VNC unable to connect to host: Connection timed out (10060)


I have installed vnc server on my local pc in the office and have installed the viewer on my home laptop but when i try to connect i get the error message unable to connect to host: Connection timed out (10060).  When I try to ping my pc at work the request times out...

I have set vnc as exceptions in the firewalls on both pc and laptop

Does anyone have any ideas for me ?

Many thanks
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How exactly are you trying to connect?  Are you specifying an IP address or Hostname?  Typically, there'd be a firewall on your work network, and within the firewall, there'd have to be a configuration that maps a public IP address to the internal private IP address scheme---aka Network Address Translation.

Without a NAT entry, there's little hope, unless you're establishing some sort of VPN connection first?

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apg071Author Commented:
i am connecting via ip address

i dont want a vpn can you advise how i go about setting a nat entry ?

ReeceICT ConsultantCommented:
On the PC's using VNC server and client, you need the ports unblocked (normally 5900) and the vncviewer app allowed (for client).

On the office firewall, you will need to create a port forward to route the traffic to your office PC (which will need to have a static IP on the LAN). To do this, try, it has many walkthroughs for all types on routers/firewalls and many many programs.

PS.  For this connection to stay accessible always, your gonna want the office internet IP to be static too.
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you might want to try  instead of VNC, its much easier to setup.
apg071Author Commented:
Thanks for your suggestions, i think I will continue with VNC for now as its free but if I have no luck I may well rever to logmein.

Logmein does have a free product to, you only pay for the advanced features like file copying etc, the basic remote control feature is free.
apg071Author Commented:
Oh I see, I will investigate this further.  Thanks for the advice !
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