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Remote desktop via Router

Remote desktop via Router

Remote desktop via Router


I am trying to access one of my machines on XP via remote desktop. I have a wireless 54G Belkin router and a couple of machines attached to it. I am unable to Remote into them as they have internal IP addresses. I placed the machine on the DMZ for access but this does not work either. Is there any way for me to connect to the machine from outside, internaly i have no problems.

Many Thanks in advance

RE: Remote desktop via Router

Belkin calls the feature that you need 'virtual server'.  http://web.belkin.com/support/kb/kb.asp?a=1426  Nearly everyone else calls it port forwarding.  You need to forward port 3389 to the internal, private IP address of the machine that you want to connect to.

RE: Remote desktop via Router

smah, thanks for your help. I have already added the port but stil no joy, any other ideas?


RE: Remote desktop via Router

Thanks for your help. A couple of machine are on the router. I done a port forward for the machine i want access to but still no joy..

RE: Remote desktop via Router

If you are connecting externally over the internet be sure you are using the IP address of the WAN side of the router when using the Remote Desktop Connection Software (When connecting from the Remote Machine use the External IP address not the computer name like you would on the internal side).  Also if you are using a cable modem/dsl remember that your External WAN IP address might change often.  How do you remote desktop to the computer when on the internal LAN?  If its by computer name you will not be able to do this from the outside.  You must first make the connection to the router using its WAN IP address.  From there your router will look at the port number the application is using (in this case port 3389) and if it has port forwarding information it will forward it to the IP address listed in its table.  Be sure that the IP address for the Computer that you are trying to remote desktop to has a static IP address.  If it it using DHCP its IP address might change and therefore the port forward in the table will no longer be valid.  Please let me know if this helps.


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RE: Remote desktop via Router

Thanks for the help. I am accessing the machine via RDP client over the internet. I am using the WAN IP to connect to. I have forwarded port 3389 to the approciate machine. It is currently set to DHCP maybe thats what it could be, but each time I check the IP address it alaways assigns the same one, hence i forwared 3389 to that IP, are there any other ports that I need to forward?


RE: Remote desktop via Router

This shouldn't have any effect, but try turning off the 'block ping' function of your router.

RE: Remote desktop via Router

Is there a possibility that the client behind the router is DHCP'ong the router winding up with a different IP each time? The DHCP port forwarding table will always show the port 3389 forwarded to the ip address of, say, but if the machine is DHCP'ing every time it is booted it may oir maynot get the IP address it once had. Have you static'ed the IP yet?

RE: Remote desktop via Router

Hi I'm new here, but I have exact the same problem with also a 54G Belkin router. I've checked and done the same things you suggest, but still no joy.
I've tried running the webserver on the machine i want to remote desktop into and that works fine over the internet. In the virtual server I have enabled the windows 2000 terminal server.
I also trief Ping blocking and DMZ. Form the local network the remote desktop works ok.
The automatic check for firmware updates says there are no firmware updates.

I'm running out of options to try, any help would be nice.

btw I don't know what MIS stands for.

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