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Force VPN connection to use a network adapter

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I have a PC which has 2 network adapters on it. One of them is our main office network and is protected by a Cisco router/firewall that we can't configure (long story). In its current configuration it will not allow the VPN connection. The 2nd network adapter connects to a different network which goes through a SonicWall router/firewall that we CAN configure and it allows the VPN connection just fine. I have created a VPN connection which works fine when I disconnect the Cisco network cable but as soon as I reconnect it the VPN connection fails again. Is there a way to force the VPN connection to use a specific network adapter so the host machine can still be connected to both networks?

I'm using Windows 10
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Question by:Russ Suter
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What VPN client are you using. Any one I have used will just use the lower Interface Metric in the network adapter setup.
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by:Istvan Kalmar
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yes, You need to create permament route for vpn server on specific LAN, and you need to add for this network gateway
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What Istvan means is something like this:
With 192.168.1.1 being your SonicWall,
1.1.1.1 your VPN gateway to reach,
route add -p 1.1.1.1 192.168.1.1

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Of course this requires to have a static IP for the VPN destination. You can use a less strict route for dynamic IPs, but might route unwanted traffic that way.
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by:Russ Suter
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This is just a Windows VPN. I was hoping to accomplish this without needing to alter the router/firewall config.
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by:Qlemo
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This is without any change on the router side. You set that route on your VPN client PC, and that's it.
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by:Russ Suter
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That worked like a charm. Thank you.
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