Thread: Rogue VPN connection
November 11th, 2005, 08:06 PM #1
Rogue VPN connection
A few days ago I had to completely reinstall Windows XP from scratch (my C drive developed irrecoverable hard read errors and would not boot)
Part of the reinstallation involved setting up a VPN connection to the university where my daughter works so that she can access her work from my house.
I also treated myself to a D-Link DSL-604T ADSL wireless router in place of the ADSL modem.
The firewall in the router is set up to treat the university's VPN server as a trusted address.
So far so good, it all works like it used to before the crash.
However now the VPN connection/login box appears almost every time I change a web page on my browser or refresh my email client. I've looked at the settings but can't see anything obviously wrong.
I could give in and let it log on to the VPN, but that would mean that all my own internet traffic would be routed via the VPN (the byte counts for received / transmitted clock up even if there is no use of the university's resources) And their firewalls block my outgoing emails, presumably treating them as some kind of attempt at spam through an open relay.
Any ideas how I can stop this happening?
My Kyocera Mita FS1020D printer has both USB and Ethernet ports. I currently use USB directly to my PC, but it would be nice if anyone using the Ethernet / wireless connections could see it. So I tried connecting it to the router with an Ethernet cable, removing the USB one. The router knows itís there. I can log onto the printer with a browser and play with its settings etc. But ďadd a printer > network printerĒ canít find it.
Yes, I could make the printer shared, but this seems a more elegant solution. I can test itís working without needing a second computer and my PC does not have to be running.
November 11th, 2005, 09:57 PM #2
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Install the printer via IP. You could also do a host name but that would either rely on broadcasts or something like a hosts file. Assumably you don't have a local DNS server.
As for the IE issue, which is what the problem is, not a VPN issue. Go to IE options and check never dial a connection on the connections tab.
November 12th, 2005, 12:05 AM #3
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- Austin, tx
is the VPN using microsoft's VPN connectoid in the new connection wizard? or is it using a downloadable VPN client software application?
November 12th, 2005, 08:25 AM #4Originally Posted by kwebb
Sorry, that doesn't seem to work either. I've tried using the printer's IP address (192.168.1.5) and it's name (KY54CBE8)
"Browse for a printer" finds nothing
"Connect to this printer" using either name or IP address gets the message "Windows cannot connect to the printer yadda yadda yadda"
"Connect to a printer on ... network" using http://192.168.1.5 gives the same result.
I don't mind adding the printer to my hosts file, presumably the entry would look like
There is no local DNS server as far as I know. The router has provision for configuring a DNS server, and I've given it the IP address of my ISP's DNS server.
However I noticed that the router assigns an IP address to the printer dynamically and this has changed from yesterday (was 192.168.1.2) so will have to have a fixed IP address of the printer?
Yup, that may have done it, even though I was not using IE as the browser of choice, I use Firefox. I will have to monitor the situation, but I have not seen the VPN login box since.
November 12th, 2005, 08:26 AM #5Originally Posted by johnnyis42
November 12th, 2005, 12:54 PM #6
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- Austin, tx
ok, you need to go into the vpn connection's settings, go to the networking tab, select TCP/IP and then click the advanced button.
on that fvirst tab there you will see a checkbox at the bottom that says "use default gateway on remote network". uncheck that box and all your traffic will no longer go through the school's connection. only traffic destined for that network will.
November 12th, 2005, 09:56 PM #7Originally Posted by johnnyis42
Thanks, that makes sense. I've done that now, although the IE tweak (above) seems to have fixed it already for no apparent good reason!
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