VPN Connection/Port Forwarding Windows 7 Belkin Router

Hi there

I am using a Windows 7 Desktop computer at home which is connected to the router that connects it to the internet via ADSL Connection. I am trying to make a connection to this desktop computer via windows built-in vpn connection utility. I am doing it just for experiment to see how things work in Windows 7. I know there are free utilities available that can do the job. But I want to know first hand how thing thing works in Windows 7 environment.

The problem I am facing has 2 parts. Firstly I am not 100% sure which ports to forward in my belkin router. I searched the web and came to know that I need to forward pptp port 1723 in my router. But my belkin router has not got any pptp ports to forward. All it has UDP and TCP ports that can be forwarded individually or both at the same time for one instance of port forwarding.

I just wanted to know what are the port numbers that I need to forward in my router. Or even importantly does my router has the ability to do it successfully as it only has got UDP and TCP port options that can be forwarded and not the pptp ports.

I am attaching the screeshot of my router interface . An ideal outcome will be I could setup the VPN connection to my desktop and be able to forward the port/ports in my router for a successful VPN Connection.

I forgot to ask is there any role of windows firewall or AVG Internet Security in this particular scenario. I mean to say do I need to configure any settings in these 2.

Any help will be highly appreciated. Thanks
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PPTP is a type of VPN connection
UDP and TCP are the ways which data packets are treated and handled across networks (in short)
PPTP uses port 1723 (TCP)
What the model number of your Belkin, we can have a hunt for the User manual and give you some configuration advice.

If you have Windows firewall turned on it should create a rule for your machine to be the initiator automatically

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SmukhtarAuthor Commented:
Hi Stolsie

Thanks for a quick reply I appreciate that . Here is the model number and product URL for my belkin router.


SmukhtarAuthor Commented:
Hi Stolsie
Any updates?

Apologies i have been busy.
Looking at your stuff now will update in a bit.
Okay had a quick look you shouldn't need to do any port forwarding, what has lead you to that conclusion?

According to a forum the device did have issues when setting up a PPTP connect but has been addressed in the firmware you have posted the link to. Make sure it is loaded on your Belkin before we progress more.
Where are you connecting to with your PPTP connection have they set up a rule to allow you in?
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