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Log in from Work to Home -  Remote Desktop Protocol 3389

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I'm trying to connect from work to home using RDP.  

WORK COMPUTER:
start, run, mstsc, and type in my public ip address (ie...  74.125.91.147)  and the error is "Remote Desktop Disconnected, This computer can't connect to the remote computer. Try connecting again...."

I run this command:  nmap 74.125.91.147 -p3389
and it says:  PORT          STATE       SERVICE
                     3389/TCP    filtered       ms-term-serv

HOME COMPUTER: (static ip 192.168.33.150)
netstat -an |find "3389"
and nothing comes up... nothing is listening, I go to services.msc and set Terminal Services to Automatic, Manual, do a Refresh, Disable it, but nothing seems to help.  Turned Norton Internet Security firewall completely off.  Windows Firewall is off too.  When logging into my router I went to Advanced Settings, Forwarding, Virtual Servers, and enabled tcp/udp ports 3389.

anyone know what I'm doing wrong?  this used to work perfectly.  should my next step be to get terminal services port open, if so how do I do that?
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by:NAK321
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Just for clarity, you are sure the machine is on, your router is correctly configured, and your home cable modem is working?
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by:Justin Owens
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What is the OS on the HOME computer?
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by:BigBadWolf_000
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On your router you forwarded port 3389 to you internal IP 192.168.33.150, yes???
What is your router make/model??
Is your public IP static?

 
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by:jkimzlg
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I'm using Windows xp, the machine is on, home cable modem is working.  Hopefully router is configured correctly.

yes, I forwarded port 3389 to my internal address 192.168.33.150, it's a TP-Link 108M Wireless Router TL-WR641G, my public ip is a Dynamic IP, but it's never changed on me, always been the same one.
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by:briandunkle
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I would try something a little more user-friendly, like cports or aports, to see if the service is listening on that port on your home machine.
You say it used to work? Obvious question, but what changed? Did you add a machine to your home network? Did it work before with Norton turned on? Is your router reserving the same IP for your machine each time it comes up, or is it possible another machine grabbed that (local) IP? Have you tried changing the port remote desktop uses?
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by:Justin Owens
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There are (if memory serves), a couple of MS security patches for XP that shut off Remote Desktop.  Have you gone in and checked to make sure it is still on?  I know that seems elemtary, but sometimes checking the most obvious is the missing step.
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by:briandunkle
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PS - I would say go ahead and reset your cable modem and pull a new IP, because there are probably a ton of people hammering on it right now, benign or not. :)
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by:briandunkle
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I have also had this crap out if I've had the home machine up for too long/'doing too many network-related things. Might try immediately after a clean boot of the home machine, if possible.
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by:jkimzlg
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things that changed, I did however also create a VPN connection by setting up a New Connection, Setup an Advanced Connection, Accept Incoming connections..... and that worked from work to home.   This didn't work yesterday and when I restarted my computer this morning it didn't work either.

My router is reserving the same IP for the machine each time it comes up.  How do I change the port remote desktop uses?
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by:Henrik Johansson
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You're propably using XP Home Edition at home, which doesn't support incoming RDP access.
You nead to upgrade the home computer to XP Pro to enable RDP-access.

The Terminal Services service exist on XPHE to support local fast user switching.
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by:jkimzlg
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I'm using winxp pro sp3.

DrUltima, How do you check to see if MS security patches for XP that shut off Remote Desktop is still on?

briandunkle, thanks for the security/hacker warning.
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by:briandunkle
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It turns it off one time, but doesn't break it. You just need to see if it's on now or not.
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Maybe silly but did you enable Remote Desktop access in the My Computer Properties?  I would start with why it's not listening in netstat.exe because it should be there.
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wow, appreciate all the feedback... pretty silly to forget something so simple...  
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by:Justin Owens
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Heh... You realize I said that 2 hours before the accepted answer... :)
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by:Popeyediceclay
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Sorry about that, I read through all the comments and didn't catch that either.
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ah man, my bad, I didn't know what u meant that.... it amazes me sometimes how bright people are on experts exchange... you have to basically spell it out for slow people like myself...  
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