BEFSR41 v3 and VPN...I think

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by de50ae, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. de50ae

    de50ae Network Guru Member

    My setup:

    BEFSR41v3 connected to Verizon DSL
    Connected to the router:
    PentiumIII/WinXP Home(SP2) - primary internet surfer
    PentiumIV/WinXP Pro(SP2) - primary game machine/some 'net surfing
    D-Link DSS-5+ switch with the following connected:
    - PentiumIII (Dual CPU)/Win2000(SP4) - data storage..for now
    - PentiumIII (Dual CPU)/Mandrake10.1 - testing/getting used to Linux ;)

    There are times when I'm at work and could really use a document on my PCs here at home. Is there a way that I can access my home network from outside?

    I've been searching Google, but sifting through all the crap is tough. :) I did manage to find this site, so I figured I might as well just hunker down here and stay a while.

    Cheers :)
  2. nickc

    nickc Network Guru Member

    Hi - I access my computer from work in two ways...

    1. Using XP remote desktop to get a desktop up from a home machine. Remote desktop is encrypted for free, so no one can see your key strokes etc.
    2. Connecting to an apache webserver on one of my home machines. I use this to get at files from my home machine and have put some apache authorization on it so only I can access stuff.

    Simple to do - unless your work firewall blocks you access :)...

    1. I use (free) which sits on my home machine running the little client program that tells what my IP is currently set to. This means that I can access my external router IP using And if my ISP change my IP, it automatically updates at

    2. Forward the remote desktop port (3389 IIRC) on my router to the IP of my home machine.

    3. Forward apache port (I am using 8081 as I only use it for personal stuff) to the machine that I am running apache on.

    I wouldn't want to go down the windows file sharing route although probably is possible, very insecure... Also VPN was too much messing - I did try the one that comes with XP, but couldn't configure my work machine to connect to it properly. Anyway, the setup above works for me - couple of things worth noting: you can't use remote desktop to 'get at' files, which I guess its fairly obvious. And with the apache server, although you can get files, you have to configure an apache mapping to them... and you can't update them (unless you put in some cgi scripts etc).

    My router is a BEFW11S4v4 (1.50.14) and my home PC's are all running XP,SP2.

    Hope this helps :)
  3. de50ae

    de50ae Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the info. I'll have to get into it this weekend. I hate it when work cuts into my play time. :D
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