Logging in via remote desktop XP Pro SP3 prob

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September 22, 2009 at 12:17:58
Specs: Windows XP

I was hoping someone would be able to help me out
please as I have been struggling on this problem for
over a year - yes you heard it correct over a year 

The problem I have is I’m trying to get windows
remote desktop to work externally (I know there are
people who keep telling me to use
logmein/teamviewer but I don’t really want to use
anything but remote desktop for some other reasons).
I have remote desktop working in my house, I tested
the home PC with my laptop and it worked (even
though It took me absolutely ages as I had to narrow
down the problem to mcafee firewall so now I have
enabled remote desktop port 3389 in Mcafee). When I
go out of town to my sisters house and I try to log
onto my home computer It’s not letting me on for
some reason, my knowledge of computers is not that
great so please be gentle with me.

Both of the computers are XP Professional SP3, and
my computer/laptop at home is behind a netgear
router (In Netgear I went on to remote management
and changed the port from 8080 to 3389).

Now when I’m at my sisters house and I open remote
desktop I enter http://XXXXX:3389/ but that
just shows my router interface? I have also tried my
pc dhcp ip address and
http://XXXXX:3389/ but again I
can only see the router interface.

If I’m doing something which is really stupid then I’m
sorry its just I don’t have that much knowledge of
computers  I have disabled my windows firewall.

Please help me, I will be forever grateful as I’m
loosing the will to live.

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September 22, 2009 at 12:24:51
if you`re password protected, then do the following :

Click Start, point to Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK to start the Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Double-click on Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.
Click Disabled, and then click OK.
Quit Group Policy Editor.

NOTE: By default, this policy is on (enabled).

our patience is big

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September 22, 2009 at 12:46:27
"(In Netgear I went on to remote management
and changed the port from 8080 to 3389)." That is what RDP needs. Put that back.

You may have to set UPNP on one router and all should work fine.

Might have to NAT to computer. Depends on install.

Start with RUN , MSTSC instead of browers. Use only the IP address with no ports.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 23, 2009 at 07:34:18
Hi – I have an update.

I know I had two options available regarding my ip address
so I could either change it from dhcp to static or get my
router to reserve my ip address. I thought I would leave this
option for later as I would prefer to get the rdp working before
I worry about the ip address.

So I reverted back to 8080 on my router and on the router
interface I went into port forwarding and created a new
service, I named it, left the service type as TCP/UDP,
inserted 3389 as the starting port and the ending port and
then changed the server IP address as my ip address on my
XP Pro SP3.

So I have the port forwarding working now what do I do on
my sisters computer? Do I open up remote desktop on her
computer or do it via internet explorer? What do I enter? Do
I enter the Ip address or the computer name? How do I enter
it? Do I enter the netgear ip address first and then my
computer ip address? For example

I have vnc server running on my xp Pro Sp3 computer if that
helps, do I use the ip address on my computer or the ip
address vnc server has?

Thanks again for all your help :)

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September 24, 2009 at 02:13:34
Problem has been resolved but how do I edit my first post as I
want to remove the ip address.

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September 24, 2009 at 08:03:48
There is an edit button on your post but there is no need to edit the ip. Millions of us have the same internal ip(s). There is no risk here.,

Yes changing remote management to the rdp port number would not accomplish anything except if you wanted to access your router via the internet. That is what remote management means in a router.

Glad you figured out you have to port forward to the internal ip address of the workstation.

You have two options to use to connect to your sisters pc.

Option1: once rdp-ed to your computer simple rdp to hers.

Option2: edit your sisters pcs registry and change the rdp port to 3390. Then in the router do a port forward to her static ip address and that port number.

Here is the regedit how to

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