I am trying to set up a home server, so my wife and I can dial into it and access files from our laptops while away from home.
The PC acting as the server is running Windows Server 2008. I've configured it to accept VPN connections, and managed to get the two laptops to access it successfully. However, this was when I was dialing into the router's home IP address. When I tried accessing it away from home, it wouldn't work.
I know I have to set up a static IP address at some point, but for testing purposes I was using the IP address issued for the current connection. In theory this should work fine but it won't connect. The VPN gets to "Verifying User Name" and then hangs. Another time, it connected OK, but I couldn't access the server itself.
I read somewhere I had to open port 1723 on my router. On my Sky Netgear DG834GT router, it allows you to open an incoming and outgoing connection on this port.
Do I need to open it both ways?
On the incoming connection, it asks for the server to direct communications to. Should this be the IP of my server?
When I open this port, I lose all internet connection to any connected computers.