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I'm using Windows XP Pro. I created a VPN connection with itshidden server (a free account.) In this case my download speed is around 80 KB/s but my Internet connection speed (without a VPN) is around 600 KB/s.

Can I keep the VPN tunnel open (for some tasks) and in the same time use the rest of my broadband speed for surfing anything that requires more speed?


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I believe you can, but the trick is how to have the computer route the information down the correct connection.

  1. I've seen some people say all you had to do is add a ROUTE ADD command, but you need to add IP addresses to that. I’m not sure about using this.

  2. I believe you can also do this by using a proxy on your computer and have one browser go through the VPN and have another browser use the proxy and the regular internet connection (or the other way around). The right kind of proxy would allow you to pick the outbound connection to connect to for routing the traffic.

  3. Lastly, and I believe the easiest is you could use a virtual machine. Inside the virtual machine, you can have it connect to the VPN and use that connection. Outside the virtual machine, you can use your regular internet connection. There are some free virtual machine software like VirtualBox.

I don't know of a super easy way. If I were to try this I would use a virtual machines just because I use them all the time and it should be straight forward.

I hope this helps.

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  1. Locate the .pbk file that contains the entry that you dial. Is either: C:\Users[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk or if connection is visible to all users: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk
    (hidden files may need to be disabled first through Organize -> Folder and search options)

  2. Open the file in Notepad using Open with...

  3. Locate the following entry: UseRasCredentials=1 Each VPN connection you have has a section marked with [VPN connection name]

  4. Modify the entry to the following: UseRasCredentials=0 Needs to be done for each VPN section for the connections having problems.

  5. On the File menu, click Save, and the click Exit.

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sorry was the answer for the wrong question. Is answer for accessing local sql servers when on vpn – aas Jan 29 '10 at 10:55
Welcome at Super User! Too bad the answer doesn't apply, but: there's a "delete" link underneath your answer. ;-) – Arjan Jan 29 '10 at 11:56

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