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I have a laptop running windows 7 and a home server running Windows Server 2008. Remote desktop works great within my LAN behind the router, but if I try to access the machine with remote desktop from outside the router I cant get access. I lookup the IP with the router, and I am using a custom port and have ensured that the port is forwarded in the router. I stil cant get it to connect. Is this supposed to work or should I have to do more?
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Firewall/AntiVirus exception on PC.
Not custom port, but RDP port: 3389
Edited by DiNet - 5/11/11 at 9:40am
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If all else fails, there is always teamviewer.
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http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1187281.htm
That would help I think.

And I have to throw this out, have you tried Teamviewer or Logmein? Both are VERY easy to use, and in my experience, have less lag over the net.
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Well Im really no networking superstar. It took me forever to get everthing set up as it is, and im honesty not sure that its all correct, but it works soooo. I have assigned static IPs through the router for all 4 devices on my home network ,then created a firewall rull to only allow those ips access. Remote desktop works fine when Im behind the router, just not when Im using annother internet connection outside of the router with my laptop. What firewall exception would I have to add to use it from outside the router. The server shouldnt be able to tell if the connection is coming from outside of the router or not right? I was thinking this is more of a router issue.

I just wanted to make sure that Remote desktop can be used in this way before i invest more time to tinkering.

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Firewall/AntiVirus exception on PC.
Not custom port, but RDP port: 3389
I read that it was more secure to make a registry change and change the default port of 3389 to something else so I did. I then forwarded that port in my router.

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Originally Posted by KarmaKiller View Post
http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1187281.htm
That would help I think.

And I have to throw this out, have you tried Teamviewer or Logmein? Both are VERY easy to use, and in my experience, have less lag over the net.

My work computer wont let me check out the forum link so I'll have to check it out later. I guess I could try one of those that you guys have recomend, I just liked the idea of not having any more software. I figured it would be easier but... looks like that might not be the case.
Edited by Poppinj - 5/11/11 at 9:49am
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Logmein is browser based, so any computer that's online you can access your PC's.
I believe teamviewer has something similar to that, (plus smart phone apps), but it is additional software. My experience between them all;
Teamviewer: Less lag then the other clients, easy to connect, software install
Logmein: No software install, a bit more laggy, ease of access
RDP: Laggy and a PITA to setup sometimes. Other then that never really liked/used it.
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Teamviewer is instant setup and works very well. You can also use it to connect to a windows pc via linux or vise-versa.
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Well since there is such overwelming support for both teamviewer and logmein that I'll check them out instead of messing around with RD. I'll contiue to use it on my desktop since its already set up and just install it on my server and laptop. They are both free right?
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Yes indeed
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