I need to access a shared folder over a VPN connection. Very simple host network: no Microsoft server, no AD. Just a WRVS4400N router and a peer-to-peer network.
Purchased a second WRVS4400N router to create VPN from SOHO and configured via VPN Setup Wizard.
When at the office, I can map a drive letter to a share on the other computer, as follows
net use f: \\192.168.1.111\MyShare /User:MYSELF mypass
However, when try same command over VPN, I receive the response:
System error 53 has occurred.
The network path was not found.
I also cannot net view the other computer -- same error. However, I can successfully ping 192.168.1.111.
Routers have latest firmware.
Over VPN I cannot browse network via Windows Explorer (Win7 Network Neighborhood shows only my own PC. In the office I can see the other computer and the NAS appliance "NAS01").
I also cannot connect by entering \\192.168.1.111\MyShare into Windows Explorer's address bar (although I can do that successfully when at the office), or by choosing Map Network Drive from "Computer".
However, over VPN, I can get into NAS administration via https://192.168.1.3 and I can print to the office TCPIP printer (192.168.1.222)
Could the VPN could be blocking some services. Is this possible?
Due to a lack of alternate machines for testing, I continued until now to believe the fault to be Windows 7 Home vs. Windows 7 Premium. I was wrong.
For some reason, the Win7 Home laptop had a 3rd party firewall installed on it (ZoneAlarm Free). However, although ZoneAlarm was running, there was no icon for it in the system tray and the Windows Firewall also was turned on. Of course ZA showed up in the "Programs and Features" list, but I didn't look there. I assumed I knew what was on the laptop.
Uninstalling ZoneAlarm Free solved the problem for the Windows 7 Home Premium laptop.
My apologies to all who joined in the collective head scratching.
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