What is L2TP VPN and How Does it Work?

A Brief Overview of L2TP VPN

Benefits of L2TP VPN


  • Unlike PPTP, it offers excellent level of encryption and security
  • The protocol encapsulates the data twice, which means double data verification
  • The protocol is available on not only desktop but also mobile operating systems
  • L2TP is quite easy to configure on all the operating systems it supports
  • Multithreading support for improved performance


  • It offers slow performance because of double authentication (encapsulation)
  • There are some firewalls that can block the L2TP protocol ports
  • The protocol is difficult to configure on devices that run on NAT routers
  • L2TP/IPSec is rumored to be deliberately weakened by the National Security Agency (NSA)

Features of L2TP VPN

Secure Connection

L2TP works with AES or 3DES algorithms used for the most secure 256-bit key encryption.

Better Link Establishment

L2TP uses the UDP Port 1701 for configuration, the UDP Port 500 for key exchange, and the UDP Port 4500 for NAT.

Safest Protocol

Due to highest level encryption and double encapsulation, it ranks among safest protocols.

How to Set up L2TP VPN

Step-by-step guide on how to setup L2TP VPN on different operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX, iOS, Linux, Android and more.

Other L2TP manual setups can be seen here.

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