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Ho do I access to other computer share document wiht 2 connected vpn routers

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I have sucessfully connect my 2 linksys vpn rvo 042.
Computers in both side should be in one network (I name it :workgroup)
Let say my computer A under router A and i can vist the computer B under Router B.
But when i go use Computer B to access back to Computer A. I can not see its name in Network neibour. I can not access to Computer A. What do i miss in seeting. Is it becasue I use DDNS+pppoE at router B and the upload is too slow that cause this. By the way, is Window 2000  more advance than window XP professionel in this case?or it does not matter?
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XP or 2000 it doesn't matter both should work fine.
First, can you connect to a remote PC by using the IP address such as entering in the start/run box  \\192.168.1.123  or \\192.168.1.123\ShareName ?  If not make sure the subnets at either site are different. They cannot be the same, so if one site is using 192.168.1.x then the other site must use 192.168.2.x  NetBIOS names (computer names) are not as a rule broadcast over a VPN and will not show up in Network neighborhood. There are ways to resolve naming problems once you have your connection working. Have a look at the list below:

1) Use the IP address (of the computer you are connecting to) when connecting to devices such as;   \\123.123.123.123\ShareName   or map a drive at a  command prompt using  
 Net  Use  U:  \\123.123.123.123\ShareName
2) An option is to use the LMHosts file which creates a table of IP's and computer names. LMHosts is located in the Windows directory under c:\Windows (or WINNT)\System32\Drivers\Etc\LMHosts.sam , instructions are included within the file. Any line starting with # is just a comment and is ignored. Open the file with Notepad and add entries for your computers as below;
192.168.0.101      CompName       #PRE
Hit enter when each line is complete (important), then save the file without a file extension. To be sure there is no extension ,when saving enclose in quotations like "LMHosts". Now when you try to connect to a computer name it should find it as it will search the LMHosts file for the record before connecting.
More details regarding LMHosts file:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/cnet/cnfd_lmh_QXQQ.asp
The drawback of the LMHosts file is you have to maintain a static list of computernames and IP addresses. Also if the remote end uses DHCP assigned IP's it is not a feasible option. Thus in order to be able to use computer names dynamically try to enable with some of the following options:
3) if you have a WINS server add that to the network cards configuration
4) also under the WINS configuration on the network adapter make sure NetBIOS over TCP/IP is selected
5) verify your router does not have a "block NetBIOS broadcast" option enabled
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