A Comprehensive Guide to PPTP, L2TP, and Other VPN Protocols

What are VPN protocols?

VPN protocols are the methods by which your device connects to a VPN server.

ExpressVPN supports four protocols:

Configure your VPN to choose the best protocol

If you're using a VPN app, leave the app set to choose a protocol automatically. This setting is on by default and will automatically select the protocol best suited to your network.

If you're not using a VPN app, or you're not satisfied with your connection, try the following protocols in this order:

  1. OpenVPN with UDP
  2. OpenVPN with TCP
  3. SSTP
  4. L2TP/IPsec
  5. PPTP

If your device still fails to connect after trying all the different protocols, talk to the ExpressVPN support team.