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How to set up my network for outside access


I have two computers with WinXP Pro on the network, using Linksys router. I want to get in from the outside.

One computer (1) is for remote access, with multiple accounts. Another one (2) will host web applications.

I think that my best bet is to set up a VPN for access from the outside. That way, I will be able to get to both computers with Remote Access, once I am connected to VPN. For web hosting response from computer (2), I think I need to tell the Linksys router to forward certain ports (i.e. 8080) to computer (2).

Am I correct, and is there anything special I need to do?

Thank you.
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If you get connected via VPN, you will not need to open any port. when you are plugged in via VPN, it'S like you are on your own network.. for a linksys router, you are directly in..

If you would have a PIX, then you would have to setup some acls to let you in..

If you do not want to use VPN, then you must log on your Linksys router, and enable port fowarding for each required port..

Ex: linksys router listen on port 25 and 80.. when he receive request for 25, it fowards the traffic to your mail server, and when it receive it on port 80, it goes on your web server.. etc..

That is only if you need to make your stuff available directly on the internet. Be sure to keep your network fully patched at all time if you do that.. anyone can get in if some holes are opened.
kerznerAuthor Commented:
Thank you, it sounds like I am on the right path. I am going to have the VPN to access both computers.

But I am also going to route port 8080, say, to computer

Can I do both?
Yes you can.. you can accept VPN Connections, (if your firewall supports it).. and you can enable port fowarding for public access... you'll have to test it on your hardware, but we do both here.. (on a cisco pix firewall).. I know linksys vpn firewall supports both.. and probably at the same time.. But i've never tested it..

not tested it on linksys Hardware i mean :)
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