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How to setup a VPN?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TOrpheus, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. TOrpheus

    TOrpheus LI Guru Member


    I just bought the Linksys WRV200.

    Here's the scenario that I want:

    * I have a network with computers A & B where the WRV200 router will be located.
    * I will be working from a remote computer that will need direct access to shared folders that are on computers A & B.

    Can somebody point me into the right direction on setting this up?

    I've successfully used the QuickVPN software to make a connection to the router. Now I'm just confused as to what I need to configure in order to have access to those shared folders.

  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Have you actually tested the connectivity by pinging computer A and computer B? If your connectivity is good you should beable to map via ip to the machine in question. I have yet to here an update but netbios names do not seem to work well across the tunnel.
  3. TOrpheus

    TOrpheus LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply!

    I am not able to ping the 2 computers on the network I'm trying to connect to.

    The QuickVPN client says I'm connected, however, I don't see anything on my "ipconfig" settings.

    Can you tell me what I should see, and where?

  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I was wondering that, i bet you are on the older firmware anything prior to 0.20. There was a problem with quickvpn and the earlier firmware, however .20 fixes that. So once you get upgraded you should beable to ping and access the machines in question. Please though, do not rush the upgrade, for some users the page never refreshed after the upgrade and they had to relog in. As far as what you will see, you will not in ipconfig see anything different. However you will know once you are connected because you will be able to ping the machines on the lan side. Also make you you dont have a firewall blockiing local lan requests for ICMP or make certain you allow the traffic so the machine will respond.
  5. TOrpheus

    TOrpheus LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the quick response again!

    I actually do have firmware version 1.0.20, so I'm up to date.

    I do believe I have the firewall turned off, but I will need to double check that. However, if this is any indication - when I'm on that network, I can ping computer A from computer B, and vice versa.

    So should there be any other configuration involved? On either the network side, or remote side?
  6. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Take a look at this:


    Once you’ve made the connection and you want to connect to a shared resource that you have rights to from a remote location, on the "client" computer, open up windows explorer and click on "tools," then “map a network drive.” After clicking on that, choose a driver letter and type the ip address of a computer you have rights to on that network. You would type the following: \\\sharename

    Where you see sharename would be where you would substitute the name of a folder you have share permissions to access (i.e., \\\vpn).

    Before you click finish, click on “connect as different user” because in order to connect, that local machine needs to have a "username and password" created on it so it recognizes who you are. If you are part of a domain, make sure that your "domain user account" has been added to each computer you want to access remotely.

    When you click this link, you’ll be asked to type in a username and password that has access rights. Click O.K., then click finish. The shared resource you have been given access to should pop up! If the account you’re connecting to has the permissions set properly, you’re all good now!

    If you are connecting, then you'll probably need to "fine tune" everything. :)

  7. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Yeah thats what i was trying to say.....
  8. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    first make sure the remote computers LAN is not in the same subnet as the VPN, if they are both 192.168.1.X when you type in \\192.168.1.X\Share its not going to know to use the WAN port to jump to this PC.
  9. TOrpheus

    TOrpheus LI Guru Member

    Thanks everyone, my situation has been resolved with all of your help.

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