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Topic # 108262 28-Aug-2012 10:13 Send private message

Hey All,

Currently have a TP-Link TD-W8960N Wireless/ADSL Modem and I want to set it so I can use VNC to access my Mac from work.  I've done this a ton of times in the past with other modems/routers but I cannot for the life of me get it working on this TP-Link.

I went into IP Filtering/Incoming and set it with the IP address of my work, port 5900 and then my internal static IP and same port.  Thought that would work but no.

So I added a NAT Virtual Server for port 5900 which works, but that opens it up to every external IP but I want to restrict to to just my work IP.

I can't seem to be able to do this, but the TP-Link manual implies that the IP Filtering section is what to use, but when I try this it doesn't work.  Any ideas?



Thanks,

Andy

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  Reply # 678062 28-Aug-2012 11:01

Try installing logmein on your mac.
You can use it free for home use and it is available for a mac.
I have it running on my windows PC at home and have that same modem.
It works fine. Logmein seems to run much nicer/smoother/quicker than vnc as well.





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  Reply # 678066 28-Aug-2012 11:06 Send private message

robjg63: Try installing logmein on your mac.
You can use it free for home use and it is available for a mac.
I have it running on my windows PC at home and have that same modem.
It works fine. Logmein seems to run much nicer/smoother/quicker than vnc as well.



Thanks. Have already got Logmein running actually, but when I use it I have to knock it back to greyscale to be usable, but with the VNC it ran pretty much the same in full color, so was trying to get VNC working first.



Would like to get the port forwarding working anyway though as applies to some NAS issues I want to sort a well.



Thanks.

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  Reply # 678070 28-Aug-2012 11:09 Send private message

Not a permanent solution, but try setting your internal IP as a DMZ server (i.e. all ports directed to your internal IP) and see if it works that way



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  Reply # 679428 30-Aug-2012 19:15 Send private message

Well, I logged a call with TP-Link tech support about it as the manual, and spec sheets very clearly say that it should be possible with the IP Filtering Incoming section.   I had a response just which in very broken english says it doesn't do it, they only support NAT from all IP addresses.  So basically the IP Filtering Incoming section is a dud.

I've asked them for a refund due to false advertising as I've since found some other posts on Google with people having the same problem.

Last TP-Link product I buy.

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  Reply # 679433 30-Aug-2012 19:34 Send private message

not a mac user, but im pretty sure they still have iptables so.. set ip tables to drop connections on port 5900 from every ip except your work ip?



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  Reply # 679434 30-Aug-2012 19:37 Send private message

hio77: not a mac user, but im pretty sure they still have iptables so.. set ip tables to drop connections on port 5900 from every ip except your work ip?


Yeah they do, knew I could do that but also have 2 other windows machines etc so don't want to have to start doing that really. Will want to be using the IP filtering feature for other stuff on my NAS soon so while I could address that now it wouldn't help me in the future.  Thx though.

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