I use Streamvia VPN (OpenVPN client) to stream programming from back home in the UK and haven’t had any issues until now. Let me be clear, I am not blaming Streamvia, but there seems to be some sort of compatibility issue with Windows 8 and the OpenVPN system when connected via Wi-Fi. The VPN connects fine, allocates me an IP address but it doesn’t seem to have Internet access, I get “looking up… <-URL->“. I disconnect Wi-Fi and connect an Ethernet cable and everything works fine. I never had this problem on Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 8 on the very same laptop.
Top marks to StreamVia, I contacted their support department and James promptly responded, worked with me to resolve the issue. It turns out that it’s a Windows 8 issue, for some reason, the ‘netman’ service is not running by default, it really is as simple as enabling the “netman” service.