Connect VPN using L2TP/IPsec on Windows 11

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Connect VPN using L2TP/IPsec on Windows 11

Today I’ll show you how to connect a Windows 11 PC to a VPN using the L2TP/IPsec protocol (Layer-2 Tunneling Protocol). Most VPN service providers like ExpressVPN support L2TP/IPsec.

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Prerequisites

You will need the following information from your VPN service provider, or network adminstrator:

  • Your VPN username
  • Your VPN password
  • The server name or IP address (ie. contoso.com or 102.562.243.12)
  • The pre-shared key PSK (PSK will be a series of characters like a password)

Connect VPN using L2TP/IPsec

  1. Click Start, then Settings
    Click Start, Settings
  2. Click Network & Internet, then VPN
    Click Network & Internet, VPN
  3. Click Add VPN
    Click Add VPN
  4. Enter your details as follows:
    1. VPN ProviderWindows built-in
    2. Connection name – e.g. ExpressVPN (Chicago)
    3. Server name or address – name: ca.expressvpn.com OR ip address: 123.456.678.9
    4. VPN TypeL2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
    5. Pre-shared key – [enter your PSK]
    6. Type of sign-in infoUser name and password
    7. User name – [enter username]
    8. Password – [enter password]
    9. Remember my sign in info? [check yes]
      Enter your VPN details
  5. Click Network & Internet -> VPN -> Connect
    Connect to your new VPN
  6. You should now be connected to your VPN network.

Conclusion

Hopefully you now have an L2TP/IPsec all set up to secure your network. Remember, ExpressVPN supports L2TP/IPsec and they’re very affordable too.

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