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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue Network
In setting up a VPN on my OS X Server at the office, I was having trouble getting the OS X client option Send all traffic over VPN to actually do what it says. In fact, the setting appeared to change nothing on my client machine. After much googling and searching the Apple Discussion forums, I couldn't find anything specific to my issue, so I wanted to reveal the solution here for others to enjoy.

Simply go to your Network Preferences, open your Network Port Configurations, and drag the VPN entry to the top of the list.

This seems to force all TCP/IP traffic over the VPN no matter what the Send all traffic over VPN setting is, but only when you are connected to a VPN. I don't think this is an ideal solution, but at least it allows me to tunnel all my traffic while traveling.
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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: tcs on May 11, '07 03:56:04AM

Or, use Tunnelblick and OpenVPN.... simple, fast, and connection independent.



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: wendo on May 11, '07 09:55:24AM
I use tunelblick and openvpn. When connect to my openvpn server and go to a site like http://checkip.dyndns.com/ it still shows my en0/en1 address, instead of the address of my vpn server. This would indicate to me that my traffic is not being routed over the vpn. I haven't tried the hint yet, but will as soon as I have a chance.

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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: itistoday on May 12, '07 10:21:29AM

Great hint!



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: as2x on Mar 15, '10 01:24:10PM

Great! It worked for me on 10.5.8!



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: ookluh on Jan 11, '11 05:18:37PM

Using 10.6.5 here and it seems like I'm getting nowhere with this. Of course I can open the Network Preferences and see my connections (including the VPN connection I set up) on the left side, but I'm not sure what is meant by opening Port Configurations. Can anyone help? I would greatly appreciate it.



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: chalmerj on Feb 03, '11 11:27:38AM

I ran into this too. Once you're in network configuration, at the bottom of the interface list pane there is a small button with a gear on it. Click the button to open a drop-down menu, and select 'Set Service Order...'. Then drag the VPN connection to the top of the list, above the other network interfaces. Click 'Okay' then 'Apply' and magically your web traffic will flow through the VPN as expected. This hint solved my woes instantly.



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: ookluh on Feb 04, '11 02:13:21AM

Thanks for responding, chalmeri! I eventually found it myself but forgot to post back here. I think that it's good to have your reply here to hopefully help out other similarly challenged individuals.

For the record, once I figured out that the little cog button was the key, I was able to fix the traffic priority and get VPN working right.



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: amro on Mar 16, '11 09:59:32AM

Thank you for an excellent hint and workaround. The problem also occurs on iOS devices (iPod/iPad/iPhone) where not all the traffic goes over the VPN connection even if you select the option to do so. Anyone know of a way to move VPN to the top of the list on an iOS device or another workaround?



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A simple fix for a 'Send all traffic over VPN' issue
Authored by: bigbeezey on Dec 24, '11 12:38:57PM

I was looking for an answer to this and couldn't find it so I would post my fix. It is actually as simple as going to Network in System Preferences and set the VPN service order so that it's above the WAN adapter. You should then show the ext. ip address from the VPN server.



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