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I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 with Firestarter to share the Internet connection. There are some people on the network that need to connect to an external VPN.

The problem is that only the first computer can connect to any given VPN network.

If another computer needs to connect to an external VPN server, it is necessary to reboot Ubuntu and/or Firestarter for them to access it.

Can somebody please help me with fixing this?

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Hello User21488: chances are that all of the VPNs are setup to use the same port (for example, port 1723). The first computer is having incoming traffic to the router on that port (exclusively) delivered back to it.

It should be possible to setup multiple forwarding ports; eg. 1723 for the first computer, 1724 to the second computer, 1725 to the next but this will also require that you tell either the local computer or the remote VPN concentrator (depending on your setup) to use that particular port for the session with the computer in question.

It would be useful if you could post some more details about your exact setup, what software you are using and what configuration options you have been given?

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imho It is more likely that the VPN server (if it is the same they are connecting to) refuses to open a new connection to an IP already connected.. –  LassePoulsen Jul 22 '11 at 1:05

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