How to Force a Checkmark for \”Default Gateway\” in a VPN Client?

Tired of having to check off the \”default gateway\” option every time you set up a new VPN client? You’re in luck! Since Cisco introduced their AnyConnect VPN Client for iOS in 2016, this option has been available for those who want to customize their VPN experience. Let’s take a look at how to use the checkbox for this option so you can always set up your connection with the most preferred settings at the push of a button!

Checkmark the Box Automatically

When you check the box next to the \”default gateway\” option in the AnyConnect VPN Client settings screen, the system will remember this preference every time you connect to a new VPN. This is great if you use a public Wi-Fi often while traveling, as you won’t have to keep checking off this option every time you connect to a new network. However, if you’re on a private network at work, you might want to check off this option manually so you don’t get blocked by your employer’s network (e.g., if you frequently connect to public Wi-Fi networks while traveling).

Customize the Name of the Connection

Another great feature in the AnyConnect VPN Client is the ability to customize the name of the connection. This is super useful if you connect to a network that has the same naming convention as your own network. For example, if your home network is called `Home`, the VPN connection name could be `Home` as well. This makes it much easier to connect to your network when you’re on the road. Simply type in the name of the connection you’d like to use in the field that says, \”My Connection Name\” and press the OK button. Presto! You’re connected to your home network, just like that!

Use a Specific Certificate for All Traffic

One more thing you can do to speed up your AnyConnect VPN Client is to use a specific certificate for all traffic. In the iOS app, this will be found in the Settings menu. Once you’ve activated the VPN connection, select the gear icon at the top right (next to the profile picture) and choose the option to \”Use a Specific Certificate.\” Choose the certificate you need from the drop-down menu and everything else will be handled automatically. This option is great if you use web-based mail (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail) as it prevents all TLS 1.2 warnings when accessing these services over a VPN.

Use a Specific DNS Server

DNS servers are what help your Internet requests reach their destinations by translating IP addresses into human-readable domain names. The AnyConnect VPN Client for iOS has a field in the Settings menu where you can enter the DNS server address of the network you’re connecting to. If you’re not sure what DNS servers your network uses, click on the \”+\” button at the top left of the screen to open a menu of your available choices. Finally, choose the one you prefer from the drop-down menu and press the OK button to save the setting.

With these settings, you’ll always get the default gateway option checked off when you create a VPN connection in the AnyConnect VPN Client. However, you might want to uncheck it if you use a specific DNS server for your network (since doing this can cause connectivity issues for some people). So the next time you connect to a VPN, you’ll have to manually check off this option again. But at least it’ll be saved for future connections!

Pro-Tip

If you want to use a VPN client to connect to your home network at work, it’s imperative that your employer allows VPN connections. Otherwise, you’ll most likely get blocked by their firewall when you try to connect (since they usually block all unsolicited outbound connections). To avoid this issue, you can use the AnyConnect VPN Client to connect to a server based in a different country to evade detection by your employer’s firewall. You’ll need to do some research on the country’s copyright laws before setting up this kind of arrangement (e.g., if you’re not sure whether or not the country you’re in allows copyrighted material to be downloaded without legal permission, it’s probably best to avoid using a VPN at work).

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