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Configuring Router for Remote Desktop into Windows Server 2003

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I am working with a family member to replace an outdated setup for his home network which contains a desktop, laptop, wireless printer, and a server 2003 machine on a static IP. The server 2003 machine is used for storing billing information and there are several small businesses that connect to it remotely, via Remote Desktop,  to review their billings and other records.

The network was setup with a modem connected to a wired router, and the wired router was then later connected to an additional wireless router. To reduce this clutter, I replaced the wired & wireless routers with a single D-Link wireless N router. Everything has now been setup and all machines have internet access and the wireless network is functional again, however, I am having trouble reconfiguring the server to accept Remote Desktop connections over the static IP address.

The server 2003 machine has a local static IP of 192.168.2.93, so I know I need to setup port forwarding on the router to forward all incoming traffic on a specific port to this local static IP. I was under the impression that this would be port 3389, so I set that up in the D-Link configuration, but the Remote Desktop client still won't connect.

Is there a different port I should be using instead, or is there something else I'm missing?

Thanks!
~QuiXys
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Did you set up the D-Link to have a subnet of 192.168.2.x ? That is not default for D-Link (at least I do not thiink so).  ... Thinkpads_User
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thinkpads_user,

Yes I did, this was the subnet of the old network configuration so in the name of simplicity I edited the D-Link to match.

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quixys earned 0 total points
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So, I figured it out. I had the port forwarding configured correctly in the D-Link router, just didn't have the appropriate checkbox ticked to make it active. Duh.

Thank you for your input!
~QuiXys
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Try the old wired router temporarily and see if that all works. If so, then there may be an issue with the D-Link. You can try updating the firmware in the D-Link. Also, since it is new, you can call D-Link support to see if they can suggest a configuration change. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:quixys
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Had to accept my own comment as solution because I had simply overlooked a feature of the D-Link router. Configuration was correct, problem was just due to unfamiliarity with D-Link software.
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