How to use local Network to access Internet while connected in VPN

Last updated on May 30th, 2014

If you use a VPN connection to securely access a workplace (e.g. your corporate network), then all network data are transferred through the VPN connection to the remote network. In simple words, the remote VPN server’s network card becomes a new route that connects your computer to the remote network and – at the same time – the VPN server becomes (by default) your new gateway to access the Internet through the remote workplace’s Internet connection.

This means that if the VPN server is set up to allow Internet connectivity (by assigning a default gateway to your computer), then you can also access the Internet via the remote network's Internet connection, otherwise if the VPN server isn’t set up to allow Internet connectivity, then you can not access Internet at all. In the first case, the Internet speed is slowed down due to line speed limits and also because all network packets are re-routed through the VPN’s server network card and in the second case, the  Internet connection is impossible.

To bypass these problems and use your local Internet connection to access Internet while connected to VPN, follow the steps below:

How to use your local Internet connection while connected in VPN.

Step 1. Change VPN connection properties.

1. To do this, go to:

  • Windows 7 & Vista: Start > Control Panel.
  • Windows XP: Start > Settings > Control Panel


  • Windows 8 & 8.1:
  1. Press “Windows”  Image-201_thumb8  + “R” keys to load the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “control panel” and press Enter.



2. Click to open “Network and Sharing Center”:


3. In the left pane, click “Change adapter settings”.


4. Right-click at your VPN connection and click “Properties”.


5. At VPN properties, click the “Networking” tab.


6. At Networking tab, highlight the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) item & click “Properties”.


7. Click “Advanced”.


8. Uncheck the “Use default gateway on remote network” option and press “OK”.


9. Press “OK” until you close all windows and you ‘re done!

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