How to Download, Install and Use ExpressVPN on a DrayTek Router

In case you have a DrayTek router (powered by DrayOS), there’s a big chance you can take advantage of a VPN service. With that said, we’re here to show you how to set up ExpressVPN on your DrayTek router. So, here’s everything you need to know.

Note

ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a list of supported DrayTek routers. However, this VPN has been tested on the Vigor 2926 model. Therefore, ExpressVPN should work on a range of DrayTek’s Vigor routers – as long as they support L2TP/IPsec connections. 

Important

When it comes to DrayOS-powered routers, keep in mind that ExpressVPN brings an L2TP/IPsec connection. This protocol doesn’t have the same high-level encryption as other protocols (such as OpenVPN), so we recommend it only for unblocking digital services (like media streaming services). It shouldn’t be used for anonymization. 

1. Let’s start this process by letting you sign up for ExpressVPN

2. Once you find yourself on ExpressVPN’s site, click on 'Get ExpressVPN.'

3. First, select a subscription (long-term ones come with interesting savings, by the way). 

4. Provide your email address and fill out your payment information

5. Once done, check your email inbox for a confirmation email from ExpressVPN.

6. Then, return to the home page of ExpressVPN’s website.

7. Using the website’s main menu, click on 'My Account.'

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

8. Input your email address and password, and click on 'Sign In.'

9. You’ll need to supply your verification code as well, so check your email inbox. 

10. Once you access your online dashboard, select 'Set Up Other Devices.'

11. On the left side, you’ll see the supported devices. Click on 'Manual Configuration.'

L2TP Configuration for ExpressVPN

12. On the right, select 'PPTP & L2TP/IPSec.'

13. This is when you'll see your username and password – so make a note of those. 

L2TP Setup for ExpressVPN

14. Also, pick a server just below and make a note of its server address

15. Now, log in to your DrayTek router using the 192.168.1.1 IP (input it in the Address bar).

16. Input your router’s username and password (both should be 'admin' by default). 

17. Then, navigate to VPN & Remote Access > LAN to LAN

LAN to LAN Settings DrayTek Router

18. In the 'Index' column, select a number to create a new VPN profile. 

19. Then, access the newly created VPN profile. We’ll need to edit its parameters. 

20. First, fill out the 'Common Settings' fields by following the instructions below. 

  • Profile Name: Use any name that lets you recognize your connection.
  • Enable This Profile: Make sure this box is checked. 
  • VPN Dial-Out Through: Select a WAN policy (like 'WAN1 First'). 
  • Call Direction: Select 'Dial-Out.'
  • Always On: Feel free to enable this option. 
Common Settings DrayOS Router Admin Panel

21. Then, fill out the 'Dial-Out Settings' segment, as per the instructions below. 

  • Type of Server: Select 'L2TP with IPSec' and 'Must.'
  • Server IP: Copy the chosen server address from your online dashboard. 
  • Username: Copy your username from ExpressVPN’s dashboard. 
  • Password: Copy your password from your online dashboard. 
  • IKE Authentication Method: Select 'Pre-Shared Key.'
  • IKE Authentication Method: Now, enter '12345678.'
  • IPsec Security Method: Select 'High (ESP)' and 'AES with Authentication.'
Dial Out Settings on DrayTek Router

22. You also need to fill out the 'TCP/IP Settings' fields, as instructed below. 

  • Remote Network Mask: Select '0.0.0.0 / 00.'
  • From First Subnet to Remote Network: Select 'NAT.'
  • Change Default Route to This VPN Tunnel: Enable this option. 
TCP IP Settings on DrayTek Router

23. Then, you can configure split tunneling on a DrayTek router. 

24. Using the left-placed sidebar, navigate to Routing > Load-Balance/Route Policy

Route Policy Menu Item DrayTek

25. In the 'Index' column, select a number to create a new route. 

26. Now, you’ll need to fill out a number of fields, as explained just below. 

  • Enable: Start by checking this box. 
  • Comment: Provide a name for your split tunneling operation. 
  • Source: If you want to route all your traffic through the VPN tunnel, pick 'Any.' And if you want to send the traffic of a specific LAN through the VPN tunnel, select 'IP Subnet.' Then, enter the required information for 'Network' and 'Mask.'
  • Destination: Feel free to pick 'Any.'
  • Destination Port: Pick 'Any.'
  • Interface: Select 'VPN' and then pick the previously created VPN connection. 
  • Gateway: Select 'Default Gateway.'
  • Failover To: If you want to use another network if your primary VPN connection is unavailable, check this box and then pick that other network. 
  • Gateway: Once again, select 'Default Gateway.'
  • Failback: If you want your Web traffic to be routed immediately once your primary VPN connection is online again, make sure to check this box. 
Setting Up Split Tunneling on DrayTek Router

27. Select 'OK.' From this moment on, your traffic will flow as per your instructions. 

28. To check if everything is correct, navigate to VPN > Connection Management

VPN Connection Status on DrayTek Router

29. Your VPN connection should be displayed in the 'VPN Connection Status' segment. 

Tip

We also recommend checking for any leaks via ExpressVPN’s IP address checker. Use the provided link, and ExpressVPN will automatically read your IP. Keep in mind that the location displayed there should not match your physical location.

30. If you’d like to disconnect, navigate to VPN and Remote Access > LAN to LAN

31. Under 'Common Settings,' uncheck the 'Enable This Profile' option. 

32. Lastly, press 'OK' to confirm your decision. That’s it!

That would be all on how to set up and use ExpressVPN on a DrayTek DrayOS router. In case you have any questions, know that you can count on us. Just make sure to post your comment below. And lastly, thank you for reading!

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