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Linking Two Networks Via The Internet


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:52 PM

I want to be able to access one network from a computer attached to a different network. We have two networks at my office: office network which has a server and a domain, and the client network which is just four computers connected in a workgroup (no server, no domain.)

I'd like to be able to access the client workgroup from my workstation down the hall, but there is no direct connection. Can I add my computer to the workgroup via the internet?

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My computer runs Windows XP Pro SP2, is on a corporate network with a server and domain

the client computers are: 2 running Win XP Pro SP2; 2 running Win 2000 Pro, on a workgroup with no server or domain

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 06:02 PM

Have you contacted your Network Administrator? Most corporate enviorment do not allow such wholes punched into the LAN. By connecting your computer to a second unmonitored LAN you leave the Server controlled LAN open to attack thru an unsecure computer.
It can be done, but I cannot see your NA allowing it
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 07:53 PM

For most intents and purposes, I am the Network Administrator. We're a small non-profit so what ever tech stuff I can't do we contract out to the local Geeks Union. But I'd get in big trouble if I exposed our network to unneccessary risk.

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 08:04 PM

What about using XP's "Remote Assistance" tool? Is there a way to prevent an invitation from expiring?

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 08:22 PM

You can use pcAnywhere (and I suppose the free VNC) to access another system on the other network. It's how I transfer the data backup from my wife's office to my home.
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 09:09 PM

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 09:15 PM

John has a good idea. I also use www.no-ip.com. It is a free basic service. You could install a second LAN profile for you NIC and switch between the two. What are you trying to do? Service the computers remotely? Would allowing the LAN access to the server LAN be out of the question? If not you could alway use a acess point to tie them in. Make sure they are seperate workgroups.
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