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How can I make the Windows VPN route selective traffic (by destination network)?
How To Use Local Internet Connection To Access Internet While Still Connected with VPN

I am using the built in Windows 7 VPN to connect to my work network however when I browse the internet its going through the VPN. How do I stop this?

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What type of vpn are you using? –  Zoredache Dec 15 '11 at 3:15

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  • Open Network Connections
  • Select VPN connection
  • Properties
  • TCP/IP - properties
  • Advanced
  • On General tab uncheck "Use default gateway..."
  • OK-OK-OK
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This works on Windows 8 too although the steps to get there differ a bit. But here you uncheck the 'Use default gateway on remote network' option. –  Chris Aug 6 at 6:47

You need to remove the default gateway that's being set by your VPN (you might have to ask your work's IT support guy, as it might be a setting that's pushed out from the VPN server). A temporary fix can be obtained as follows:

  1. Start a command prompt as administrator.
  2. Check your current gateways with route print (There will be a lot more, but this is the part you're looking for):

    IPv4 Route Table
    ===========================================================================
    Active Routes:
    Network Destination        Netmask          Gateway       Interface  Metric
              0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0       XX.YY.48.1     XX.YY.50.199     20
              0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0      192.168.0.1    192.168.0.107   4000
       10.254.254.252  255.255.255.252         On-link    10.254.254.253    286
    

    (Your Metrics might be different, and your IPs will likely be different, but you can see I have two default gateways here (the 0.0.0.0 entries) One of them will correspond to your internet, and one will correspond to your VPN.)

  3. Delete the appropriate gateway with route delete 0.0.0.0 <gateway>. In this example, to delete the 192.168.0.1 gateway, we'd use route delete 192.168.0.1
    Don't worry too much about making a mistake here; the routing table is regenerated every time you reboot the machine, or connect/disconnect from a network. If you get the wrong gateway and take down all of your internet, just reboot and reconnect.

This is only a temporary fix. Ideally, you'd contact your tech support at your work and ask him how to make the VPN stop pushing a default gateway. Another alternative is to adjust the metric of the VPN gateway, so that the system prefers the non-VPN connection (as you can see in the example, while I have two gateways, one is set with a really high metric (think "cost") to use it, and so the system only uses it if it has no other choice).

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Is there a reason you downvoted this post? –  Darth Android Dec 15 '11 at 3:58
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My comment was removed, but I'll try to repeat: "RTFM!" and compare with my answer –  Lazy Badger Dec 15 '11 at 16:07
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Comparing answers, we have two different answers that accomplish the same means. Neither is wrong. –  Darth Android Dec 16 '11 at 8:34

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