The remote VPN server you are connecting to will become your network gateway by default once the VPN connection is established, meaning that from this point on until the connection is disconnected, all your Internet traffic will be re-routed to the VPN server first, which also means that you are actually wasting remote server’s Internet bandwidth without gaining any benefit.
To change this behavior so that you use local internet connection to access internet and only access remote server when needed, please follow the following steps.
1. Open Network Connections window by clicking Start and typing in NCPA.CPL
2. Right-click on your VPN connection and choose Properties.
3. Go to the Networking tab, highlight Internet Connection Version 4, and click Properties tab.
4. Click on Advanced tab.
5. In IP Settings tab, uncheck the option
Use Default Gateway On Remote Network
6. Click a few OKs, and you are all set.
Thanks to Matt who commented on our VPN Setup Tutorial about this and I think it’s actually worth a post emphasizing the point.
- This only applies to VPN setups that use Windows 7 default VPN connection and Windows Server RRAS as remote VPN server. This will not work exactly the same on the different setup. However, the concept still applies.
- This trick does not only work in Windows 7, but also in Vista, XP as well.