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Ignorant and need help/w secure connection to home office.

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by highlevel, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. highlevel

    highlevel Network Guru Member

    Hello anyone/everyone,

    Total NEWBIE here. :)

    Don't know if I can get help here but as many of you know the manufacturers are less than cooperative.

    I would like to set up my computers so that my wife and I can access our desktop while on the road. We purchased 2 new laptops to replace an ancient one. All machines have Win XP SP2.

    I have a DSL connection and a Speedstream 5200 modem. I own a DI-804HV VPN router and just purchased a WRT54GS for our new laptops. I have searched/read so much stuff lately that I think I am overwhelmed and it seems like the connections should be easy. I am a total novice when it comes to networking so please forgive my ingnorance. I have read about VPN and port forwarding but don't really know how to make it work.

    I had tried to make a connection over the internet to the D-Link at one point from a friends computer but never did figure it out. It worked fine as a router for our LAN and previous computers at home were all linked. I removed the D-Link and installed the WRT54GS instead and had that one working great with all machines but could not figure out how to connect to the LAN/desktop (which I would like to turn into a "server" if possible) from over the internet. I have read that this may not be very easy due to NAT. So I tried connecting the D-link back into the network as the first router then to the WRT and got things working... sort of, but could not figure out the connection from the internet/WAN to my LAN. Honestly I don't know if I need to set up a VPN or what... I thought that was the direction to go but I am clueless at this point. Can anyone help me out with this??

    Thank you very much,

    Sincerely,
    Rob
     
  2. highlevel

    highlevel Network Guru Member

    Asking again... help with networking to home office

    Hello again,

    Would really like to get some help... but...

    If no one is willing to lend a hand could someone give me an idea of where I could get some clear information about what I would like to do.

    Thanks for your time.

    Sincerely,
    Rob
     
  3. pogiako

    pogiako Network Guru Member

    Re: Asking again... help with networking to home office

    what would you need sir?
     
  4. highlevel

    highlevel Network Guru Member

    Re: Asking again... help with networking to home office

    Hi,

    After much trial and error I have had no success in setting up VPN or some way to connect to my home computer network while on the road. I have read a lot about this but am unable to figure it out for myself. Do you know where I could get some help with this or get some useful information. Thank you very much.

    I posted the following a few days ago.


    "Hello anyone/everyone,

    Total NEWBIE here.

    Don't know if I can get help here but as many of you know the manufacturers are less than cooperative.

    I would like to set up my computers so that my wife and I can access our desktop while on the road. We purchased 2 new laptops to replace an ancient one. All machines have Win XP SP2.

    I have a DSL connection and a Speedstream 5200 modem. I own a DI-804HV VPN router and just purchased a WRT54GS for our new laptops. I have searched/read so much stuff lately that I think I am overwhelmed and it seems like the connections should be easy. I am a total novice when it comes to networking so please forgive my ingnorance. I have read about VPN and port forwarding but don't really know how to make it work.

    I had tried to make a connection over the internet to the D-Link at one point from a friends computer but never did figure it out. It worked fine as a router for our LAN and previous computers at home were all linked. I removed the D-Link and installed the WRT54GS instead and had that one working great with all machines but could not figure out how to connect to the LAN/desktop (which I would like to turn into a "server" if possible) from over the internet. I have read that this may not be very easy due to NAT. So I tried connecting the D-link back into the network as the first router then to the WRT and got things working... sort of, but could not figure out the connection from the internet/WAN to my LAN. Honestly I don't know if I need to set up a VPN or what... I thought that was the direction to go but I am clueless at this point. Can anyone help me out with this??

    Thank you very much,

    Sincerely,
    Rob"


    Thanks again.
     
  5. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

  6. highlevel

    highlevel Network Guru Member

    Hi,

    Thanks... I will check it out.

    Got frustrated so I took a few days off working on this... after a week solid. Hope I can get somewhere as I start a four month long job next week (on the road).
     

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