Welcome to an article which explains how to set up IPVanish VPN on your TP-Link Wi-Fi router. In this article, we have explained the concept of VPN and L2TP. We assume that you have already completed the TP-Link router setup before following this guide.
Understanding the Virtual Private Network
By the definition, a virtual private network or a VPN is a technology that can extend the capabilities of a private network to a global network. A VPN is something that organisations or individuals often used to protect their privacy when using the internet.
The working of the VPN is simple to understand, it creates a virtual tunnel for all the communications between the server and declined over the internet. It is said that a VPN can protect you from hackers, advertising agencies, spies or even government agencies. It is a way to browse the internet anonymously.
Layer Two Tunneling Protocol Is a type of tunnelling protocol which is used by VPNs in order to create a virtual tunnel between the user and the internet service provider. The L2TP is the basis for the operation of virtual private networks. It makes communication possible between the device is connected across the ends of the tunnel.
IPvanish is a VPN provider which facilitates the setup of VPN over your network. It is a value for money VPN service which costs under $10/month and has some really good features. IPvanish 1500 VPN servers across the world and offers unthrottled internet speeds.
It is available on a variety of platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS and more. It is also available for iOS and Android. You can add IPvanish plugin to your browser to use the VPN service. The best way to setup IPvanish VPN for TP-Link routers is to set it up from your TP-Link admin control panel.
This lets you connect your smart home devices which are not supported directly by IPvanish to a VPN tunnel. If you face issues with your TP-Link Wi-Fi router, you can check out: Why Does My TP-Link Router Keep Disconnecting?
Configuring IPvanish on a TP-Link Wi-Fi router
To configure IPvanish, here are the steps that you should follow.
Requirements to set up IPvanish on TP-Link Wi-Fi router
To set up IPvanish on TP-Link Wi-Fi router you need three things.
- A compatible Wi-Fi router: IPvanish can be set up only on Wi-Fi routers which support the deployment of a VPN. To use IPvanish VPN on your Wi-Fi router, it should support VPN tunnelling. You can check out user manual or online forums to check if your Wi-Fi router supports VPN tunnelling.
- An IPvanish account: You need to be subscribed to the premium plan of IPvanish to set it up with your Wi-Fi router. the planets start it $10/month for a one month plan and the pricing reduces to roughly $6/month if you subscribe to a yearly plan.
- An internet connection: You will need a good internet connection if you plan to use a VPN over it. It is a well-known fact internet speed and latency takes a hit if you install a virtual private network on your devices. You need a really good Wi-Fi router and an internet connection to support a VPN over it. Still, the performance of a network will be degraded noticeably.
First up, connect your TP-Link Wi-Fi router to your PC or laptop. Open the web browser and visit the administrator control panel of your TP-Link Wi-Fi router. You can access it from the following URL http://192.168.1.1. You can access the page from any web browser that is installed on your PC. The preferred choice is Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Enter the admin ID and password of TP-Link Wi-Fi router on the welcome page.
Then go to the advanced setting tab, and click on network settings. In this window, you can see details about your private network. Under the IPv4 section on the networking tab, you can enter the details of your VPN configuration. Make sure you set your internet connection type to L2TP.
Enter the name of the server through which you want to connect the VPN tunnel. You can find all the details that you need to set up your VPN from your IPvanish account. Once you have filled up all the details of the VPN service, hit the connect button to test your connection.
To confirm that you have successfully connected to the VPN service, visit Google Maps on Bing maps and try to look for your current location. Your present location will be based on the server with yo are connected to. If you are successfully connected to the VPN server, you will not be able to see your own location here. This means that you have successfully completed the IPvanish VPN setup process on your TP-Link Wi-Fi router.
If you find the setup process difficult to complete by yourself, you can reach out to TP-Link customer service. alternatively, you can also contact IPvanish customer support team to help you with the setup process.