Quote: Originally Posted by Lanky0
Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville
Lanky0, the internal windows 7 won't setup a vpn for you as it doesn't work with a local ip address. Something has to tell it that the main IP for your router is the target IP for you vpn.
Give hamachi a try as it works without a lot of aggrivation.
I tried connecting to it using a local LAN ip when connected to the same router and it worked.
I just want to use it when connecting from a remote location...
Of course you can Remote Desktop from a PC already in the network (on the same router, subnet, etc,). You are not going to be able to do the same outside of the network "securely" unless you have connected to a VPN server. Unfortunately, you cannot use windows 7 as a host to a VPN network, only as a client. I'm not too familiar with hamachi so I can't comment on how secure it is, but I know a few people who use it for gaming (minecraft, etc.)
If you don't want to use a third party vpn agent and an encrypted transmission isn't important to you, you could remote in without the VPN. To do so you would open port 3389 (RDP default listening port) on your router. You could then use your routers public IP address as the host name apended by a colon and the port number (ie. 188.8.131.52:3389). To add a little security, you can also change the default listening port number in the registry.
However, keep in mind that the VPN is the preferred and most secure method of remote access.