How does your PC at home connect to the Internet? Does it connect thru a router?
If so, have you tried to setup your router to tell it to pass the external connection on to your PC ? Note since the external connection is initiating the communication, this is necessary. Routers are typically built to handle more than one pc, and hence if you do not do this, how will the router know what PC to send the connection attempt to?
Yes the router is set to forward port 3389 to the IP of the PC I’m trying to connect to.
I know it works because I am able to connect using KRDC (KDE’s remote desktop client). The reason I am not comfortable using KRDC is because it doesn’t encrypt the connection between the two computers.
Just can’t figure out why rdesktop isn’t working though.
I don’t use rdesktop myself (I use vnc) so I’ll have to let someone with rdesktop experience step in … but one non-rdesktop user’s question … On my router at home, when I specify port forwarding, I need to specifiy whether I am forwarding tcp or udp or both. My (albeit limited) understanding is for rdesktop this is udp you need to forward. Did you make certain it was udp and not tcp?
And other than that, its over to the rdesktop experts to help.
I don’t think it’s firewalls as I’m trying from residential locations. Have tried in 2 different friend’s locations and no go.
I just tried to connect with KRDC and that won’t connect any more. Worked fine yesterday. Maybe my PC at home has developed a problem - after all it’s running windows and hasn’t been rebooted for over a week