Configuring a split tunnel PPTP VPN in Windows 7 - ISInc

While working remotely I noticed my bandwidth would drop when I connected to our VPN. It appeared that all internet packets were being routed through our VPN connection. While this normally wouldn’t be a problem, I often found myself downloading large files and my connection performance was limited to the available bandwidth to the VPN connection. That’s when I learned about what a “split tunnel” vpn connection is. I wrote this article to walk you through the process of setting up your VPN to take advantage of this option in Windows Networking.

With a “split tunnel vpn” connection, the internet traffic is routed through the local gateway connection. All other network traffic works through the vpn connection as you would expect. This is a feature that is available with Windows Vista and XP PPTP VPN connections, but it isn’t the default setting.

Here is how you configure your VPN connection to use the local gateway:

Step 1

Right click on your VPN connection and choose “properties”

Step 2

Click on the “Networking” tab. This is where we will need to make changes to the TCP/IP settings for your VPN connection. If you are using V6 IP addresses or V4, you’ll need to make the change in both locations just to be sure.

Step 3

Click on the “Advanced” button to get to the Advanced TCP/IP options

Step 4

The VPN connection by default configures all packets to route to the remote server’s gateway. We want to turn this option off by clicking on the “Use default gateway on remote network” option.

That’s it! Once you have made those changes you will notice your internet packets are no longer automatically routing through the VPN server.


  1. Brilliant. Thanks for your effort. 30 seconds and one checkbox change made all the difference to my internet speed. Normally I would have asked my friend the ITC Director of my company, this time I did it myself.
    Thanks again.

  2. No problem! Glad we could help

  3. i am experiencing this problem. what if there is no such option under the TCP/IP settings? there is no available box to uncheck (windows 7) can you assist with what i should do in this case.

    thanks in advance

  4. Which option are you referring to that you do not have?

  5. Perfect.


  6. Amazing!

  7. How to solve the problem if different VPN client or protocol (for example Junos Pulse, OpenVPN) is used?

  8. Steve Merrette Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Windows 7 Pro does not have a tab for “Networking” under the adapter properties. How do you achieve split tunneling for that? PPTP VPN BTW…

  9. I am running Windows 10 but the steps appear to be the same. In fact, I had this working fine until I recently “refreshed” my laptop by reinstalling Windows. In Step 2, clicking on the “properties” button doesn’t take me to the next step, it does nothing. The button isn’t greyed out, and when I click on the button it appears to “depress” but then nothing else happens. Any suggestions?

  10. I had the same problem under Windows 10 as ben describes. I was able to fix it by following the instructions in the following link:

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