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I use VPN on my Mac-mini to make some traffic more secure, but then I realized I can not access my computer as I want. typically, services like airplay or remote access through http port 80 stops responding. the traffic I am securibg is specific to an application, and it can be restricted to a specific port. so is there a way to set up the VPN so it only sends this traffic through itself, rather than everything?

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If you have the option of connecting to the remote VPN end via SSH you can create SSH tunnels on the specific application port (directing them to localhost:destination_port). This method will encrypt the app's traffic while leaving your LAN connection untouched.

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