Need help setting up remote access to my peer-to-peer network
Posted on 2009-03-31
I know just enough to be dangerous so please bear with me. I just set up a Windows XP Professional Peer-To-Peer network. The network has internet access using Verizon DSL. The DSL modem is a Westell an iis connected to a 3COM 16 port switch. The PCs (there are 4) are connected to the switch. There is a static ip address for the DSL modem. So far so good. Everything works fine. All PCs can access the internet and FIle Sharing has been setup.
Now I need to setup remote access for 3 of the PCs. On the first PC I went into Control Panel ->System -> Remote and checked the Remote Access box. There is only one user on the PC so I didn't have to do anything else. The user has a password to login.
NOw I know how to remote access a PC that has a static IP address that is not hooked to a switch. What I don't know is what do I have to do on the DSL modem to allow remote access?
When I ran remote desktop connection from my laptop, I entered my static ip address into the connect dialog but could not connect. I checked to see if the remote access port (3389 ?) was open and it said it was not.
I've read the different posts that I have found here but I don't really understand exactly where my problem is and how the static IP address will be mapped to the specific PC on the network. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If there is a way to do this that doesn't cost money, that would be great.