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stanh
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BT FON and HOME NETWORKS

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We have three laptops on our Home Network - one is frequently away from home, one is occasionally away from home and one is never away from home because its damaged and needs a desktop monitor.

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  1. Do laptops away from the home hub remain connected to the home network via BT FON to be able to enjoy the benefits of sharing - printer and public folders ? The two "mobile" laptops are on Windows Vista and the one at home is on Windows XP.
  2. We could configure the XP Laptop as a server for the printer, etc - would that work OK with the mobile Vista laptops ?
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Luggworm
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@stanh wrote:

We have three laptops on our Home Network - one is frequently away from home, one is occasionally away from home and one is never away from home because its damaged and needs a desktop monitor.

2 Questions

  1. Do laptops away from the home hub remain connected to the home network via BT FON to be able to enjoy the benefits of sharing - printer and public folders ? The two "mobile" laptops are on Windows Vista and the one at home is on Windows XP.
  2. We could configure the XP Laptop as a server for the printer, etc - would that work OK with the mobile Vista laptops ?

 

1. The answer is no. When you connect to BT Fon you are just connecting to the internet so you have no direct connection back to your home network. Your home network is protected by a firewall if you are using the Homehub, it is possible to 'open' the firewall to allow direct connections from the internet to your XP latptop but this would also allow anyone on the internet access to your home network and is a very bad idea.

 

There are ways of sharing resources on your home network over the internet, I haven't used it but this software purports to allow printing over the internet. You could install a FTP server on the XP machine and open your firewall to FTP to allow access to your shared files, you would also need a dynamic DNS entry such as that provided by dyndns.org to 'find' your home network over the internet.

 

Another way if you have XP Pro on the laptop is to configure Remote Desktop Connection and connect back to it by a dyndns entry (again you would have to allow connections to RDP through the firewall) but this means your XP laptop is only as secure as the password on it.

 

The homehub has a menu option called Application sharing which makes opening up the firewall to things like FTP and Remote Desktop quite easy.

 

stanh
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Thanks Luggworm.

I will mark as accepted solution and go away and experiment !
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homeinmk
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If you are using Office 2007 or 2010 you can also use the MS Cloud to pass working docs around or for other files use. If you havent and you have a child of school age or at Uni you can obtain a bone fide copy cheaply through software4students. You can also use BT Digital vault as well. 

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