How to Download, Install and Use ExpressVPN on a TP-Link Router

If you have a compatible TP-Link router, you might want to extend its capabilities using a VPN. With that said, we’ll show you how to set up and use ExpressVPN’s on your TP-Link router. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Note

As per ExpressVPN documentation, this VPN has been tested with the TP-Link TL-R600VPN and Archer C7 (AC1750) routers. Other TP-Link models could be compatible as well – but make sure to check your router’s manual for more information. 

Important

Know that ExpressVPN offers L2TP VPN connections for TP-Link routers. These don’t have the same (high) level of encryption as the OpenVPN protocol. So, we recommend using L2TP connections primarily for unblocking media streaming sites and other digital services. 

1. Before we go any deeper, you need to subscribe to ExpressVPN

2. Once you land on ExpressVPN’s website, select ‘Get ExpressVPN.’

3. Then, review the available subscriptions and pick one.

4. Provide your email address and payment information, and finalize signing up. 

5. Expect to see a confirmation email in your inbox from ExpressVPN’s team.

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

7. Click on ‘My Account‘ and provide your email and password. Click on ‘Sign In.’

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

8. If asked for a confirmation code, copy it from your inbox. 

9. Once you access your online dashboard, select ‘Set Up Other Devices.’

10. Then, pick ‘Manual Configuration‘ on the left-hand side.

L2TP Configuration for ExpressVPN

11. On the right, make sure to choose ‘PPTP & L2TP/IPSec.’

12. Now, make a note of your username and password, as you’ll need those soon. 

L2TP Setup for ExpressVPN

13. Also, pick a server and make a note of its server address

14. It would be best to leave your online dashboard open to copy the required data.

15. Then, access your router by entering 192.168.0.1 in your Web browser. 

16. Input your router’s username and password (by default, both are ‘admin‘). 

17. Then, select the ‘Advanced‘ tab using the top-placed menu. 

Accessing Internet Settings on TP-Link Router

18. Navigate to Network > Internet. Then, input the following information. 

Customizing VPN Settings on TP-Link Router
  • Internet Connection Type: Set this to ‘L2TP.’
  • Username: Copy the username from your dashboard.
  • Password: Copy the password from your dashboard.
  • VPN Server IP/Domain Name: Copy the server address from your dashboard. 
  • Secondary Connection: Select ‘Dynamic IP’ here. 
  • MTU Size: Set to ‘1460.’
  • Connection Mode: Pick ‘Manually.’
  • Max Idle Time: Set to ‘0.’

19. Lastly, click ‘Connect‘ and finalize by clicking on ‘Save.’

Setting Up ExpressVPN on TPLink Router

20. From this moment on, you will use your ExpressVPN connection primarily. 

21. To check if your VPN connection works, use ExpressVPN’s IP address checker

22. The location you get there should not correspond to your actual location.

23. And to disconnect, navigate to Advanced > Network > Internet

24. Finally, click on ‘Disconnect.’ That’s it!

That would be all on how to set up ExpressVPN on a TP-Link router. If you have any questions or doubts, make sure to share those via the comments section below. Lastly, thank you for reading!

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