Allow Local Network Access


VirtualShield now provides a feature called Local Network Access, allowing you to use your Wi-Fi and LAN (Local Area Network) connected devices, while keeping your data private at the same time.

Also known as Split Tunneling, this option allows you to communicate with other wireless devices on your network (mouse/keyboard, gamepad, printer, etc.) while the VPN is active.

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If you have any wireless devices connected to your computer, we recommend enabling this option. Otherwise, all traffic will be routed through the VPN tunnel, including your local/Wi-Fi traffic.

Disabling it provides an additional layer of security, by blocking all outside traffic from reaching your local network. However, you may not be able to access these devices until you disconnect.

This is especially important when making online purchases or browsing the web at a public hotspot, like at a coffee shop or airport.

Local Network Access

How to enable or disable Split Tunneling on your Windows computer:

Open VirtualShield and log in to your account, if you are not logged in already.

For more help logging in and connecting, see our support article.

In the Secure VPN section, click  More and choose VPN Settings from the menu.

You can also right-click the shield icon next to your clock, then navigate to VPN > VPN Settings from the menu.


Toggle the Split Tunneling option on or off, then click the  back arrow to return to the Home screen.

You may need to re-connect to the VPN after saving your settings before the changes will be applied.

Common Questions

Do I need Split Tunneling if I'm not using Wi-Fi?
No, if you have a hardwired or cellular connection you can safely disable this option. However, we recommend leaving it on in case your network changes.
Do I need Split Tunneling for Bluetooth devices?
No, this only applies to Wi-Fi/LAN connected devices. Your Bluetooth devices will not be impacted by this option.

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