On Windows 10, when you connect to a private network using a VPN client, you’ll notice that your Internet experience starts to slow down a lot.

The slow Internet connection may be because when you connect to a VPN server, your device will automatically add a new default route to your network connection. When this happens, your web traffic will be routed through the VPN connection and through the remote private network you connect to instead of using your local Internet connection.

In this guide, you will learn how to prevent web traffic from passing through your VPN connection by creating “split tunneling,” a network feature that will allow you to maintain a connection to your private network while still allowing web traffic to pass through your Internet connection, therefore increasing the speed of your web surfing.

To prevent your VPN connection from slowing down the Internet in Windows 10, follow these steps.

  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Click on Network and Internet.
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  • Select the Change Adapter Settings option in the left pane.
  • Right-click the VPN connection adapter and select the Properties option.

  • Click the Network tab.
  • Uncheck the “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” option.
  • Check and select the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option.
  • Click the Properties button.

  • Click the Advanced button.

  • Click on the “IP Settings” tab.
  • Clear the Use default gateway on remote network checkbox .

  • Save your changes by clicking OK.

After following these steps, you will create split tunneling in Windows 10, which will allow you to stay connected on two different networks.

However, disabling Use default gateway on remote network will allow you to access the remote location, but only to the network that matches the network ID from the IP address you received. This means that depending on your remote network requirements, you may want to consult with your network administrator to make sure that these changes do not affect your connection.

While for many users changing these settings makes more sense than sending web traffic over a VPN connection, there is a good reason for this default behavior. It is done for security reasons because it allows companies to control Internet traffic through firewalls, filters and other security solutions to monitor and enforce the organization’s network policies as if employees were physically connected to the network. Also, in most cases, using the default settings won’t affect VPN users because most of the time they’re only on one network at a time.

Although we focus on Windows 10, the same concept works for Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and virtually all versions of the operating system.

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