Router not enough forwarding ports.

I have a client using pc anywhere and has linksys router. Which is fine for openning ports but 4 people are using pcanywhere. I ran out of the ability to forward ports. this is not huge company but I need a firewall router that has the ability to forward at least 20 diferent  ports.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Ok!

What version of PCanywhere are you running?

I believe Version 11.5 support a multiplexer setting

Fowarding all these ports will be too much work for you, I suggest the following:

Setup a VPN server
Then have your client use VPN to connect to the network before using PCA.
Then they can use the netbios name of their computer to connect (therefore you will not have to foward any ports)

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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
Most Linksys models I have worked with allow you to forward a range of ports...  Or do you need to forward ports to more than 20 clients?
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vico1CIOCommented:
If you Have that many users you should use a multiplexer instead of fowarding so many ports.

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sbsnewbieAuthor Commented:
Fatal- They currently have linksys befsr11 and it only allows 10 ports to be forwarded. do the newer ones allow more ports to be forwarded?

Vico- That sounds like a good solution but these guys already purchases PcAnywhere and I don't think they would want to purchase something else.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
First, how many users are you supporting total, that need to get in?
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pdxsrwCommented:
What is the end result you are trying to end up with...might be a better way to accomplish your goal if you can explain...
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sbsnewbieAuthor Commented:
Vpn sounds like a great Idea. I connected with vpn but when I did that PA was unable to find any of the host computers and I also noticed I couldn't browse the network. Once I disconnected I could use internet.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Find out if you can ping the hosts by IP Addresses, Can you?
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vico1CIOCommented:
As far as browsing the internet   this is how you solve that:

1.-Right click on the VPN Connection from My Network places
2.-click on properties then networking tab
3.- highlight TCP/IP protocol then click on properties
4.-click on advanced
5.-Uncheck "Use default gateway on remote network"

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sbsnewbieAuthor Commented:
that worked for browsing the internet. But I still can't connet via pc anywhere when connected. I checked the ports and they are standard. Can't I just use RDP once I am connected to the VPN? if so my only question before awarding points is How many VPN connections can be going at once? Thank all of you for your help on this question.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Win 2000 and 2003 allow as many connections as the server can handle.
I have used severs handling more than 85 simultaneous connections without any problems.
RDP Respond better than PCA I know that for a fact.

Curious, what happen when you use IP address instead of Netbios name on PCA?

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sbsnewbieAuthor Commented:
when I use either it says "initializing, searching tcp/ip host, then unable to locate host.". It would be cool if i can make it work but there are only 2 people with win2k so ican just forward ports for them. Did you say that RDP is probably better any? Are there any other settings I need to make for vpn security? Thanks for your help.
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vico1CIOCommented:
No, In fact with VPN it's almost being on the LAN

Since windows XP I always take RDP as My first option, its is faster than anything else when well configured. Make sure to set it to use only necessary feature.

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sbsnewbieAuthor Commented:
Thanks Vico1
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