How to use a local network to access the Internet while connected to a VPN –

When you use a VPN connection to securely access your workplace (for example, your corporate network), all network data is transmitted over the VPN connection to the remote network. In simple terms, the network card of the remote VPN server becomes a new router that connects your computer to the remote network and – at the same time – the VPN server (by default) becomes your new gateway to access the Internet through the remote workplace’s Internet connection.

This means that if the VPN server is configured to allow Internet connection (by assigning a default gateway to your computer), you can also access the Internet through the remote network’s Internet connection, otherwise, the VPN server is not installed. If you allow Internet access, you will not be able to access the Internet at all. In the first case, the Internet speed slows down due to line speed limits, as well as the fact that all network packets are redirected through the network card of the VPN server, and in the second case, it is impossible to connect to the Internet.

To bypass these issues and use your local Internet connection to access the Internet while connected to a VPN, follow these steps:

How to use your local Internet connection when connected to a VPN.

Step 1. Change VPN connection properties.

1. To do this, go to:

  • Windows 7 and Vista: Start > Control Panel.
  • Windows XP: Start > Settings > Control Panel

start-control panel

  1. Click on “WindowsPicture-201_thumb8 + “RClick the ” button to download Running dialog box.
  2. write “control Panel” and press Enter.


2. Click to open “Network and Sharing Center“:


3. In the left panel, clickChange the adapter settings“.

change adapter settings

4. Right click In your VPN connection and “Characteristics“.


5. Yes VPN features, press the buttonConnect to the network” label.


6. Yes Connect to the network tab, select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) click on the item and “Characteristics“.


7. press “Extended“.


8. Remove the “Use the default gateway on the remote network” option and press “OK“.

from the default gateway to the remote network

9. Click on “OK” until you close all windows and you’re done!

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