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printer shows as offline while connected to vpn

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Hello Experts. My local home printer, to which i am connected wirelessly shows as offline as soon as i connect to my companies VPN. My company does allow split tunneling, but i still cannot use my local printer while on vpn. Does anyone know how to fix this. Please let me know.
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by:weifai
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It is possible that your company's VPN is assigning you to a subnet that conflicts with your own private net IP addressing.

Please provide us with the IP addresses of you local net, as well as the VPN's net to possibly judge on this subject. IP addresses and netmasks.
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by:Jackie Man
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Using Cisco VPN or something else?

Software version of the VPN?

OS Version?

In general, do the following.

On the vpn "nic", Network->ipv4->properties->advanced->ip-settings Remove check in "Use default gateway in remote network"

Source: http://superuser.com/questions/247852/rerouting-local-lan-and-internet-traffic-when-in-vpn
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by:Newguy 123
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Thank you for answering. and it does not look like VPN is assigning a different subnet to me. see attached pics. I am using Cisco AnyConnect. I also cannot ping my printer while connected to VPN. Please let me know. The IP of the Printer is 192.168.0.22
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by:Jackie Man
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You need to ask your network admin to make changes to your VPN gateway according to the info in the link below.

VPN Client and AnyConnect Client Access to Local LAN Configuration Example
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/security/asa-5500-x-series-next-generation-firewalls/70847-local-lan-pix-asa.html

"split tunneling" and "allow local lan access" are two different concepts.

The first one can only means to have access to the network devices in the remote VPN host location and you need the second one to allow you to see your local printer.

For most big corporations, the second one is prohibited as it will create a loophole for cyber attacks.
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by:masnrock
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You don't have to worry about the IP conflict problem based on what you've shown.

Did you go to the properties for "Local Area Connection 2" and make the changes that jackieman mentioned?
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by:Newguy 123
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I do not see the 'use default gateway in remote network' option under my VPN nic. I am using Win 7 pro.
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by:masnrock
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Then see Jackie Man's last comment. He beat me to the mention of what's necessary from the admin end of things. But there is no guarantee that they will make that change.
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by:weifai
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Asker's problem was solved in a live chat.
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by:Jackie Man
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Asker's problem was solved in a live chat.

Please give details.
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The solution was to manually add a route for the printer, it was missing for some reason.
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