I'm VPN illiterate. Any help appreciated

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  1. Jim 777

    Jim 777 Silver Member

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    I have a Linksys wireless router and not a specific VPN router but it has the VPN pass through (Firmware Version: v3.0.02 ).

    Is there a way to access the laptop with the VPN functionality of the Razr? What and how would I set things up>?
     
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    I just use VPN to get into work, I've never tried to use it to access my own computers remotely.

    I think there are other remote desktop solutions that may do what you are looking for, but I don't use
    those either.
     
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    Doesn't the Razzr come with ZumoCast? That will allow some access to your computer. I have tried VPN but never had a lot of success with it. I have an iMac, could be why.
     
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    Hookbill! Welcome back! Btw no Zumocast on the RAZR.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR
     
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    It's called Motocast on the Droid Razr and you can set it up to access folders, play music, etc. You can learn about it here.

    I use it and it's great!
     
  6. Jim 777

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    I'm looking more at actually "using my laptop" from my phone, not just accessing files (I have my motocast set up). I'm looking for something easier to use than say the $30 app LogMeIn (which I have too).

    For example, with LogMeIn on the computer, you're controlling the target computer through the browser, but with VPN, it's like you're sitting at the target computer itself
     
  7. Agent_10.7

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    Hmm not sure what VPN means lol but try teamviewer. I use that and it works pretty good. You actually remote access the laptop instead of just viewing the files. :)

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC
     
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    You have your acronyms confused. VPN is Virtual Private Network. It's used to create a secure connection between 2 or more locations. Examples are home & office or between different company locations.

    What you're looking for is VNC. That's a remote desktop system. Run a VNC server on your laptop & a VNC client on your Droid. Search the Market for VNC or RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). Also google them for help with setup.

    Allen
     
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    I haven't done this, but from the Android manual, pages 72-73:

    Connecting to virtual private networks

    Virtual private networks (VPNs) allow you to connect to the resources inside a secured
    local network, from outside that network. VPNs are commonly deployed by
    corporations, schools, and other institutions so that their users can access local
    network resources when not on campus, or when connected to a wireless network.

    There are numerous systems for securing VPN connections, including some that rely
    on secure certificates or other schemes to ensure that only authorized users can
    connect. For information about installing secure certificates, see “Working with secure
    certificates” on page 74.

    To configure VPN access from your phone, you must obtain the details from your
    network administrator.

    Add a VPN
    1 Press Home , press Menu , and touch Settings, to open the Settings
    application.
    2 Touch Wireless & networks > VPN settings.
    3 Touch Add VPN.
    4 Touch the type of VPN to add.
    5 In the screen that opens, follow the instructions from your network administrator
    to configure each component of the VPN settings.
    6 Press Menu and touch Save.
    The VPN is added to the list on the VPN settings screen.

    Connect to a VPN
    1 Open the Settings application.
    2 Touch Wireless & networks > VPN settings.
    The VPNs you’ve added are listed on the VPN settings screen.
    3 Touch the VPN to which you want to connect.
    4 In the dialog that opens, enter any requested credentials and touch Connect.
    When you’re connected to a VPN, you receive an ongoing notification in the Status
    bar. If you are disconnected, you receive a notification that you can use to return to
    the VPN settings screen so that you can reconnect to it. See “Managing
    notifications” on page 30.

    Disconnect from a VPN
    Open the Notifications panel and touch the ongoing notification for the VPN
    connection.

    Edit a VPN
    1 Open the Settings application.
    2 Touch Wireless & networks > VPN settings.
    The VPNs you’ve added are listed on the VPN settings screen.
    3 Touch & hold the VPN whose settings you want to edit.
    4 In the dialog that opens, touch Edit network.
    5 Edit the VPN settings you want.
    6 Press Menu and touch Save.

    Delete a VPN
    1 Open the Settings application.
    2 Touch Wireless & networks > VPN settings.
    The VPNs you’ve added are listed on the VPN settings screen.
    3 Touch & hold the VPN you want to delete.
    4 In the dialog that opens, touch Delete network.
    5 Touch OK in the dialog that asks you to confirm you want to delete the VPN.
     
  10. Jim 777

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    No, not based on what I have been taught. I used to have a VPN set up on my laptop for work (they set it up) and that is the functionality that I'm trying to accomplish.... if possible. Creating a secure "tunnel" between the phone and my home network. I just don't know if it's possible with my equipment.

    thanks, I have read that and it unfortunately doesn't tell me the parts I don't know, like if my Linksys will work, what settings I need to make. I look at the asked for credentials when creating a VPN account on the phone, and don't see a correlation in the settings of the router. Just never done it, and if possible I'm sure it's not too difficult. Maybe I should be looking at Linksys forums :blink::biggrin:
     
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    A VPN only creates the tunnel, it doesn't allow you to control a remote computer. VNC or RDP will run through a VPN tunnel and do what you want. They are two separate functions but work together.

    I assume your work had a VPN created for outside access to the company network. The VPN client on your laptop communicated with a corporate firewall creating the tunnel. Once the tunnel is established, it's like you are inside the company network. You can then use a program like VNC, pcAnywhere, etc to access systems inside the firewall.

    I don't think a stock linksys router will handle the home network side of a VPN. You say "VPN passthru", that means it will pass encrypted traffic through the router, not decrypt it. You would need a firewall inside your router then the VPN tunnel would connect from your phone, through the router, to the firewall on the other side. A more than basic understanding of networking is need to set this up.

    I don't care what you were taught, this is the way the pieces fit together. I may be a "Droid Newbie" but have more than 15 years experience running an international corporate VPN.
     
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  12. Jim 777

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    Didn't mean to offend or question your knowledge, I certainly don't claim to know enough about it to do it myself. Once I get walked through something I can learn it pretty quick, a hands on type person.

    You've explained more than my previous boss did when he set up my PC with a VPN (he thinks knowledge that he has and someone else doesn't, is power or impressive), I get the tunnel thing but obviously assumed that was all I needed. In the past, when I signed in to the VPN, I had access to our camera system server for maintenance and updates. I thought is was 'just that easy". But if the router is not able to do what I think I want, it's all pointless at this point.

    thanks
     
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