How to setup ExpressVPN on a D-Link Router with L2TP

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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.

If you are encountering difficulties for your specific D-Link router model, please contact support for further 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 required.

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


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.

open the welcome email

If you can’t find the link, log in to your account here.

sign in to our website

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.

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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.

Please note this information as you will need it to configure your D-Link router.

copy pptp and l2tp info

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. Log in with your router’s username and password.

log in to your d-link router

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.

network settings

In the Setup tab, click INTERNET CONNECTION TYPE. From the dropdown menu, select L2TP (Username / Password).

enter your credentials

Select Dynamic IP (DHCP). Enter your server address, username, and password that you found earlier.

Set the Maximum Idle Time to 0 and leave the MTU at 1400 bytes.

Click Save Settings.

configure your l2tp settings for your d-link router

Your router will now ask you to reboot it. Click Reboot Now.

reboot your router now

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

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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.

connect your d-link router to the vpn server

Great! Your D-Link router is now connected to the VPN server with L2TP.

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 STATUS screen and click Disconnected.

disconnect the d-link router from the vpn server

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

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