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nodsirrah

join:2009-12-12
Savannah, GA

[Home Network] Access my network from out of area.

How do I access my home network using a laptop while I am on the road?
According to the Cisco E2500 router details printout I have the following IP addresses:
IP Address (LAN)
IP Address (WAN)
Computer IP address



CptGemini
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You would need something like a VPN. But that all really depends on what you are looking to do while you are away. Like for example if you want to be able to pull files from a computer at home while on the road something like an ftp server would be great to use. Also there is logmein, the pro version allows you to transfer files and stuff and the best part is that you don't need to open ports for logmein to work.


nodsirrah

join:2009-12-12
Savannah, GA
reply to nodsirrah

I should have mentioned I have DSL service.
Basically what I want to do is connect to my Home Network so I can access my Dish receiver, which is connected to the network with a Sling adapter, and watch my recorded programs.



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Windows 7 Pro can act as a PPTP VPN server, though to be honest I have not gotten it to work quite right yet.



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said by nodsirrah:

I should have mentioned I have DSL service.
Basically what I want to do is connect to my Home Network so I can access my Dish receiver, which is connected to the network with a Sling adapter, and watch my recorded programs.

I can access my sling box directly with an IP address from anywhere in the world.
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reply to nodsirrah

said by nodsirrah:

I should have mentioned I have DSL service.
Basically what I want to do is connect to my Home Network so I can access my Dish receiver, which is connected to the network with a Sling adapter, and watch my recorded programs.

No need to use a VPN just for that.

»support.slingbox.com/get/network···ant.html
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n4bkn

join:2003-12-11
Memphis, TN
reply to nodsirrah

The Sling Viewer program on your laptop can find its way to your router, and the Slingbox behind it. The previous message's URL shows how to keep Sling Media current on your router's current IP address. The alternate method of having your laptop find your router, is to use Dynamic DNS in your router to setup a name for your router to be found by. I use the latter method.

A VPN is not required, except for privacy.


nodsirrah

join:2009-12-12
Savannah, GA

OK, I understand how to access my receivers through the router and sling adapter.
I still need to know how to access my Network from out of town with my laptop.



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What exactly do you want to access on your network? For e.g. if you want to access your windows file/print sharing AT&T blocks those ports so you would have to use a VPN.

You could use Windows Remote Desktop to use your computer remotely by forwrding the port. Alternately you could use a service like LogMeIn, GoToMyPc, TeamViewer, etc. Some of these services have more advanced features besides just sharing the screen, e.g. access your files. They also might be simpler to configure and use than port forwarding with Remote Desktop Connection.

For VPN there are many ways to go about it as well. You could replace your router with one that supports VPN or install an alternate firmware that supports VPN such as DD-WRT -- this option would be somewhat complex, but it would allow you to always access your network. You could also install a VPN software such as OpenVPN on a computer or even use the built in PPTP server in Windows (not the most secure option.) There are VPN services but most of them are used to "hide your IP" or bypass censorship -- not remotely access your network. Hamachi is the name of one VPN service that would do what you want, but I've never used it.
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nodsirrah

join:2009-12-12
Savannah, GA

As you may guess, I am not a techno person, especially Networking. I'll have to read up on what joako has provided and see if I can can make sense of it.
Thanks


nodsirrah

join:2009-12-12
Savannah, GA

Re: [Home Network] Access my network from out of area. SOLVED!

I apologize for putting you all to so much trouble. All I have to do is go to Dish Network Online, sign in to my account and lo and behold I can access my Dish receivers and do what I want to do. Not being a Techie this amazes me. Somehow Dish Online has my permission to access the Dish receivers on my Network through the Sling Adapter! I hope I am the only one who can do that, and that is the only place they can get to on my network.


8744675

join:2000-10-10
Decatur, GA
reply to nodsirrah

Re: [Home Network] Access my network from out of area.

If you have DSL with a dynamically assigned IP address, you'll need a dynamic DNS service that allows you to set up a domain name (i.e. myhomepc.com), and it updates your DNS record every time your IP address changes with your provider. Then just navigate to myhomepc.com and it will always take you to your own PC.

dns2go.com, dyndns.org, there are many. Some free, some not. See if your router supports any of the dynamic dns services, it's much easier and doesn't require you to use software to update your IP address when it changes, you router will do it for you.



