Dual NIC Config Help: VPN Client, 2 NICs, 1 WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Spyderman, May 23, 2004.

  1. Spyderman

    Spyderman Network Guru Member

    Ok guys & gals:

    I need some help, I am having a network brain freeze here.


    1. Establish a VPN tunnel to my Employer's Network (10.x.x.x) using the Nortel Contivity VPN Client v4.15.06 through one of my NICs. I am accomplishing this today but once I establish the VPN connection it disables my access to local resources like print servers, cameras and other machines on my 192.168.1.x LAN behind a Linky WRT54G running Sveasoft pre3.8.

    So in addition to getting #1 done, I also need:

    2. Have a second NIC on my laptop which is basically a separate connection to my local home network and is not touched by the VPN client when it establishes its tunnel with the mothership.

    I know there is a way to do this, in fact I did it a long time ago at another company but now I am just drawing a blank here and don't have a lot of time for trial and errors.

    Can you help?

    My laptop is running WinXP Pro.
    NIC 1 is the one built-in on the Toshiba Tecra9000
    NIC 2 is a Linky 54G Wireless Card

    Appreciate any suggestions or links to where I can re-learn how to do this.

    Thanks in advance...

  2. tallicalord

    tallicalord Network Guru Member

    God damn!!!... I'm experiencing the same problem as you, and unfortunately nobody has an answer.

    :cry: :cry: :sad:
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    When you establish the VPN connection and logon on to the work domain, the policies that apply are the group policies of the domain not the local policies of your workstation. Check with your domain administrator and the setting of the VPN client. The setting and policies usual disable access to any local LAN, since your local workgroup is not trusted. I tried to change the setting of my Citrix VPN client, but the group polices on my work domain prevented the access to any second NIC on my workstation.
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It appears to be that howard has the answer that makes sense; all computers (local and remote) are at the mercy of whatever policy is instituted on that network. Most vpn connections are like this to ensure no viruses are introduced to the network should someone choose to go web surfing while connected.

    I'm not familiar with sveasoft firmware or the policies of your company so there's not much else I can mention here.

    Sorry, however, I'll keep your situation in mind (I come across alot of info while surfing.

  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    It just occurred to me, fellas! I don't know where you can do this off the bat in linksys (but I plan on looking), but check on the tcp/ip properties for the card and see if there is an option where you see a "check-marked" box that says "use default gateway of remote network." If you were connecting with a microsoft vpn client from XP or 2000, you just uncheck this box and you have the capability to use your local resources again.

    Find this and you'll have your local lan connection back...

  6. doctorknight

    doctorknight Guest

    I have nearly (but not quite) the same issue. I must use the Contivity 4.15 VPN Client for my job. I live in rural locale though and high-speed is non-existent. Thus my tunneled connection is across dial-up. Once dialed in and logged on ... I lose my LAN.

    I suspect I cannot get to my LAN attached (via the WRT54Gv2 Wireless Router at printers though for this very same reason as discussed in this thread - the difference being dial-up and not a second NIC.

    I am using WinXP Pro on an HP Pavilion zd8000. Is there any configuration I can use? I have fought this for days, now weeks before even finding this forum thread. Thank you for any insights.

  7. trey504

    trey504 Network Guru Member

    For windows you do this:
    Open Network connections -> right click your VPN and goto properties -> goto networking tab -> click tcp/ip then click properties -> click advanced and uncheck the check box
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