I have DSL through my apartment (it's free so I can't bitch too much) but it's pretty crappy. Lately my connection has been spotty at best (extremely slow connection or no connection at all during some hours during the day, some peak hours, which I understand; others are at 7:00am in the morning things that shouldn't happen at all) Anyways, I had problems with my connection last night and I was pissed to say the least. Anyways, I hit the wrong icon and I actually signed into my VPN connection through my university. It's mind boggling because I have no internet connection to load pages or things of that nature, but not only was I able to log in to my VPN but I was able to then able to have an internet connection. I haven't gone too in depth into VPN's, but know most of the basics. Though, if I'm not mistaken, if I have no internet connection, should I be able to sign into a VPN that isn't local? (I'm connecting through my router to IU's VPN all through this shady DSL connection, normally I have to go into VPN to connect at school otherwise I can't load anything) Any input to this or is my general thinking correct?