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VPN Issue...can't map drive

By dgagne ·
Here's the issue...

I have VPN softare all set up using SoftRemote 8.0 and Linksys BEFSX41 Router.

I can dial in and get connected (pinging internal network, not a problem). I can map the drive that I want to map. 15-20 seconds later, the drive is inaccessible. Everytime I try and access it after this time frame, I get error message that the drive no longer exists. Before the 15-20 seconds is up, I can copy files to the drive and manipulate files how I want. Works great. After 15-20 seconds, no access to the drive at all. I still am able to ping the internal addresses without a problem...even after the drive is not accessible.

I am mapping the drive using the internal IP address, then the share (i.e. \\192.168.1.200\x). I am also pinging using the internal IP address. There is no WINS server, but I did import an LMHOSTS file that gives that IP address a name, no change at all.

I get this same error no matter how many systems I try the VPN software on. I've used it on Win2K, Win98, and WinME.

Current Setup :
*Peer to peer network - TCP/IP being used everywhere. Static IP address for the Linksys VPN Endpoint\Router and the system where the mapped drive is located.
*One end of the WAN is a dial-up, the other is a DSL w/VPN router.
*No servers, NT, 2K, or XP systems present anywhere.
*Dial up systems are Win98.
*System where mapped drive is located is WinME.

Help help help!!!

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by frankl27 In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

Could you clarify something for me please?

Can you still type \\192.168.1.200\<share> (from the START | RUN prompt) and see the files, but you can't map to it?

I'm wondering if it's a firewall issue. I'm not totally certain, but I think file/print sharing happens on port 137 and if that gets denied, you'd be able to ping, but wouldn't be able to see files. I know that some VPN software opens these ports after a stable connection is established, but it's still worth considering.

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by frankl27 In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

When you TRACERT 192.168.1.200 from the machine you're dialed in from, does the path traced look like what you'd expect?

I'm still falling back on the firewall thoughts and wondering if a piece of equipment/software is in between cancelling file/print sharing requests.

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by dgagne In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

I am able to type \\192.168.1.200\x and see the files, but I have the same issue. After a few seconds, I am no longer able to manipulate any files in this folder. I can't even hi-lite a file because it will give me an error after a few minutes saying the drive no longer exists.

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by fenaikh In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

Hi
read these .

Good luck

The Win9x VPN client connection guide
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00320021021shi01.htm

15 Tips for Troubleshooting VPN Connections
http://www.iisadministrator.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=8290

Configuring VPNs
http://www.win2000mag.com/articles/index.cfm?ArticleID=7529

Learn why NAT can cause VPN connection problems
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00220011026dad01.htm


MANAGE NETWORK CONNECTIONS WITH NETCONS.exe

***Very Important NOTE *********
After you copy the URL a space or a %20 maybe gets inserted in the URL when you paste it into your browser. Delete any spaces or such characters from the URL for the page to be loaded.
***Very Important NOTE *********

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by dgagne In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

Most of these articles deal with a server, instead of peer to peer network. I know I would be fine with a WINS server, but in this case, there isn't on, so it's a lot more tricky. I'm able to get the VPN to work in the sense that I can get onto the internal peer to peer network, but I'm not able to browse the files or map a drive after a few seconds....very strange problem.

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VPN Issue...can't map drive

by fenaikh In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

Hi
read these .

Good luck

The Win9x VPN client connection guide
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00320021021shi01.htm

15 Tips for Troubleshooting VPN Connections
http://www.iisadministrator.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=8290

Configuring VPNs
http://www.win2000mag.com/articles/index.cfm?ArticleID=7529

Learn why NAT can cause VPN connection problems
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=r00220011026dad01.htm


MANAGE NETWORK CONNECTIONS WITH NETCONS.exe

***Very Important NOTE *********
After you copy the URL a space or a %20 maybe gets inserted in the URL when you paste it into your browser. Delete any spaces or such characters from the URL for the page to be loaded.
***Very Important NOTE *********

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by Carol In reply to VPN Issue...can't map dri ...

Check for a firmware update for your home linksys router. Recent firmware updates fixed a 20 minute disconnect which many users were experiencing.

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