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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.
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 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.
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 TP-Link router.
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.
Go to Network > WAN.
Set the WAN Connection Type to L2TP/Russia L2TP.
Enter the manual configuration username, password, and server address that you found earlier.
Leave the MTU Size at 1460 (the default).
Set the Max Idle Time to 0 minutes.
Select Connect on Demand.
Click Save to save all your settings.
Connect to the VPN server
Once the router control panel page has refreshed, click Connect to connect to the VPN server.
Great! Your TP-Link router is now connected to the VPN server with L2TP.
Disconnect from the VPN server
To disconnect from the VPN server, go to Network > WAN and click Disconnect.