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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2019, 07:15 AM - Thread Starter
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How do i map a network drive that is NOT on my LAN?

Hi all,

Is their a way i can map a drive/folder on the other machine and access it on this end like its local while it IS NOT on my LAN?


Both PC's are W10
Mine is a Pro version, i think the other is as well.

Distance is a factor (460Km) or i'd just run a drive back and forth.

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not sure if you can do it that way, why not ftp?


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Was hoping for a networked folder as then its simpler for others to use, and a simple mix with most software.

What simple FTP options are available?, i have used FTP very little...

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I'm pretty sure this is possible through a VPN. You configure and start a VPN server program on the first machine, and on the second machine you configure and start a VPN client program. The VPN client goes and connects to the VPN server. The two machines will then be inside the same (virtual) network. You will see an extra network adapter on both of them, the two IPs will be inside the same network space similar to a LAN.

Then next you battle with how to make Windows share your network drive on the IP of that network adapter.

I don't know about how this VPN stuff works on Windows, I only know about how to do all of this on Linux. I would guess Microsoft has their own VPN software for Windows that can create a server that has a nice GUI to set things up and such? I tried to look for this with Google and ran into an interesting article here:

https://www.wikihow.com/Set-up-a-Vpn...-Two-Computers

I would think a similar feature is also in Windows 10.

Another thing, if you have problems because of the public IP of your machines changing: there's something called "dynamic DNS" that fixes that problem, search online for "free dynamic dns provider".
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Sweet it gives me something to look into and sounds like i what i am looking for. Thanks!

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You need a VPN application such as OpenVPN and a compatible router or service running on the other end. You need to make sure you connect the VPN first before logging in and your drives will map like normal. This is a bit simplistic, of course and it would take a bit of configuring.



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