Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
With most VPNs, as soon as the VPN connection is established, it will take precedence over all other network connections.
Access to the Internet (other than to keep the VPN connection itself alive) will go via the VPN and the corporate network you are connected to, rather than the local ISP.
Furthermore, access to the local network is temporarily disabled.
As a result, your local print server may not be accessible, you cannot use devices via the Network USB hub, or the USB ports on your router (if it has these), you may not even be able to access your local router's configuration page or ping the router or other machines in the local network.
This is done because of security reasons. When a computer is connected to a corporate network via a VPN, the administrator needs to make sure that that machine can not act as a some form of a gateway enabling other machines in the local network to access that corporate network in any way. For that reason, the machine connecting via the VPN must temporarily be isolated from the local network.
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