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ICS NOT working with VPN HotSpot Shield (HSS)

February 8, 2011 at 03:14:47
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i3/8GB Ram

I have Windows 7 x64 and I'm using ICS to share my internet connection (cable-modem router from Comcast) with another 4 computers in my LAN.

Today I decided to install a VPN free program called HOTSPOT SHIELD, and after installing it I can browse fine the Internet with this main computer, but the others in the LAN lost internet connection, although File-sharing still works fine and I can see the Networked computer in Windows Explorer or access them remotely with Remote Desktop Connection.

I noticed that the Hotspot Shield program added several routes to my routing table, most of them in the IP-Range 10.31.X.X with a Mask of 255.255.248.0

so this virtual Network-card that is created has a VARIABLE IP address 10.31.X.X, the first time I monitored it was 10.31.40.20, then thirty minutes later was 10.31.64.30

routes for this interface as of this typing are:

Network Destination Netmask Gateway Interface Metric

0.0.0.0 128.0.0.0 10.31.64.1 10.31.64.30 30
10.31.64.0 255.255.248.0 On-link 10.31.64.30 286
10.31.64.30 255.255.255.255 On-link 10.31.64.30 286
10.31.71.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 10.31.64.30 286
128.0.0.0 128.0.0.0 10.31.64.1 10.31.64.30 30
224.0.0.0 240.0.0.0 On-link 10.31.64.30 286
255.255.255.255 255.255.255.255 On-link 10.31.64.30 286

In other words HSS added those 7 routes to my routing tables in the computer, not to the Comcast cable-modem router.

Due to that the Internet part of the ICS does not function to give access to Internet to the other 4 LAN computers.

I know is a matter of time to find a solution to this problem, so I will ask anyone to join in and help to solve this problem.

Thank you very much for any help to a solution.


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#1
February 8, 2011 at 07:42:32

Personally, I think you're going about this all wrong.

For around $50 USD you can buy a SOHO Router that will allow you to share your internet with multiple computers on your LAN and provide you with a firewall to help prevent intrusion.

This means you don't have to leave the host (ICS) computer running 24/7 in order to allow other computers to access the internet and, you could dispense with this VPN software which is messing your system up buy purchasing a router that has VPN capability built into it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
February 8, 2011 at 07:49:08

Unless that product can do split tunnel [which pretty well unsecures the vpn connection] you can't use the product along with ICS.

Solution is get a router as previously suggested.

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#3
February 8, 2011 at 22:20:52

I guess I will disable HOTSPOT SHIELD software when I require to access the Internet from LAN computers (and use ICS)

The reason I can NOT use a VPN router is because right now I have a CABLE-MODEM from comcast that HAS TO BE connected directly to the Computer's NIC card, because if I connect it to a VPN Router and from VPN Router connect it to my Computer, the Internet doesn't work. An issue with Comcast, not a VPN Router.

So thanks anyways for your recommendations, duly appreciated.
best regards.


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#4
February 9, 2011 at 07:51:41

"An issue with Comcast, not a VPN Router"

Sorry you diagnosed the problem wrong. You don't know about cloning your workstations mac address to the wan interface of the router.

After all millions of us are using routers connected to comcast.

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#5
February 9, 2011 at 08:37:13

@wanderer

The problem with this Comcast cable modem I have is that is not configurable through a web-interface like most routers (it's a Lynksys CM-100), so there is not access to 'cloning this MAC address' links or buttons as in most vpn/wireless routers. I'm kinda stack with it. How do you think I go about to clone the workstation Mac addres to the Lynksys cm-100 comcast router ?
regards.

I also have a Westell A90-750015-07 Wired/Wireless ADSL Router (used by my now disconnected Verizon's ISP), that I could use, this one has a web-interface, but again there is nowhere to change or clone the mac address.

I'm not feeling lucky today.


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#6
February 9, 2011 at 09:45:54

You should be able to go from the existing modem into a router you purchase.

Worst comes to worst, you clone the MAC of the PC you presently have it connected to onto the router you buy and it should work.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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