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STRANGE VPN ISSUE I posted for help on this issue recently, can't connect vpn unless I simotaniously try to connect to another connection from the server

Posted on 2006-10-30
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Guys this may blow your mind, I still think my cable modem from comcast has something to do with it though.  (smc8014  the old 8013 let me vpn no problems)

When i try to connect VPN to the 2k server, I get a message that it is veryfying user & password, but never connects.  This has been my headach for about a week,

TONIGHT, (Lets call syste server system 1 & the other connect 2)

I setup a vpn client connect from the server to a dsl static ip i have setup directly nect to it,  by mistake I cliked on the server vpn to connect to to the other end, while that was athenticating, I cliked on system 2 client connection and like clock work it connects.

I did this about five times straight, everytime I do this it connects to the server fine
when I don;t do this it just sit there veryfying user & password and never lets me in

My question is also, what happens that i can't see when I attempt click to connect.  it seem like this is forcing something open that allow me to connect where I normally could not.

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Doesnt the smc modem have an internal firewall configuration?  Does it seem possible that when you try to connect to the server from the outside, that the port is blocked.  But once you initiate a connection from inside (server) to outside, the port is opened?  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Broadband/DSL_Cable/Q_21727085.html , this link talks a little about the smc8103, I would guess that the 8014 has a similar interface to configure it.
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