Quote: Originally Posted by MrDeepFreeze
The answer to #1 and #2 were Yes so I then moved on to #3 and after setting the IP range outside of what the Linksys router uses it worked. I can now ping, RD, and see shared files via VPN!!! I can't communicate via PC name and have to use the IP address but that is okay. I'd like to use the name but again I can live without that. Thanks again!!! I didn't think that setting needed adjusting since I was getting a proper IP in range. I wish I understood why this fixed it but am just glad it did.
Glad it helped! I know that one stumps people when setting up Windows VPN because it isn't very apparent what's causing the issue. The reason behind it is that you cannot have two DHCP servers on one network. Since the host PC is acting as a VPN server, it also was set to act as a DHCP server, which creates a conflict with the router.
Also, in regards to your DNS issue, that is very common--home routers like Linksys or Netgear usually don't have a built-in DNS server, or have crappy DNS support. I built my own router using the freeware Untangle (google) and it is the best thing I ever did. I also did away with Windows VPN using this router software and switched to OpenVPN. So much better! And the built-in DNS server is great as well.