Solved Two NIC's with VPN

September 9, 2011 at 10:48:00
Specs: Windows XP
Good morning! I have a computer that I have added an additional network card too, with the hopes of being able to run a VPN as well as have internet. Though I have a firm understanding of computers my networking skills are very noob to say the least. How can I direct one card to be only for VPN if even possible?

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#1
September 12, 2011 at 07:30:05
If you already have internet going into the computer, you shouldn't need a second NIC for a VPN.

The question I have at this point is, do you want this computer to be a VPN endpoint, or a VPN client?

If a client, all that requires is the client software.

If an endpoint, I would suggest using a SOHO Router that is VPN capable between the internet and your computer and make it the VPN endpoint.

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
September 14, 2011 at 08:36:36
Sorry for the delay. Have not been in town. I have everything set up and working. The only issue is that whenever I log into my VPN I am not able to connect to the internet. I was just wondering if I set up a VPN to a specific NIC if that would take care of it? Unfortunately this is for work so I have to use the router that they provide, which is a cheap little netgear from bestbuy.

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#3
September 14, 2011 at 14:24:48
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The only issue is that whenever I log into my VPN I am not able to connect to the internet.

Unless the other end of your VPN (work) is setup to allow internet access through their network, you won't be able to from home through your own when connected to the VPN.

Essentially what happens is, once you connect to the VPN you get a new network address (temporarily) on the work VPN network which stops your home PC from accessing the internet through your broadband connection. As soon as you disconnect from the VPN, your internet at home starts working again.

If you absolutely have to have internet while on the VPN I would suggest talking to your IT people at work about setting it up so VPN clients can access the internet through the VPN (work network).

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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#4
September 15, 2011 at 08:27:16
Thank you very much Curt. I have been looking for an answer on this for quite some time and no one could ever give a simple straight answer. Thank you for all of your time.

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