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VPN unable to connect (xp server and vista client)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by causeitsme, May 20, 2008.

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  1. causeitsme

    causeitsme Thread Starter

    May 20, 2008

    I am using an xp sp2 machine as the VPN server. It connects to the internet via a Netopia wireless router, although the machine is connected to the Netopia router via ethernet cable, not through a wireless card. I have windows firewall turned off.

    I am using a vista sp1 machine as the client. It connects to the internet via a Belkin wirless g plus router which is connected to a Speedstream4200 modem. This machine also connects to the Belkin router via ethernet cable. Windows firewall is on.

    I set up the xp vpn server on the remote machine via logmein.

    I followed this guide: http://www.aeonity.com/frost/howto-windows-xp-vpn-server-setup

    I set up the vista vpn client using this guide: http://www.aeonity.com/frost/howto-windows-xp-vpn-into-remote-location
    *(Note: I haven't done step 2 of this guide 'Automating the connection' as I have yet to get it to connect)

    There is a least one thing I have discovered that may be messing things up, I also may not have set up the routers and modems properly.

    The first problem I see is that when I set up the user account on the xp vpn server machine is that in Network Connections>Incoming Connections>Properties>Users>UserName>Properties - It shows a 14 digit password. This doesn't match as I entered an 8 digit password. I then deleted the account, set up a new account with no password and lo and behold, when you go back into Network Connections>Incoming Connections>Properties>Users>UserName>Properties - It still showed the 14 digit password.

    Is that password supposed to be there? Why when I change it to the 8 digit password does it pop right back up as a 14 digit one?

    Okay, now I'll explain the ip addresses I entered into various places during the setup and maybe you can tell me if I did it right.

    In cmd>ipconfig/all it says IP address is ***.***.*.4

    But, in cmd>ipconfig/all it also says the default gateway is ***.***.*.254

    In Incoming Connections>Properties>Networking Tab>TCP/IP Protocol>Properties>Specify IP address - I entered ***.***.*.4 in the top box and ***.***.*.49 in the bottom box.

    Did I enter the correct string of numbers?

    I then set up the router by going to a browser page and entering ***.***.*.254 and that took me to the netopia router settings, I did the port forwarding (they call it a pinhole).

    I added a pinhole and gave it a random name, it was on tcp in the dropdown box. I did the top box as port 1723, the second box as port 1723, the ip as ***.***.*.4 and the last box as port 1723.

    I then set up two more pinholes in the same fashion except I made the port in each box 500 and set one to TCP and the other as UDP and used the same IP - ***.***.*.4

    Okay, I then set up the vista vpn client machine, I did this through the wizard and the ip address of the remote machine to ***.***.*.4 (which is what the xp vpn server machine lists as IP Address).

    Also note, the user name I gave access to on the XP vpn server is the same username and password as the vista vpn client.

    One last question, although I haven't seen it referenced anywhere, do I need to configure the Belkin router or the Speedstream modem that is on the vista vpn client end?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

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