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XP Pro VPN Client with Netgear FVS318 Router

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March 7, 2005 6:40:36 AM

Archived from groups: comp.dcom.vpn (More info?)

First off, I can find my way around my computers but do NOT consider
myself a power user or expert by any means. That said.....

A friend gave me a FVS318 router that looks brand new. He owned it for
about a year and used it only as a firewall router. The firmware is V
2.4. I now have it installed in my home network and it works flawlessly
as a router and network switch for the 4 computers on our network.

I would like to be able to establish a secure VPN connection to my home
network and access the computers there when I travel (often). I am
running a peer-to-peer network using XP home on 2 of the computers and
XP Pro on the other 2. I use XP Pro on one of the office machines and my
notebook that travels with me. My IP address from BellSouth is static
and all of my computers on the network are set to static addresses. I
have a 3mb/sec DSL account at my home.

I have tried EVERYTHING I can find on the Netgear website for using the
XP Client (which Netgear told me will work with "no problem"). No luck.
I have followed the proceedure on their website SEVERAL times and I
can't get the thing to work at all.

If anyone has some clear instructions for setting up the XP client and
the FVS318 I would really appreciate some help. Also any advice you
might have for being able to browse and access my network while
traveling would be great! Feel free to email me at the address on this
post. Just remove the OBVIOUS "nospam" in the address.

Thanks in advance for your help. From what I have read in researching
this, it is a pretty common problem that Netgear seems unwilling to
address in a simple and logical manner. Think maybe they want all of us
to buy their VPN client instead of using the FREE one we already have???

rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com
Anonymous
March 9, 2005 6:36:58 PM

Archived from groups: comp.dcom.vpn (More info?)

Its possible but you need to know the XSP client setup - looks like a steep
learning curve
An alternative is to run VNC on one machine you can then use to hop onto the
other machines in the network

"Steve" <rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com> wrote in message
news:U2QWd.6496$Q83.3994@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
> First off, I can find my way around my computers but do NOT consider
> myself a power user or expert by any means. That said.....
>
> A friend gave me a FVS318 router that looks brand new. He owned it for
> about a year and used it only as a firewall router. The firmware is V
> 2.4. I now have it installed in my home network and it works flawlessly
> as a router and network switch for the 4 computers on our network.
>
> I would like to be able to establish a secure VPN connection to my home
> network and access the computers there when I travel (often). I am
> running a peer-to-peer network using XP home on 2 of the computers and
> XP Pro on the other 2. I use XP Pro on one of the office machines and my
> notebook that travels with me. My IP address from BellSouth is static
> and all of my computers on the network are set to static addresses. I
> have a 3mb/sec DSL account at my home.
>
> I have tried EVERYTHING I can find on the Netgear website for using the
> XP Client (which Netgear told me will work with "no problem"). No luck.
> I have followed the proceedure on their website SEVERAL times and I
> can't get the thing to work at all.
>
> If anyone has some clear instructions for setting up the XP client and
> the FVS318 I would really appreciate some help. Also any advice you
> might have for being able to browse and access my network while
> traveling would be great! Feel free to email me at the address on this
> post. Just remove the OBVIOUS "nospam" in the address.
>
> Thanks in advance for your help. From what I have read in researching
> this, it is a pretty common problem that Netgear seems unwilling to
> address in a simple and logical manner. Think maybe they want all of us
> to buy their VPN client instead of using the FREE one we already have???
>
> rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com
Anonymous
March 28, 2005 11:54:32 PM

Archived from groups: comp.dcom.vpn (More info?)

Problem Solved! I took the advice and downloaded TightVNC from the web.
Installed with NO problem and works like a champ. I can now access my
network from the road and do everything I wanted. I would certainly
reccomend this solution to anyone who is tired of fighting the "Netgear
Battle". Maybe not as cool as a real VPN, but it works!!

Steve <rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com> wrote in
news:U2QWd.6496$Q83.3994@bignews5.bellsouth.net:

> Subject: XP Pro VPN Client with Netgear FVS318 Router
> From: Steve <rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com>
> Newsgroups: comp.dcom.vpn
>
> First off, I can find my way around my computers but do NOT consider
> myself a power user or expert by any means. That said.....
>
> A friend gave me a FVS318 router that looks brand new. He owned it for
> about a year and used it only as a firewall router. The firmware is V
> 2.4. I now have it installed in my home network and it works
> flawlessly as a router and network switch for the 4 computers on our
> network.
>
> I would like to be able to establish a secure VPN connection to my
> home network and access the computers there when I travel (often). I
> am running a peer-to-peer network using XP home on 2 of the computers
> and XP Pro on the other 2. I use XP Pro on one of the office machines
> and my notebook that travels with me. My IP address from BellSouth is
> static and all of my computers on the network are set to static
> addresses. I have a 3mb/sec DSL account at my home.
>
> I have tried EVERYTHING I can find on the Netgear website for using
> the XP Client (which Netgear told me will work with "no problem"). No
> luck. I have followed the proceedure on their website SEVERAL times
> and I can't get the thing to work at all.
>
> If anyone has some clear instructions for setting up the XP client and
> the FVS318 I would really appreciate some help. Also any advice you
> might have for being able to browse and access my network while
> traveling would be great! Feel free to email me at the address on this
> post. Just remove the OBVIOUS "nospam" in the address.
>
> Thanks in advance for your help. From what I have read in researching
> this, it is a pretty common problem that Netgear seems unwilling to
> address in a simple and logical manner. Think maybe they want all of
> us to buy their VPN client instead of using the FREE one we already
> have???
>
> rolandcsmith@nospamyahoo.com
>
>
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