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VPN and Internet

 
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tam



Joined: 16 Jul 2006
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Location: Manchester

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:49 am    Post subject: VPN and Internet Reply with quote

My company is allowing me to work from home, and they have set up VPN access for me. When I connect the VPN I can access what I need from work, but I cannot access the internet at all. Why is this? Is there anything I can do to access the internet without disconnecting the VPN?

Your help would be much appreciated.
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SoftStag



Joined: 05 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a fairly straight forward solution to this, but if your corporate network requires additional routing to access some things then you may not be able to access everything you need to over the VPN. There are also some security implications as you are effectively opening up the corporate network to the internet, so your company may not aprove of you doing this, you should really check with your IT department.

This is to procedure you require assuming you are using Windows XP:
Arrow Ensure the VPN is not connected; if it is, then disconnect it
Arrow Click Start - Settings - Control Panel
Arrow Open Network Connections (or Network and Internet Connections)
Arrow Right click on the VPN Connection you use, and select Properties
Arrow Click on the Networking Tab at the top
Arrow Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on Properties
Arrow Click on the Advanced button
Arrow Remove the tick from Use default gateway on remote network
Arrow Click OK on all the windows to return to the Control Panel and close that. You can now try your VPN connection

Let us know how you get on with this.
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tam



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, that works! I can now browse the internet at the same time as be connected to work and my work databases.

Thanks very much!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad it is working.

Please be aware that some companies do not like you doing this. Also, in some instances, you may not be able to access everything over the VPN without setting up additional IP routing.

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