How to Set Up and Use ExpressVPN on Huawei Router

By Novak Bozovic / July 7, 2023

ExpressVPN no longer supports L2TP/IPsec through manual configuration, which makes the following instructions obsolete. To configure this VPN on a router, your device must support OpenVPN. That said, learn how to set up ExpressVPN on a router (if you have an OpenVPN-powered one) or set up ExpressVPN through its native software.

You can set up ExpressVPN on a Huawei router using the L2TP protocol. That means you can use ExpressVPN on a Huawei router to unblock websites and digital services, but your traffic won't be encrypted (L2TP should not be confused with L2TP/IPsec).

So, if you're okay with using a non-encrypted tunnel, know that ExpressVPN has been tested on Huawei's B525 router (as per the VPN's documentation). However, it should work with any model that supports L2TP VPN connections. Consult your router's manual for additional information or turn to ExpressVPN's support.

With that out of our way, let's show you how to get ExpresVPN to work on your Huawei router.

How to Set Up ExpressVPN on a Huawei Router

ExpressVPN supports manual configuration on Huawei routers, which means you'll need to access your router's dashboard. Here's what needs to be done:

1. Sign up for ExpressVPN using your computer and any Web browser.

2. Upon signing up, click "My Account" using the top-placed main menu on ExpressVPN's site. Enter your credentials and access your ExpressVPN account dashboard.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

3. Navigate to Set Up Other Devices > Manual Configuration. On the right, pick "L2TP/IPSec." You should see your L2TP username and password. Also, pick a VPN server and note its L2TP server addresses.

L2TP Setup for ExpressVPN

4. Proceed to access your Huawei router by typing in in your Web browser. Input your router’s credentials (they should be admin/admin by default). 

Accessing Huawei Router Admin Panel

5. Now, pick "Settings" once you get to your router’s admin panel. Using the left-placed sidebar, select "VPN." Then, enter the following information:

Editing VPN Settings on Huawei Router

6. To connect to a different server, input another server's address (LNS Address).

7. To disconnect at any moment, uncheck the box next to "Enable L2TP."

Final Thoughts

By setting up ExpressVPN on your Huawei router, you can route all your devices' Internet traffic through your chosen ExpressVPN server. However, as mentioned in the introduction, your data won't be encrypted (as Huawei routers use the L2TP protocol).

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on a Huawei router. If you have any questions for us, make sure to post them via the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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