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

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This tutorial guide will walk you through the steps to set up a VPN on your TP-Link Router with the L2TP protocol.

Note:  The testing setup for this tutorial was done on the following router: TP-Link TL-WR940N (c 3.16.9 Build 150311 Rel.62186n). Since there are so many models of TP-Link routers, not all of them were tested. Additionally, some TP-Link routers only allow IP addresses to get entered on them, so they do not accept ExpressVPN server names. ExpressVPN cannot provide IP addresses for setup on those routers.

Please note that not all TP-Link router models are supported. If you are encountering difficulties for your specific TP-Link router model, please contact the ExpressVPN Support Team for immediate 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 TP-Link router with the VPN
Disconnect from the VPN server


Find your ExpressVPN account credentials

In order to use ExpressVPN on your TP-Link router, you will need a server address and your account credentials. 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 TP-Link router.

copy pptp and l2tp info

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

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Configure your TP-Link router with the VPN

Access your router’s control panel by typing the URL to the router admin panel in your browser’s address bar. (You can find this URL in the documentation that came with your router.) Log in with your router’s username and password.

At the top of the page, click on the Advanced tab.

click advanced

On the sidebar, go to Network > Internet.

click internet

Set the Internet Connection Type to L2TP.

Enter the following information:

  • Username: paste the manual configuration username you found earlier.
  • Password: paste the manual configuration password you found earlier.
  • VPN Server IP/Domain Name: paste the manual configuration server address you found earlier.

Make sure the Secondary Connection is set to Dynamic IP.

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Leave the MTU Size at 1460 (the default).

Set the Connection Mode to Manually.

Set the Max Idle Time to 0 minutes.

Click Connect.

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You can click Save to save all your settings.

IMPORTANT: You will need to allow for some time for the connection to be completed. After hitting “Connect”, scroll up and check that IP Address and Primary Address do NOT display 0.0.0.0. Only when both these fields are not showing 0.0.0.0 will you be able to access the internet.

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, click on the Advanced tab.

On the sidebar, go to Network > Internet.

Near the bottom of the page, click Disconnect.

disconnect vpn

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

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