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Setup iPad, iPhone to connect to Windows 7 VPN
Setup iPad, iPhone to connect to Windows 7 VPN

 7:40 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

I want to be able to use my iPad to access files at my office on my windows 7 pro machine. I have gone through all the steps to create a VPN server on the windows machine. I've forwarded the ports to the machines IP address. I dont see any VPN checkboxes in the firewall and I have tried turning the firewall off. When I try to connect it just times out.

Has anyone been able to do this and if so how?



 11:19 am on Feb 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

When you open a VPN session, your computer sends a query to the VPN server regularly to make sure the connection is still open. If your computer does not detect a response from the VPN server within 180 seconds (three minutes), the VPN connection will be terminated. Users with slow dial-up connections may find that 180 seconds is not long enough to receive a response from the VPN server, and may therefore need to adjust the time-out period.
I recommend you to re configure server setup on your windows 7 VPN or just try to any 3rd Party providers who offers secure services:
You can create a virtual private network yourself by using certain effective services available in the market, some of these include:

1) LogMeIn (Previously known as Hamachi)
2) Comodo Unite Previously known as EasyVPN)
3) Gbridge

[edited by: engine at 12:18 pm (utc) on Feb 28, 2012]
[edit reason] see WebmasterWorld TOS [/edit]


 4:02 pm on Feb 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

I do not want to do a remote desktop. I want to be able to connect with the iPad/iPhone built in VPN ap. I am able to connect using other windows machines. But for some reason I can not connect with the IOS device.

I am asking for help from anyone who has done this. Use IOS device to connect to their windows 7 machine to browse files, etc. Not Remote Desktop or VNC.


 3:05 pm on Mar 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

I was able to establish a remote connection to the windows 7 VPN. But I am not able to browse any of the shared folders? In fact I am not able to connect to any of the machines at all. What am I missing?


 2:28 am on Mar 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Ok, the prob was the office router was set to and so was my home router.

I logged into my home router and changed it to and then everything worked.

So for anyone coming across this thread here is what I did

Set up VPN on windows 7 machine at office, set router to forward ports for pptp and smb
Also, set router to

On home router set to
On ipad connect to VPN then use file browser to access remote machines by simply using IP address such as 192.168.0.XX

Now I can access files at office from iPad, etc


 9:47 am on Mar 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Why not just install dropbox or iCloud, Much easier setup and use


 3:10 pm on Mar 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Limited disk space, otherwise good idea


 12:48 pm on Mar 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yeah the 2Gb limit is a pain, I have a ton of psd's I'd like to share across a team of 5 macbooks, any ideas?

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