How to access files over VPN?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by jaspurr77, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. jaspurr77

    jaspurr77 LI Guru Member

    So FINALLY my VPN can connect using Vista, so happy! Now, how do I access my files once connected? I am looking to access my Western Digital Network Drive in the office (WRV200) when I am at home (WRT54GS). I can access the router set-up page, the modem set-up page, and I can access the set-up page for the Network drive using the local IP address, so it looks like connections are not a problem. I have tried using the WD software but it can not find the drive. Do I have to 'map' the drive? If so, what is the best way to do that? I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, i just need a few pushes :) Thanks!
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I would think:
    From the Vista machine
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Give this a try:


    Once you’ve made the connection and you want to connect to a shared resource that you have rights to from a remote location, open up windows explorer on the "client" computer that's initiating the vpn connection 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 enter the following information as so: \\\sharename

    Where you see sharename is where you will 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 one of the built-in accounts (i.e., power users, administrators, authenticated users, etc...) on each computer you want to access remotely; if you are in a workgroup, make sure you have an recognized user account on "each" computer you want to access.

    After you click "connect as different user," you’ll be asked to type in a username and password that has access rights on that domain or particular workstation (if you are using workgroups). After you enter the information, click ok, then click finish, and try connecting. When the box pops up asking for your credentials, enter the same information that you entered under "connect as different user. If the information you enter matches, the shared resource should pop up, provided the account you entered has the permissions set properly. If so, you’re all good now!

  4. jaspurr77

    jaspurr77 LI Guru Member

    Thanks to both of you! I just tried it when I got home and I can access my files! I bought the router for the VPN part and was so disapointed when the software did not work with Vista, but now that they fixed that everything seems to be working great. Thanks again!
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You're welcome... :)
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