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What i am trying to do is connect to my server at my house from a friends house. I tried a bunch of different things with remote desktop connection, like forwarding port 3389, i can connect to it from my home network but am unsure what settings and firewall things i need to set to make it work for an external network.
 

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1. Make sure the service is running on the PC (what ever the service is)
2. Add a firewall exception in the Windows firewall to allow the service or service port
3. Add a firewall exception in your router to forward the port to the internal IP.
4. Use your public facing IP address to connect through the remote desktop client to your computer at home

An example:
Public IP: 205.46.55.100 | Home Router | Internal IP: 192.168.1.10

If you don't have a static public IP you will have to look into a dynamic DNS service such as dyndns.com (it's free). Additionally it's wise to set a static IP on the system hosting the RDP server.

To find your public facing IP visit this website, it's this IP you must use to connect to your home network.
http://whatismyipaddress.com/
 
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