Disable your wireless network card to speed up VPN’ing

Raymond Chen

As a follow-up to my tip on speeding up connecting via RAS and a SmartCard, I’ve been told that another trick you can do is to disable your wireless networking card before initiating the VPN connection. Wireless networking cards are a huge attack surface, and the VPN software spends a lot of time trying to secure it.

I don’t have a wireless networking card on the machine I use at home to connect to the work network, so I haven’t tried it, but who knows, maybe it’ll work for you.


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