OK if anyone can help me out here i'd be very appreciative. I'd like to set up my home desktop (XP Pro) for remote desktop access, so I can control my PC from work and also to control it remotely from the laptop on wireless. I know I need to set up a VPN connection on the PC to do this. I've created an Incoming connection and given rights to a user. The computer is behind a router connected to my DSL modem (PPPoE) and set to keep the connection live all the time right now. I also am using no-ip to keep the dynamic ip address updated and accessible. (I know, this is a horrible chain of crap to get through, but it's what I've got to work with) I set the router to forward ports 500, 50-51, and 2 others (don't remember right now) for VPN use to the PC's IP address. It's also set to pass-thru IPSec protocol. Now, if I set up a VPN connection on another PC to point at my no-ip address, it says connecting... and after a few seconds, says 'confirming UN and PW'.... and it sits there for awhile, and then nothing. It says the host is not responding. I'm assuming it's getting SOME connection because it goes to the "confirming login" phase but then it doesn't get any farther. Obviously I'm missing something... I'm not sure if it's in the port forwarding or what. I'm sure there's some crap I'm not aware of that I need to do to get the router to allow all this stuff through. Anyone?