Access home fileserver (win7) at home from laptop anywhere

I have a home fileserver running Win 7 Professional.
It uses Norton Internet Security 2011
It's located behind a router of type DLink 655
I can access the server using Remote desktop on my laptop (Win 7) when I am on the internal network.

Since I travel a lot, I would like to access this server using Remote Desktop, but from the "outside".
I believe I have seen this done.
What are the steps to make this work ?
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For that, I would recommend you to use logmein or teamviewer, both have good free versions.

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hi, I think you would need to forward the RDP port on the router and then you can access it via your external IP.
Or even better use a service such as DynDNS or NoIP whereby you assign a static name. Useful if the ISP assigns to you dynamic IP's.
In my case I use PPPoE authentication done by my Linksys router, the router also supports dyndns updates, so I just input in the router my username and password for the DynDNS account and it will automatically update the IP address on the Dyn DNS account.

If however you have a static IP address provided by your ISP then you can use that.

Also be sure to setup your firewall program to permit incoming connection the the RDP service
The port for RDP is 3389 tcp

This page explains how to set up a router for RDP.

first you should have an static ip address, and that you should request it from your ISP.

if you already have static ip address it's too easy, you just need access to your router and go to advance setting as image attached below.

in DMZ ip address you should enter your file-server ip. that's all. your done.

now from anywhere you are, and throw the internet you can use remote access and access to your file-server. just you need to put your static ip address (local ip address) which your ISP give.


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now from anywhere you are, and throw the internet you can use remote access and access to your file-server. just you need to put your static ip address (not the local ip address) which your ISP give.
I would definitely use teamviewer from the security point of view. You can both remote control the windows 7 pc and transfer files. No need to keep the rdp port accessible from the internet. No need for static ip, also. No need to use no-ip or dyndns ;) perfect, simple and painless.
nbtnt1Author Commented:
Thanks, I will try Teamview first.
Unfortunately my server crashed just now, so I'll have to wait for it to do it's repairs before I can do some testing/investigation.
Please hold....
nbtnt1Author Commented:
I have now managed to make the server running !
There was typically som piece of hw that could not handle power save on the disks.
Anyway: Teamview did the trick. A bit slow , but it was easy to set up.
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