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said by 8744675:

If you have DSL with a dynamically assigned IP address, you'll need a dynamic DNS service that allows you to set up a domain name (i.e. myhomepc.com), and it updates your DNS record every time your IP address changes with your provider. Then just navigate to myhomepc.com and it will always take you to your own PC.

Sorry, but myhomepc.com is already in use (but the owner does seem to be willing to sell it).



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Re: [Home Network] Access my network from out of area. SOLVED!

said by nodsirrah:

I apologize for putting you all to so much trouble. All I have to do is go to Dish Network Online, sign in to my account and lo and behold I can access my Dish receivers and do what I want to do. Not being a Techie this amazes me. Somehow Dish Online has my permission to access the Dish receivers on my Network through the Sling Adapter! I hope I am the only one who can do that, and that is the only place they can get to on my network.

Did you not have to log in to DISH online with your account ID to do that??
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nodsirrah

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Is there a free "dynamic DNS service that allows you to set up a domain name (i.e. myhomepc.com)".

Yes, I do have to log on with my account ID. That is what I meant by " go to Dish Network Online, sign in to my account", but I apparently did not express it technically.



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said by nodsirrah:

Is there a free "dynamic DNS service that allows you to set up a domain name (i.e. myhomepc.com)".

I could be wrong, but I believe almost all the free dynamic DNS services, and there are many, restrict non-paying customers to creating subdomains within existing domains that belong to those who offer the service.

If you want to bring your own domain into a dynamic DNS service, you will have to pay for that service.

»freedns.afraid.org/ might offer what you are looking for for free, if in fact you are looking to host your own domain's dynamic DNS service somewhere.


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You can use a free dynamic DNS service and then set a CNAME on an existing domain with an existing DNS service.
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said by joako:

You can use a free dynamic DNS service and then set a CNAME on an existing domain with an existing DNS service.

I could never get this to work as the CNAME is "out of zone" data.


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Re: [Home Network] Access my network from out of area.

I use LogMeIn Free (www.logmein.com). You create a free account and then install a client on each PC you want to access. No need to open ports on your router or anything. Your machines are password protected and accessible from any internet connected pc.

The free version just allows you to remotely control any PCs you have attached to your account. The paid version allows you to transfer files and other features not available with the free version.



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Re: [Home Network] Access my network from out of area. SOLVED!

said by graysonf:

said by joako:

You can use a free dynamic DNS service and then set a CNAME on an existing domain with an existing DNS service.

I could never get this to work as the CNAME is "out of zone" data.

I have gotten cross domain CNAME to work using an external DNS provider, but since many DNS forwarding providers are now implementing DNSSEC (as AT&T and Comcast are both doing), such cross domain DNS tricks may not work for all users anymore (especially for the primary domain name record, as opposed to subdomain records).
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reply to nodsirrah

said by nodsirrah:

Yes, I do have to log on with my account ID. That is what I meant by " go to Dish Network Online, sign in to my account", but I apparently did not express it technically.

Well that is the only way anyone could access it. Unless you accessed it on a public computer, didn't log out and left. Even then they would only have access to your DVR not the network really.
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joako
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said by NetFixer:

said by graysonf:

said by joako:

You can use a free dynamic DNS service and then set a CNAME on an existing domain with an existing DNS service.

I could never get this to work as the CNAME is "out of zone" data.

I have gotten cross domain CNAME to work using an external DNS provider, but since many DNS forwarding providers are now implementing DNSSEC (as AT&T and Comcast are both doing), such cross domain DNS tricks may not work for all users anymore (especially for the primary domain name record, as opposed to subdomain records).

You aren't supposed to use a CNAME for the root domain, only A record (supplemental records such as MX, TXT, etc are fine too)
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said by joako:

You aren't supposed to use a CNAME for the root domain, only A record (supplemental records such as MX, TXT, etc are fine too)

Yes, I know that it has never been a recommended practice, but until recently when DNSSEC started to be used by mainstream ISPs, it had always worked (for many years). It was very handy if you had multiple domain names sharing the same web site (for example, my nature-pics.com, wild-life-pics.com, and wildflower-pics.com domains all share the same web site), and also had a backup web site for times when the primary site might be down (server failure, ISP failure, fat-finger failure, whatever). All I had to do was to change the primary A record for the "main" domain name, and all of the CNAME domains would still point to the main domain's currently active web site. Now, I have to change multiple domains when that happens. Not a biggy, but life was simpler when I could just use CNAMEs for the related domain names and only have to make one DNS record change.
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