Well, after searching for hours and hours, I have finally found a solution to a small but troublesome problem. The problem (if you call it that) occurs when I tried connecting to my work’s VPN. Rather than not using my work’s gateway when connected, OSX does this by default. Hence, you can see and hit your internal IPs but not resolve the rest of the internet.
In Windows XP, this may be disabled via the following:
- Open Network Connections
- Under Virtual Private Network, open the Properties of your connection
- Click and open Properties for “Internet Protocal (TCP/IP)”
- Click on Advanced
- Disable “Use default gateway on remote network”
- Hit OK, OK, and then you’re done
Although it’s easy in Windows XP, I couldn’t figure it out for OSX. I searched and search to finally get this article from macosxhints, Avoid Creating PPTP Default Routes. The hints at the very bottom of the comments helped somewhat, but didn’t get me to view my internal IPs—which was the reverse of the original problem. Luckily, with a little bit more search, I landed on this article page by Christian Stocker on Changing default routes on OSX on VPN. Though it was the same as the previous page from macosxhints, I saw this short and sweet reply which happen to have fixed everything:
lonnie @ 22.08.2006 19:22 CEST
Internet Connect 1.4.2 has
Connect Menu -> Options…
|X| Send all traffic over VPN connection
Unchecking should do the same.
I hope this article could be of help, and save those who are looking for the same solution sanity and time.
on snow leo you do not have an “advanced” button in the prefs.
and the option “use vpn for all traffic” does although not work.…
any idea haw to fix?
You sir, are the superhero of the internet. Thank you for this!
I needed to do a little bit more; On snow leopard you have to set the VPN as the first network service. With the small settings icon on the bottom of the network preferences there is the option “change service order”. Hope this helps someone too.
Thanks for the info Jelle. Cheers!