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How can I make the Windows VPN route selective traffic (by destination network)?

I need to connect to VPN for work purposes, but I want to be able to use my own internet connection for downloads and general web browsing. I'm using Windows 7, is this possible?

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Dec 2 '11 at 16:11

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All connections to "unknown" IP's (anything on your subnet is "known") will go via whatever is setup as your gateway, which after connecting to a VPN is usually via the VPN.

So, you just need to adjust your VPN settings to not provide a gateway so that you return to using your LAN gateway.

However, this might break some or all of your VPN services.

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Look at my answer for exact steps – IsmailS Mar 11 '11 at 10:26

when you make the vpn connection, in it's properties is a setting similar to "use this connection as default gateway" - that'll route all traffic over the vpn link. Uncheck that and you're good to go.

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yes, you need to check what is your gateway, when connect to a VPN.

What type of VPN you connect to ? Microsoft VPN, Cisco VPN, OpenVPN, What kind of vpn connection ?

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regarding this, Windows 7 sometimes says the VPN connection has internet access. Othertimes it says "No internet access". Obviously "No internet access" on the vpn connection is what I want. Any ideas why Windows 7 confuses the issue? This is after the "Use default gateway on remote machine" is unchecked under tcp/ip (both v4 and 6). – JL. Aug 26 '10 at 13:45

How To Use Local Internet Connection To Access Internet While Still Connected with VPN has exact steps to do what @DMA57361 said.

Basically you need to go to network connections, open the VPN connection's properties, open the properties of the IPv4 item, click advanced and untick "Use Default Gateway On Remote Network"

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Link-only answers are not particularly useful and they force people to leave the site to get their answer. Please elaborate your post by explaining the steps required. – DMA57361 Mar 11 '11 at 10:46
What's wrong in navigating away if visitor of this questions are getting their answer? Anyways I've nothing to do with the linked site. I was just looking to sort out this problem of my own. I first searched it on and couldn't find exact steps on this question. Then I looked around on Google and I found it on the other site which solved my problem and I linked that here so that it helps anyone else visiting this question. Now if you want me to paste the steps in the article here, then I think its duplicating things on web and StackExchange is all about making web better I suppose – IsmailS Mar 11 '11 at 12:43
I didn't imply you had an affiliation with the linked site, and that's irrelevant to my point. An answer that states "go look over there" isn't useful (and what happens when that link breaks?). This has been discussed at length on MSO, and they are generally discouraged. Also, make sure you check the copyright and license of the original site before you copy/paste. – DMA57361 Mar 11 '11 at 12:55
It is a duplication of effort, but I'm afraid that's rather the point - SU should be a source of knowledge, not a referral service. And the instructions don't have to be all singing and dancing with images, for example, I reckon this would suffice: Go to network connections, open the VPN connection's properties, open the properties of the IPv4 item, click advanced and untick "Use Default Gateway On Remote Network". – DMA57361 Mar 11 '11 at 13:26
3 years later and link is fine. Useful answer, thanks. – Verdolino Aug 27 '14 at 16:26

Maybe, but probably not. You basically need two network connections, one that is tunneled through to your work, and one that is wide open to the world. One option to achieve this might be to use the XP virtual machine, if your version of Win7 supports it. The VPN software that I was provided with for work would not install on Win7, and so I had to install it on the virtual machine. As far as I can tell, the tunnel only exists for the (entire) virtual machine, not my host machine connection, however I have not done a route trace to verify this.

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Anything inside the VM should be only inside the VM - so the host system cannot even see the VPN. The host system might be relaying the connections to/from the VM, but that should be about it. – DMA57361 Aug 25 '10 at 12:11

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