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I recently built a server out of a computer that I got for free. I upgraded the memory from 1gb to 5gb with stuff I had lying around, and threw a Geforce GT 430 in it for minor gaming on the big screen. I got it up and running with Windows server 2008 and I can connect to it within the network and map the drives for storage. I can also remote connect to it outside of the network, but I can not figure out the VPN stuff to get it so when I am away that the drives are still mapped on my laptop.

From what I read my Belkin N300 router allows VPN, though I can not find the setting for it, and I have the ports forwarded but still nothing. Is there another way of doing this so the drives are still mapped when I am on the road so I can have access to my files through the mapped drive rather then the remote connection.

Also any recommendation on a PS3/Xbox media streaming software, right now I use PS3 media server but the bit-rate is only 2-3Mb/s if I am lucky, most the time its 1. It will peak at 10Mb/s when first loading the movie, otherwise its 1-3. I use the server to stream movies to my consoles to watch on the TV, easier for me then putting on USB drive.

As for my WAN/LAN specs it is as followed

WAN - Comcast 30mb Down/ 10mb UP -->

Belkin N300 Router 10/100mb (300mb wireless)-->

Server (Wired)
Gaming Desktop (wired)
Work Laptop (wireless)
Misc wireless connections (smartphones, PSP, PS3,etc.)

If I have to get a new router, what is a decent gigabit, that allows VPN? My budget is around $100-200 for a router upgrade... Any help would be great as I am walking in unknown territory..
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Don't game on a file server..... don't install anything you don't need to. You never want to compromise your files.
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OK, I haven't put any games on yet so I will stay away from that.
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Most any router with port forwarding should allow VPN once configured properly. You could try some alternatives like Hamachi.
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Wow, I didn't even think of using a third party software for the VPN..... now if I can get it to work with the third party software then its something with IIS 7 in Windows Server that is not configured properly?

Would it be worth while switching OS, since I am not using any features of Windows Server 2008? I did have Windows 7, but swithced to Windows Server 2008 for the IIS and VPN connection.
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Wow, I didn't even think of using a third party software for the VPN..... now if I can get it to work with the third party software then its something with IIS 7 in Windows Server that is not configured properly?

Would it be worth while switching OS, since I am not using any features of Windows Server 2008? I did have Windows 7, but swithced to Windows Server 2008 for the IIS and VPN connection.

Hopefully you can get it to work, and if you already have Server installed, I would stick with that. Unless you really want to use the machine as gaming as well.
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120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
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CHILZ - Lan Rig
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CANARY - Main Rig
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CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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