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Can more ports than 5631/5632 for pcAnywhere be opened/activated at the same time through a Linksys cable/router on a small LAN

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    My linksys cable/router connecting my small office LAN to the internet won't let me (see/connect) to more than one PCA (version 11) host at a time on the LAN - I can configure both host/PC's in the router's port forwarding menu to use the same ports (5631/5632) - and of course the forwarding is sent to each PC's different ('stationary IP' for lack of the proper term) but it will only allow one to be connected at a time - if both PC's configuration's are (checked) to be enabled in the routers port forwarding menu it will only allow the first PC/port configuratio to be active/connected
    I've been told by a Lynksys Tec that none of their routers have the ability to direct a PCA connection through the same ports '5631/5632' to more than one stationary IP/computer on my LAN at any one time
     Is there a way to configure PCA to 'look for' more ports than just the 5631/5631 choices - or can I configure one of the PCs to look for 5631/5632 and the other to listen for a different set of ports that will work with PCA ver. 11 - and if so what might be the procedure and new port #'s
    Thanks
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This question is more properly asked in the Networking TA - this TA concentrates on NetWare and other Novell products.

Not that it's any of my business, but what would be the purpose of connecting to multiple hosts via pcAnywhere, anyway?

If I get your question, the problem is probably that you are dynamic-NATting multiple internal addresses through a single address on the public Internet.  Even if you open those 2 ports to the entire private LAN, you can only use those ports for one connection at a time.  I have found that one way around this is to assign multiple, fixed IP addresses on the public interface, and statically NAT them to specific private IP addresses.  This costs money for more public IP addresses, though.

I don't know if anyone has a pcAnywhere proxy.  A proxy would fix the problem, too, because it would direct traffic to the appropriate hosts.
You could also look into doing a VPN connection into the LAN across the Internet.  That would allow you to connect as though you were on the LAN.
I don't know if pcAnywhere can be configured to other ports - that would be a Symantec question.
I do know that, if all you want is remote-control, you'd be better off with one of the VNC's that are out there.  UltraVNC is a good one, that also does file transfer.
I also know that, if you want more than just remote-control and file transfer - things like redirecting print from a remote host to your local printer, and you don't mind spending a few bucks a month, it's hard to beat GoToMyPC.  You don't have to open ANY ports, and the screen refresh is FAST.


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