I am connected to the Internet through a wireless router. If I visit http://whatismyipaddress.com, I see my correct IP address.
I have now added a VPN connection, and when I connect to that my connections drop (irc, imap, etc) and I have to reconnect. If I now visit http://whatismyipaddress.com, it shows the external IP that I would have if I was at work. In addition one of the irc connections fail to reconnect with an error saying Connection failed. Error: No route to host.
First of all, what is going on? Secondly, can I prevent this from happening or is this what is supposed to happen? I would really like to "use my own Internet connection" and still be connected to the VPN.