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Windows 7: Hamachi vs VPN router?

06 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Hamachi vs VPN router?

A friend of mine wants to be able to access the resources on his home network when he is travelling with his laptop. Those resources include a network printer and NAS hard drive.

He does not want to use a product like LogMeIn where he is essentially controlling one of the computers at home. In other words, if he connects remotely using his laptop and opens a Publisher file, he wants it to be opened in the version of Publisher that is on his laptop, rather than have it open in Publisher on the computer that is at home.

Will the free version of Hamachi (or some other product) work like this, or does he need a VPN router to do this?


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06 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


The easiest way is to remote into a PC on his network. I'm not sure why he is trying to avoid this?

You could do it with a VPN yes. If you did want to do it via a VPN then the simplist way would be to get a VPN router and setup a VPN dial in account for the laptop. Just bare in mind that opening files will take a very long time as they are being pulled across the internet via a VPN... Printing will also be very slow.

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09 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

OK thanks. I was hoping to find a way to have it like he wants without the trouble of a VPN.
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