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Hy everybody,

I have one crazy question :) Is it possible to connect two computers over Internet in such a way so that you can see them both in a My Network Places as two PCs on the same LAN?

For example: At home I have 3 PCs and I can access them all and all the resources/services on them over my home LAN, thats super. But right now I am at dormitory and i have just my laptop with me, and I want to access all the files on my computers at home, i also want to use other resources and operate with services etc like on home LAN. Therefore the best thing it would be if i can see my home pc under My network places as another LAN pc. Is that possible?

I know i can have remote desktop or something, i even have webdav at home, but it's such a pain in the ass, and i can't watch movies that i have on my home pc :) I was thinking if I can use putty to ssh home, and then use "net use" command to somehow tunnel to my home pc and map a drive on my laptop. yea i know i have crazy ideas :)

thanks and regards

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Thanks for your suggestions, I looked on that VPN and I figured out that you can create VPN directly from within windows "integrated" VPN throught Network Connections -> create a new connection. What i want to ask is there any reason not to use this already present VPN server? Or is it better to use OpenVNP or Hamachi? –  aceman Oct 28 '09 at 15:34
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This crazy solution to your crazy idea is called VPN :) You might try hamachi for your needs though.

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+1 for hamachi! –  osij2is Oct 27 '09 at 22:28
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Why not OpenVPN free and secure based on openssl to provide encryption, and it's under GPL. It will help you creating point-to-point or server-to-multiclient encrypted tunnels between host computers.
And it is available on Solaris, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, and Windows 2000/XP/Vista.

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I'd say because hamachi is simpler to use (eventhough OpenVPN is a great project), and works with NAT-to-NAT. –  blank3 Oct 27 '09 at 23:00
    
Again what blank3 said. Why use a Claymore when all you need is a steak knife? After he uses Hamachi and learns more about networking OpenVPN will be a great solution to look into. –  sparks Oct 28 '09 at 15:44
    
+1 OpenVPN - GPL all the way. –  Coops Oct 28 '09 at 15:53
    
Another +1 for free and open software. Control your own destiny. –  pboin Oct 28 '09 at 15:58
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