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Setup Tutorials

How to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers

In this tutorial we will show you how to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers but first let’s see what are our requirements and recommendations.

Requirements

In order to set up the VPN you will need:

  1. A CactusVPN account. If you don’t have one you can try our services for free.
  2. Your VPN username, password and VPN server address. You can find them in your account on our website, by going to Settings.

If you still want to set up VPN manually, go step-by-step through following instructions:

VPN Setup instructions

To start set up VPN on TP-Link routers you first have to connect to it. For that you have to put in your browser the following address: http://192.168.1.1

If this doesn’t work, please consult your router’s manual to find what is the Default Gateway Address.

Also you have to set your network connection to obtain IP address automatically if you connect to your router via Ethernet.

Depending on the router model and firmare you are using, there are a few different interfaces. Find your interface from the menu below and follow its steps.

  1. Go to “Network” and choose “WAN” (1).

    How to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers: Step 1

    Select “L2TP” from the “WAN Connection Type” drop down menu (2).

    Important! By setting up a L2TP VPN on TP-Link routers your IP will be changed but your traffic will NOT be encrypted. That happens because the connection does not use IPSec.

    Enter your VPN username and password (3). You can find them in your account on our website, by going to your package. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the website account credentials (What is the difference?).

    Check the “Dynamic IP” checkbox (4).

    Enter the IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to in the “Server IP Address / Name” field (5). You can find all the available servers in your account on our website, by going to Settings.

    Check the “Connect Automatically” checkbox (6).

    Click on “Save” (7).

  2. Go to “DHCP” and select “DHCP Settings” (8).

    How to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers: Step 2

    Enter the Public Google DNS or other open DNS addresses in the “Primary DNS” and “Secondary DNS” fields (9).

    Click on “Save” (10).

  1. Go to “Network” and choose “Internet” (1).

    How to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers: Step 1

    Select “L2TP” from the “Internet Connection Type” drop down menu (2).

    Important! By setting up a L2TP VPN on TP-Link routers your IP will be changed but your traffic will NOT be encrypted. That happens because the connection does not use IPSec.

    Enter your VPN username and password (3).

    You can find them in your account on our website, by going to Settings. Make sure you use your VPN username and password and NOT the website account credentials (What is the difference?).

    Tick the “Dynamic IP” checkbox (4).

    Enter the IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to in the “VPN Server IP/Domain Name” field (5).

    You can find all the available servers in the package details in your account.

    Tick the “Auto” checkbox (6).

    Click on “Save” (7).

  2. Go to “Network” and select “DHCP Server” (8).

    How to set up VPN on TP-Link Routers: Step 2

    Enter the Public Google DNS or other open DNS addresses in the “Primary DNS” and “Secondary DNS” fields (9).

    Click on “Save” (10).

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