VPN Speed Overall - Mapping network drives

I have been running a VPN in my network for about 3 years now. Basically my remote users connect to the VPN and then RDP to our Terminal Server 2003.  And this works fine.
I have just tried to map a network drive to my local computer...
1. I connected to the VPN
2. I attempted to map the network drive.  i.e \\192.168.1.x\Shared Folder

This took forever; also if I try to copy a file from the remote server to my desktop over the VPN it takes a very long time. Here are the rates on the router at the office that I conect to...

Download: 6016
Upload: 768

I WOULD LIKE TO... map some remote drives to my local computer so that I can run a database dependant program on my PC. Any thoughts on what I need to do. Thanks so much
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Which direction exactly you want to use a network drive for? Please clarify the usage of "local" and "remote" - is that seen from the VPN server side?

Whatsoever, running a program using a share and/or database connection over a VPN won't perform well (though it works). In particular with ADSL you have both local upstream and remote upstream as limiting factors. If you have  a 6mbit ADSL on both sites, you get 768kbits at the most in both directions.
zyanjAuthor Commented:
so do I need a T1 or get another dsl package with more up and down stream?
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
A T1 could be sufficient at one location, at least if mainly used in one direction. If traffic is true bidirectional, you need better upstream on both sites (probably). It is not only the reduced bandwidth, but the VPN overhead and in particular the lag added which makes DB apps slow over a WAN.

It is always much more satisfying to use such application via a Terminal Session aka RDP, running the app on the location the files and DB are located.

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