for setup on those routers.
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 required.
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Find your ExpressVPN account credentials
In order to use ExpressVPN on your D-Link router, you will need a server address, your account credentials, and the IPSec pre-shared key. This section of the tutorial will show you how to find all of this information.
Open the Welcome Email you received when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click the link in the email.
If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.
Once you’ve clicked the link in the welcome email or logged into the website, click on Set Up ExpressVPN on the Active Subscriptions page.
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 username, password, and a list of server addresses around the world.
Please note this information as you will need it to configure your D-Link router.
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. Log in with your router’s username and password.
Once you have logged in, click Advanced at the bottom of the screen.
Note: Please make note of your default Internet settings before you make any changes. This will help you revert to your original Internet settings when the VPN is not required.
In the Setup tab, click INTERNET CONNECTION TYPE. From the dropdown menu, select L2TP (Username / Password).
Select Dynamic IP (DHCP). Enter your username, password, and the server address you want to connect to (this information was found earlier).
Set the Maximum Idle Time to 0 and leave the MTU at 1400 bytes.
Click Save Settings.
Your router will now ask you to reboot it. Click Reboot Now.
Connect to the VPN server
Once your router has rebooted, click STATUS on the top navigation bar and scroll down to the INTERNET section. Click Connect to connect to the VPN server.
Great! Your D-Link router is now connected to the VPN server with L2TP.
Disconnect from the VPN server
To disconnect from the VPN server, return to the STATUS screen and click Disconnected.