Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

I recently set up a VPN using pptp and a Billion 74xy router and it works like a charm. However being a noob to VPN I have a question for an expert after googling for hours and not finding a conclusive answer. I noticed I couldn't browse the clients shared directories from the server side. maybe this is normal? to test it I set up a different scenario and used the windows built in VPN and used port forwarding on a different router/location and connected the client, this also setup and worked like a charm. however it had exactly the same behaviour, you could see the servers network from the client, but could not see the client's shares from the server side.

can anyone tell me what is going on and if its possible to even do this and how do I achieve it?

many thanks in advance.

P.S. i read about using the 'hosts' file but could not nail down a solution?

RE: Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

Hi czar777,

I read your post on the fact that you do not see any network shares. I am encountering the exact same thing. I have set up a PPTP connection to my home network. I get connected without problems. Then i would like to browse some samba shares on my network or ssh my webserver. Connected from my work network this is not working. When i use my smartphone it actually is. I suspect that this issue is caused by the network range used on both networks (work / home). In fact the gateway IP address is exactly the same at work compared to home. A guess that IP conflicts occur in such a situation. I have asked the router manufacturer for advise on a solution because changing my network range at home is a thing i would like to prevent.

Did you find a solution yet or are you, having read this, having other issues?

Can anyone give me some advise on a solution?

Thanks in advance...

RE: Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

Firstly if you were on the LAN does it work? You need to rule that out firstly.
If not I suspect it is a firewall or authentication issue. most people that connect a home PC to a VPN via PPTP treat it as their work PC. The problem though is that these work PC's are configured by administrators to work properly with the server via security etc. You home PC will not be set up this way so it won't work even if on the LAN.

So like i said you need to check whether it works on the LAN first.

Take a look at my IT blog guides, knowledgebase  and technical resources at http://think-like-a-computer.com

RE: Bowsing VPN Clent shared files with PPTP

Hi Muckermucker, the problem was in fact what i already suspected: the ip ranges were conflicting. I changed my IP range which was a nice opportunity to rearrange things a bit. Thanks for you suggestion anyway.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close