What is VPN split tunneling?
VPN split tunneling lets you route some of your device or app traffic through the encrypted VPN tunnel while other devices or apps maintain direct access to the internet.
Use split tunneling to protect the traffic you choose, without losing access to local network devices.
Why do I need a split-tunneling VPN?
A basic VPN routes all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to protect your data from hackers and third-party snoops.
If your VPN doesn’t support split tunneling, you may run into situations where:
- You can’t access foreign and local internet services at the same time
- Transmitting all data through the VPN uses up your bandwidth
- You can’t access LAN devices while you’re connected to the VPN
With a split-tunneling VPN, you can:
- Stream foreign movies while using web services from local IP addresses
- Download safely without slowing down your other web activity
- Access your network printer while surfing the internet securely
Are there any security risks
If you set up split tunneling to exclude certain traffic from the protection of your VPN, your internet service provider or a third party could access that traffic.
To protect your online activity, use only VPN-protected connections when you handle sensitive data, downloads, or torrents.
How does ExpressVPN splittunneling work?
ExpressVPN split tunneling has two configurations:
- Split Tunneling: Protect all connected devices or applications except for those specifically excluded.
- Inverse Split Tunneling: Protect only selected devices or applications. Everything else flows outside the VPN.
VPN split tunnelingon ExpressVPN apps
ExpressVPN app for routers
You can toggle VPN protection ON or OFF for every device connected to the ExpressVPN app for routers. Use split tunneling to maintain access to your local network devices, like your printer.