New WRT54GS to replace a switch / network configuration

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Gradaltha, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Gradaltha

    Gradaltha Network Guru Member


    I need some help with my brand new Linksys AP. I've found this site very resourceful so I hope you can help me with this one.

    At the moment my configuration is like this:

    ADSL-modem -> WinXP server computer with two NICs -> SMC switch -> main computer.

    The server computer is always on, and I use it remotely from the main computer.

    Now this configuration is about to change. I've just bought the WRT54GS and I want to replace the SMC switch with it. What would be the best way when I still need to use the remote connection to the server computer with both main computer and laptop and also take advantage of the WRT54GS features (firewall etc.)?
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    How do you "use it remotely from the main computer"?

    Assuming your WinXP server is really a client in disguise, will the classic broadband router setup works for you?

    Modem > Router > Workgroup clients
  3. Gradaltha

    Gradaltha Network Guru Member

    I use it remotely via VNC. The thing is, the "server computer", which really is just a normal WinXP client, must have an IP address from my ISP because otherwise I couldn't use the remote connection from my work place.
  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    You just need to setup port forwarding on the router to forward packets on the port VNC uses to the local IP address of the PC acting as the VNC server.
  5. Gradaltha

    Gradaltha Network Guru Member

    Hi all!

    I had today some time to set up the network. I was amazed how easy it was to configure this Linksys AP.

    Like TazUk said, port forwarding was the key to solve this problem. Special thanks to TazUk!
  6. zaphod

    zaphod Network Guru Member

    another tip:

    try to use rdp (Port 3389) instead of vnc, it works faster in the windows environment... (look for remotedesktop at the server)

    you can use 2 connections without paying for extra licenses....

    just try it


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