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
Connect to the VPN server
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.

Go to Network > WAN.

Set the WAN Connection Type to L2TP/Russia L2TP.

Enter your usernamepassword, 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.

tp link router configuration

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

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Connect to the VPN server

Once the router control panel page has refreshed, click Connect to connect to the VPN server.

click connect to connect to the vpn server

Great! Your TP-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, go to Network > WAN and click Disconnect.

click to disconnect

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

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