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TWCWifi-Passport connects, but blocks as soon as I connect to my VPN

Is there something in Passport that prevents you from using a VPN? As a public network, even with username/password, running without a VPN puts you at significant risk.

I connect to TWCWiFi-Passport and all goes well.

I connect to PIA VPN and get indication that I have successfully connected.

I attempt to open something as simple as the Google start page and it eventually times out.

Turn off the VPN, and data transfers without issue.

Move to another network, connect to VPN, and data transfers without issue.

So, the issue seems to be Passport blocking traffic through the VPN.

Why? And is there a way to work around this? I travel and don't like the idea of working on public networks without at least a VPN.

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Expert

Re: TWCWifi-Passport connects, but blocks as soon as I connect to my VPN

There is no risk difference between vpn and non vpn on a public wifi network unless the vpn has it's own rolling encryption key...

 

Established Sharer

Re: TWCWifi-Passport connects, but blocks as soon as I connect to my VPN

A VPN occupies the WiFi continuously, and many packages will try to utilize the entire available bandwidth.  The idea behind a shared WiFi hotspot is that several users can share the internet connection for short, bursty transactions over a limited period of time, often 30 minutes.  Streaming video and VPNs don't fit that model, and many hot spot networks will force off a VPN or dramatically slow a streaming site link, so that other users can share the hot spot as intended.