Access Remote Desktop

December 10, 2009 at 04:45:53
Specs: Windows XP, Core2 Duo T2400 w/ 1 GB RAM
I am attempting to access my work PC from my laptop via a remote desktop connection while on a VPN.

I have no problems when connected directly to my cable modem by ethernet cable, but when I hook up my SMC wireless router, I get the following error message: "This computer can't connect to the remote computer." The VPN works fine both wired and wireless.

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December 10, 2009 at 04:47:33
To clarify, the wireless router is at my home. Both Machines are running XP Pro.

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December 10, 2009 at 06:27:20
can you explain why you are using a vpn when the router is connected?

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December 10, 2009 at 06:44:37
When you're connected wirelessly, are you sure you're obtaining an IP address?


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December 10, 2009 at 06:56:22
The VPN is required by the company for security purposes. I am able to connect to the VPN with no issues and am able to browse other websites while connected to the both the Wireless connection on its own and the wireless connection + VPN.

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December 10, 2009 at 08:46:21
Why??? Cannot say (because I don't know)

I would suggest connecting using the wired connection, restart the office PC (Alt+Ctrl+End, shut down, restart),

Restart the home laptop and reconnect wirelessly.


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December 10, 2009 at 13:11:24
Interesting your vpn client does split tunnel vpn [internet and work at the same time]. Mine doesn't [sonicwall] though split tunnel is considered less secure.

It does sound like your router is blocking returning authenication/sync requests. Find out what ports your work vpn is using and make sure they are open on your router.

If the vpn is working but your rdp isn't than make sure port 3389 is open on your router for rdp though that really shouldn't apply since you are doing a vpn tunnel.

Can you rdp to your workstation locally from a different work pc?

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December 10, 2009 at 16:02:50
Test vpn with file shares. If fails then port issue is to blame. Might be different firewall rules on wired and wireless.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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