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I have a Windows desktop, Macbook and PS3 all connected to my home router and working properly. If I use my Macbook to connect to the office VPN, will my Windows desktop and PS3 also be on the VPN by default?

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No - the VPN is initiated from the device you start it on, and affects only that device.

However, if your router could VPN, then yes - everything on the network would be on the VPN.

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Or if the Macbook was set to forward packets to and from the VPN. – grawity Jun 15 '10 at 20:04
@grawity - true.. but then the MacBook is acting as a router for the network, no? – warren Jun 15 '10 at 20:08
I believe it is possible to only act as a router for one subnet. Even if not, all OSes support separate gateways for specific subnets in addition to the default gateway. Either way, it would only require 1) enabling forwarding, 2) adding routes to the VPN through MacBook on all other computers. (I actually do have a virtual machine that provides connectivity to a VPN to all my LAN -- using RIP for routing.) – grawity Jun 15 '10 at 20:25
@grawity - good point that I hadn't thought of :) – warren Jun 15 '10 at 21:01

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