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Cisco VPN and Skype

I work at home and want to use a Cisco vpn client and skype connection at the same time.  I work in AZ but the parent company is in DC.  I make several calls a day and decided to get skypeOut/In.  Only problem is that I cannot connect to the home office and use skype at the same time.  I want to stop using my home phone and start using skype as my main phone number for work related phone calls.  
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ts4673Commented:
In the Cisco VPN client on the transport tab have you tried checking the allow local LAN access box
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carl_legereCommented:
you could be blocked by the Cisco VPN client's built in firewall (turn that off, right click the tray icon), you could be blocked by 'allow LAN access' as above, or you could be blocked because the cisco config does not allow it.
Ask others who have remote access if they are blocked from other internet browsing.
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lrmooreCommented:
The home office in DC must allow split-tunneling. You must talk to your network admin.
Typically, once you connect using the Cisco VPN client, *all* traffic from you is then funneled through the VPN to the main office. They may or may not have a proxy or other way for you to continue using the Internet (filtered, through their Internet connection not your own).
In Split-tunneling, only traffic from your VPN Client IP address to the LAN at the main office will be encrypted and sent down the VPN tunnel and all of your normal internet traffic then uses your own unrestricted Internet connection.
Many corporations see the split tunneling as a security risk and do not allow it.
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carl_legereCommented:
Do you have web when connected just not Skype?
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mrmundyAuthor Commented:
Irmoore is right!  This is the exact problem.  No they do not allow split-tunneling.  I now use both my laptops.  One for working, and one for making calls to DC.  It's a bummer, but it works, and they will not change their VPN setting.  Thanks for the info Irmoore.
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mrmundyAuthor Commented:
Yes Carl, I have web but not Skype.
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carl_legereCommented:
is web fairly slow, so that you can conclude that the web requests go out through them and then out the website and back through them to you for results?

I was just poking Ideas out there to see if it is some hope for you to fix this.
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lrmooreCommented:
Thanks for the update.
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mrmundyAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately,

I do go out to the web, via the VPN connection. It's not slow as I have a very fast connection.  I confirmed that Irmoore was correct.  I wish they were willing to allow split-tunneling.  It would reduce the network traffic from VPN users, and there are tons of us.  Once I run the VPN client, it highjacks all of my network cards and ports.  It stops me from using various sites, and software.

If I really need to do something - I just disconnect, and reconnect later.
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