How to Connect TP-Link Router to a third-party VPN Provider (For ExpressVPN, NordVPN, etc.)

How to Connect TP-Link Router to a third-party VPN Provider (For ExpressVPN, NordVPN, etc.)

How to Connect TP-Link Router to a third-party VPN Provider (For ExpressVPN, NordVPN, etc.)
How to Connect TP-Link Router to a third-party VPN Provider (For ExpressVPN, NordVPN, etc.)
2021-12-28 05:47:14 - last edited 3 weeks ago
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A growing number of community users are showing great interest in the VPN Client feature on the TP-Link routers, we are happy to announce here that we do have some router models that support the VPN Client feature, and there will be more in the near future.

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What are the models that support VPN Client?


All the models listed below support VPN Client (Implemented):

Router Model & Hardware Version

OpenVPN

PPTP

L2TP over IPSec

Archer AX20

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX21

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX1800

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX90

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer GX90

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX80 Yes Yes Yes

Archer AX3200

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX73

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX4400

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX6000_V2.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX11000

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX55

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AXE75

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AXE95

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AX3000 Pro

Yes

Yes

Yes

Archer AXE300

Yes

Yes

Yes

Note: 1. If you cannot find the VPN Client feature on your router listed above, check and update your router firmware to the latest version

2. The list above is subject to change and might not include all models and hardware versions. We will update it once there are new models or hardware available.

 

Models that will support VPN Client (Planned/Beta firmware):

Router Model & Hardware Version

OpenVPN

PPTP

L2TP over IPSec

Archer AX6000_V1.0_1.3.0 early release firmware (Updated on Dec 21, 2022)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Note:
1. You will need to perform a firmware upgrade on your router later when the firmware is released.
2. Be sure you have read the Terms and Conditions for TP-Link Beta Firmware before proceeding!

3. The list above is subject to change and might not include all models and hardware versions. We will update it once there are new models or hardware available.

 

For other models not listed above, there is currently no plan to add support for the VPN Client feature, so we will not answer when you ask if your router model will support it in the future. It's suggested to keep an eye on the official website or on the router web GUI/Tether app for any new updates. Leave your comment below if you want your router to have the VPN Client feature, be sure to include the model number.

 

 

How to use the VPN Client feature on the TP-Link Router?
 

Go through the setup guide to configure and use the VPN Client feature:
How Do I Use VPN Client to Access a Remote VPN Server

 

 

What VPN Server does the VPN Client work with?
 

The VPN Client of the TP-Link router can work with third-party VPN Servers such as Surfshark, NordVPN, Mullvad, Proton VPN, Express VPN, PrivateTunnel, OVPN, PIA, etc. Let the community know if it works with other VPN Servers that are not listed.

Note: If the above VPN service provider updates their VPN settings and/or protocols, we may need to update the router firmware to support them in the future.

 

Welcome to comment below if there is anything that needs to be updated or if you have more concerns.

 

 

Related Articles:
What is a VPN client? How to set one up on a TP-Link router.

How to Establish a VPN Connection on TP-Link Wi-Fi Router?

Manually create the unified format for OpenVPN profile when connecting to CyberGhost OpenVPN Server

What can I do if VPN Client is not working?

 

 

 

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2022-01-10 17:25:01 - last edited 2022-01-10 17:25:54

I see that the AX6000 is slated to get support at a later time (yay) - but my question: is this another thing that will only be accessible when the router is in "Router mode" vs "Access Point Mode" - Far too many controls are hidden behind the Router mode wall. e.g. - changing the access password for USB - requires switching to router mode, which scrogs/borks a number of the settings, and then switch back. Last time I did this I had to re-apply a number of settings - rather annoying to say the least.

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2022-01-13 09:27:48

@ffr2822 

 

VPN Client is only supported when the router is working at Router mode.

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2022-02-28 14:52:17

  @Kevin_Z  Please could you consider including the VPN Client feature on the AX300 Deco X60 v 2.0 router

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2022-03-01 08:01:56

Greg_C wrote

  @Kevin_Z  Please could you consider including the VPN Client feature on the AX300 Deco X60 v 2.0 router

 

Hello @Greg_C, thank you for your suggestion. But Deco belongs to a different category, so I'm not sure it will support VPN Client in the future. It's suggested to request this by opening a thread in the below sub-forum:

https://community.tp-link.com/us/home/forum/231

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2022-03-26 21:15:29

Any update for AX11000 firmware? It's been a while since any word  @Kevin_Z 

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2022-03-28 03:44:23

@RandomDude 

 

Hello, we have updated the original post and provided a beta firmware that adds the support for VPN Client feature, you can install it on your AX11000 if you request it.

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2022-03-30 21:32:34

  @Kevin_Z 

 

Hello Good afternoon It will be that you can inform the engineers of having the possibility of including VPN Client - LAN L2TP (IPSec Pre-Shared Key) with this option I will be able to use my VPN provider currently it is not there and in the option one of VPN client if it is but the Download speed is very low in the VPN Client - LAN L2TP option, the speed is very good, that is, fast, I hope I have been clear in the request.

 

Archer AX20 US V2.0

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2022-03-31 03:06:12

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  @Kevin_Z 

 

Hello Good afternoon It will be that you can inform the engineers of having the possibility of including VPN Client - LAN L2TP (IPSec Pre-Shared Key) with this option I will be able to use my VPN provider currently it is not there and in the option one of VPN client if it is but the Download speed is very low in the VPN Client - LAN L2TP option, the speed is very good, that is, fast, I hope I have been clear in the request.

 

Archer AX20 US V2.0

 

@macmax1718 

 

Hello, you are correct, the VPN you are using doesn't support IPSec security, we have stated it here. I will not know if this can be improved in the future, but I will record the request in our system for future evaluation.

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2022-04-04 02:51:32

  @Kevin_Z 

 

who do we send feedback for the beta version?

 

A couple things I noticed:

- LACP vs Static LAG options now present verse before just one option which was Static LAG and you have to select it or else it won't work after update

- VPN Client works flawlessly, you can select the device that you want to go through VPN however there should be an option for all devices

 

Otherwise a stable beta so far. 
 

Thanks again! 

 

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2022-04-06 12:11:14

@RandomDude 

 

Thank you very much for your suggestions and feedback. You can report it here in the community forum, then we can record it and bring it to the R & D team.

 

Regarding the Link Aggregation, the default option could be Static LAG, am I right? Do you mean you need to choose LACP to make it work? What is the device you are trying to do the Link Aggregation for?

 

An option for all devices to connect to the VPN server would be a good idea, we will log it to the R & D team for consideration.

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