2 Network connections - forcing IE to use One

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Gottafly

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Hi everyone,

I have a laptop running Windows XP. I have a LAN connection to a corporate network and at the same time a dial-up connection for VPN access to another network.

When I have both connected Internet Explorer always uses the dial-up connection.

How can I force all Internet traffic through the LAN conenction rather than the dial-up connection?

Thanks

Mark
 
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HI Gottafly,

if you open IE and to to the Tools Menu then InternetOptions, select the Connections (tab) select you DialUP ISP and then click the option 'Dial whenever a network connection is not present' then click the 'Set default' button, that should sort it
 
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Sounds like you have your Dialup connection set to Always dial . . .

Open IE, go to Tools, Internet Options, Connections, and make sure you select the option for Dial whenever a network connection is not present.

Sometimes, this setting does not always work, so you could change it to Never Dial a connection. If you have to go this route, then you need to manually open your Dial-up networking connection when trying to dial into your VPN, but the easiest way to get around that would be to create a shortcut on your desktop to that Dial-up networking option.
 

Gottafly

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Thanks for the responses guys - unfortunately I already had that setting set (to Never Dial a Connection). To try to help, here is more specific information about what I am doing:

- I connect to a LAN in the office via a standard TCP/IP connection - NIC.
- I access the network services including the internet with no problem.
- I then manually dial-up to another network (using a wireless modem card) and connect to the second network - through which I run my VPN software.
- As soon as the second connection is established - all Internet activity goes through the dial-up, not the LAN (which obviously makes it much slower). All other network functions still work fine (printing, file servers, etc)

What I want is for the system to always use the LAN connection for internet.

Hope this helps?

Cheers

Mark
 
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Have you tried configuring the VPN client not to use the VPN as the gateway. For example with XP, the default Client TCP/IP setting might interfere with your ability to access the Internet while having a VPN connection.

To correct this:
1. Go to the properties for your VPN connection
2. Click on the Networking tab
3. Double click on TCP/IP
4. Click on the Advanced button
5. Uncheck "Use default gateway on remote computer"
 
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