Accessing Shared Drives through a VPN client.

February 23, 2011 at 08:25:11
Specs: Windows 7
Hi I just set up a VPN connection from my laptop (Win 7) to my office network using Netgear Prosafe VPN client software to my Netgear Prosafe VPN router. I can connect successfully to the router and can successfully ping any of the devices on my work network. Currently, there are shared drives on the work network that I'd like to access from the laptop. All file sharing options are set so that other local machines can access through the network (the drive I'm trying to access runs off of an XP machine). Any attempts at mapping or using \\ipaddress\file come back with a "windows cannot access" message. What am I missing?

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#1
February 23, 2011 at 11:51:26
can you access them when in the office?

if you do a ipconfig /all does your vpn connection have a work lan ip?

can you ping the work pcs by ip?

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#2
February 23, 2011 at 12:12:31
I can access the drives within the office. The office is fully networked and the various shared files and drives work fine. It does NOT appear as though the VPN has a workplace IP. I can open the router UI and see attached devices and it looks as though there are only the local machines. But, that being said, I can successfully ping any of the office machines with my laptop through the VPN. I can also open the router UI at the office through the VPN. Hope this will help fill in some of the blanks.

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#3
February 23, 2011 at 14:11:18
If you notice from the link below Netgear's config has the local lan ip for vpn access

We have our local lan like
192.168.1.2-240
whereas the vpn clients are
192.168.241-254


http://kb.netgear.com/ci/fattach/ge...

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#4
February 23, 2011 at 14:53:57
I don't quite see the alternate IP you're pointing out. To complicate matters, the tutorial offered by Netgear doesn't match up to the software they provide for the VPN ProSafe Client. I'm assuming they have updated the software but not the tutorials. The images in those links are completely different from what the software actually looks like. In any case, once I connect via VPN should the router, as the DHCP Server assign the laptop a new IP? Because it definitely hasn't. I'm curious if I have something wrong in the laptop setting that is preventing it from being recognized on the network.

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#5
February 23, 2011 at 15:01:15
what is your work lan ip range then?

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#6
February 23, 2011 at 15:13:35
192.168.0.0

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#7
February 23, 2011 at 16:11:55
We have our local lan like
192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.240
whereas the vpn clients are
192.168.0.241 through 192.168.0.254

I see I missed one octet on my second ip listing on the previous post.

The point here is you need your vpn to provide a ip address in the work lan subnet while not causing a ip conflict [assigning duplicate ips].

make more sense now? The link I provided was more of a guide then the exact manual

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#8
May 20, 2011 at 15:23:18
If you can ping the IP,,,,, it's not a IP issue Unless your pinging another device that is local.

I have the same issue and I set it up on the an XP PC and had no problem maping a drive so I think it has to do with the windows 7 firewall settings.


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