Questions: How to access company servers by using VPN connection and keep home network access at the same time?

You might have encountered this problem before: You just set up company VPN connection on laptop and able to access company servers without problem from home network, but somehow you lose the access to other home computers, printer, storage server or other local servers.

What is the main root cause for this? This is because all local network connections have been blocked while connected to the company network via VPN. Typically this is default VPN settings for company network access just so to minimize the cyber security risks, which means the company network is not at risk if your home network is hacked or compromised since it's isolated from your home network.

So how to solve this problem? Actually you will be able to access to company network and local home network at the same time if split tunneling feature is enabled for VPN connectivity. Below are two popular split tunneling approaches:

Split Tunneling - The traffic will be routed through the home network by default, but then need to choose and configure what app or URL runs through the VPN (company network) manually

Inverse Split Tunneling - All traffic is sent through the VPN (company network) and you need to choose exactly which apps or URLs to run through local home network

However as an end user typically you cannot enable split-tunneling given it needs to be enabled on the VPN gateway in which you don't really have access to. You need to talk to VPN system administrator of you company about the activation of this split tunneling feature, such as to activate it for joining online meeting via local Internet connection for better performance. Please note that most of the time you need to have strong justification for having this feature activated else the request will just be declined right away.

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