Remote Access Solution Needed
Posted on 2006-06-15
I have a customer with the following setup:
An office with a PC running XP Pro and a laptop also running XP Pro. They communicate with each other peer-to-peer via a Dlink wireless router. They are also connected to two printers.
What they have requested:
Employee A and employee B each have desktop computers at home and want to be able to access the main PC at the office from their home computers (the office laptop would remain turned off at the end of the day). But they also want the option of doing the reverse: accessing their home computers remotely from either the office PC or the office laptop.
And to complicate things even further, the setup must be able to support concurrent connections just in case both employees need to login at the same time. And furthermore, if employee A is working on the office PC, employee B must be able to remotely access it to retrieve files without disturbing employee A's work. They don't need full desktop control, just the ability to access, send & receive files. Both employees have DSL connections at home as well as at the office.
Is all of this possible without a full-fledged server? I know that XP Pro has built-in VPN capabilities and can act as both client and server, but it only supports a single connection. Dlink offers the DI-824VUP, which is a wireless VPN router that supports multiple tunnels. Would this make it workable? Or is the only solution to set up another PC as a file server?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.