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How to set up PPTP, SSTP or L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers

This tutorial will show you how to set up PPTP, SSTP or L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers using the SmartyDNS VPN services. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Click on “PPP” (1) from the left-side menu and click on “+” (2).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 1

  2. Choose “L2TP Client” (3) (or “SSTP Client, or “PPTP Client”).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 2

  3. Enter the name of your connection in the “Name” field (5) of the “General” tab (4). For example you can name it “SmartyDNS_UK1_L2TP”.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 3

  4. Select the “Dial Out” tab (6).

    Type the IP address of the SmartyDNS VPN server you want to connect to in the “Connect to” box (7).

    To find the entire list of all available servers, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Servers“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

    Type one more time the same hostname in the “Remote ID” field (10).

    Enter your VPN username and password in the “User” and “Password” boxes (8).

    To find your VPN username and password, sign in to your account on our website, go to “Setup” -> “VPN Username & Password“. If you don’t have a SmartyDNS account, you can try our services for free for 3 days.

    Click the “Enable” button (9).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 4

  5. Click on the “Status” tab (10).

    Check “Last Link Up Time” (11) and “Uptime” (12) to ensure your VPN connection is UP.

    Press “OK” (13) to close the window.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 5

  6. You should see the created “SmartyDNS_UK1_L2TP” L2TP connection (14) in the PPP window. “R” (15) means the VPN connection is ready.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 6

  7. Select IP (16) then “Firewall” from the left-side menu, click on the “NAT” tab (17) and click on the “+” icon (18).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 7

  8. In the “General” tab (19), choose “srcnat” for “Chain” (20) and “SmartyDNS_UK1_L2TP” for “Out. Interface” (21).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 8

  9. Click on the “Action” tab, choose “masquerade” for “Action” (22).

    Click on “Apply” (23) to apply the changes and click on “OK” (24) to close this window.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 9

  10. In the “Firewall” window, click on the “Mangle” tab (25) and click on the “+” icon (26).

    In the “Mangle Rule” window, in the “General” Tab (27) select “prerouting” for “Chain” (28).

    Enter the range of IP addresses in your LAN which you want to connect to VPN through this router in the “Src. Address” field (29).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 10

  11. Click on the “Action” tab (30), choose “mark routing” for “Action” (31), enter a new routing mark in “New Routing Mark” (32) and check the “Passthrough” checkbox (33).

    Click on “Apply” (34) to apply the changes and click on “OK” (35) to close this window.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 11

  12. Click on “IP” (36) and choose “Routes” from the left-side menu.

    Click on the “+” icon (37).

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 12

  13. In the “General” tab (38), enter “0.0.0.0/0” in the “Dest. Address” field (39).

    Choose “SmartyDNS_UK1_L2TP” from the “Gateway” menu (40).

    Choose “unicast” from the “Type” menu (41).

    From the “Routing Mark” menu (42) choose the routing mark “SmartyDNS_L2TP” created at step 10 in “IP->Firewall->Mangle”.

    Click on “Apply” (43) to apply the changes and click on “OK” (44) to close this window.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 13

  14. Select “IP” (45) and “DNS” from the left-side menu.

    Enter the Google DNS addresses (or other open DNS you want) in the “Servers” field (46) and check the “Allow Remote Requests” checkbox (47).

    Click on “Apply” (48) to apply the changes and “OK” (49) to close this window.

    How to set up L2TP VPN on Mikrotik Routers: Step 14

  15. To see if L2TP is accessible for your local network, click on “New Terminal” from the left-side menu and enter “ping 8.8.8.8 (or whatever is up) interface={PPP connection interface} src-address={local gateway}”.

    For example in our case it will be:
    ping 8.8.8.8 interface=SmartyDNS_L2TP src-address=192.168.88.1

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