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ExpressVPN + Billion Router Setup

ExpressVPN doesn’t document how to do this, but here’s what worked for me on a bipac-8700vax.

First we need to grab some details to let us set things up

  1. Login to your account on the ExpressVPN site

  2. Go to My Subscriptions > Set up ExpressVPN, it should take you to https://www.expressvpn.com/setup#manual

  3. Go to Manual Config > PPTP & L2TP-IPSec

  4. Copy the Username, Password

  5. Select the region you are in/want to connect to and copy the hostname. eg la3-ubuntu-l2tp.expressprovider.com

Then we take this info and set up the VPN on the router

  1. Login to the router as the admin user

  2. Go to VPN > PPTP > PPTP Client

  3. Configure a new connection;

    1. Name = Give it a name

    2. WAN Interface = Default

    3. Username = Whatever was provided in step 4 above

    4. Password = Whatever was provided in step 4 above

    5. Auth. Type = MS-CHAPv2 - this is important, Auto did not work for me

    6. PPTP Server Address = Whatever was provided in step 5 above

    7. Connection Type = Remote Access

    8. Time to Connect = Always - assuming you don’t want to have to trigger a manual (re)connect

  4. Add

Now we can start the initial connection and check it

  1. Status > VPN > PPTP

  2. Click the Connect button

  3. Status > Log > System Log - for any diagnostics

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