Can't connect to Internet while connected to VPN

November 16th, 2005

Quick tip for those of you using a Virtual Private Network Connection on Windows XP. After you connect to the VPN, you may find that you can no longer access the Internet. No email, no web, no ftp, etc. But you can access all of the files on the VPN network.

What is happening is your computer is also tunneling internet requests to the remote VPN computer. It essentially becomes your default gateway. Depending on how things are configured, you may not be able to share the remote Internet connection, and thus everything is blocked.

There is a setting to fix this. Go to My Network Places --> view Network Connections --> Right click on [Your Virtual Private Network connection] --> Properties --> Networking Tab --> Choose Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) --> Properties Button --> Advanced Button --> General Tab --> UNCHECK "Use Default Gateway on Remote Network". Click OK until you're out of the connection properties. Re-connect to your VPN.

You should now be able to access both the Internet and your VPN network at the same time!

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Posted by barbod on February 15th, 2011:
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Posted by vpn on March 7th, 2011:
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Posted by Daniel on March 20th, 2011:
This also works with Vista as well and will be testing with windows 7 soon
Posted by Sreekanth on March 21st, 2011:
Guys - The solution provided is simply straight and superb. I have been struggling a lot whenever I get connected to VPN. With a simple setting change, I could resolve y issue.

Thank you
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Posted by Bob on November 21st, 2011:
This does not work, as soon as you remove the tick from 'use remote gateway', none of the netwrok resources on the VPN are available!

Mapped network drives stop working! and all other resources on the company network.

Even when IP address is used not server name!


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