NWLink ipx/spx/netbios connection down

i have the NWLink ipx/spx/netbios protocal installed on my home network so my laptop can talk to the printer connected to a PC -- all running winxp.

i also have a vpn client to dial into my work; however there seems to be a conflict. as soon as i connect the vpn, internet connection goes to crap. I can no longer access a page. it will find a site, but not load the page -- just continue to connect. I can, though, communicate within my network.

once i disconnect vpn, connection is fine. is there another simple way to to set subnets so my network can communicate, or a way to setup the ipx/spx so there is no conflict. the vpn uses:
deterministic network enhancer (service)
network monitor drive (protocol)

Thanks
dombrorjAsked:
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ViRoyCommented:

try going into internet options, to connection tab and click on the LAN settings button... turn off ALL options in there including ato detect
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
hi again viroy. they're all off. i tried enabling detect too, but nothing there either
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lrmooreCommented:
What kind of VPN? Microsoft PPTP?  If yes, try going into the client, networking, TCP/IP and uncheck the box "use default gateway on remote network"..
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lrmooreCommented:
Also, is there any chance that the work LAN is the same IP subnet as your local LAN?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
it's a cisco systems vpn.

the subnet appears to be 255.255.255.0 here. not sure how to check remote subnet
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lrmooreCommented:
Not the subnet mask, but the actual IP address...
Like 192.168.1.0 there, and at work the server you are tying to get to is also 192.168.1.x

>as soon as i connect the vpn, internet connection goes to crap
Fortunately for the company, unfortunately for you, this is a feature of the Cisco VPN client and is 100% controlled by the other end. There is nothing you can do on your side that will change that behavior.
It's called split-tunneling and evidently that is not a feature that was chosen to be enabled at your company..

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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
is there another way that i can talk to my printer that is connected to another pc on a network without having to use ipx/spx?
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lrmooreCommented:
Does the printer work when not connected to the VPN?
There is another feature "allow local LAN access" that is also controlled by the VPN server that can shut you off when connected to the LAN.
If IPX does not work, then neither would NETBEUI which is your only other alternative other than connecting the printer directly to your PC..
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
yes, the printer does work when not connected to the vpn. the printer is on my home network -- which is just a simple share network.

i've seen the 'allow local lan access' feature -- should i turn that on?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
well. . . i kept tinkering and tinkering and it finally works. can brows my local network regardless to if vps is connected or not. Whoooo!
i think i may have messed up the mtu settings -- which would explain why it could brows some pages, and then find but not load others.

Thanks -- I'll divie up the points for you efforts.
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