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Remmina: Have to allow remote desktop public connections to connect to local computer?

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:19 pm
by Netherprovinc3
Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon 64 bit

I used Remmina, RDP setting to connect to a local Windows 8.1 computer. The only way that I could get the connection to work is when I set the firewall to allow remote desktop through the firewall for both private and public. I would have thought that private means local network only, and so that alone would have been sufficient. I also don't want to have the computer available on the open web for remote desktop connections right now.

The IP address that I used to connect to the Windows 8.1 computer seems to be a local IP address (it starts with 192.168., it's the IPv4 address that shows when I type "ipconfig").

Re: Remmina: Have to allow remote desktop public connections to connect to local computer?

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:03 am
by xoverlord6
Generally your router should protect you here. Most consumer routers won't expose computers on the local network to the public internet unless you change a setting on the router to expose it - i.e. port forwarding, DMZ host, etc.

I'm assuming you're talking about the Windows firewall. When you first establish a connection to a network, Windows will ask you whether it's private (home), work, or public (i.e. a wifi hotspot in a cafe), and then designate it as such. If you had to open the port on "public" it would seem you must have told Windows that the network you're connected to is "public", even though it is your private network.

Re: Remmina: Have to allow remote desktop public connections to connect to local computer?

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:30 am
by gm10
Windows firewall gives you the possibility to create fully custom rules, too, which allows you to exactly specify the scope of the rule using e.g. only the specific IP of your Linux Mint computer or a range of IPs or network mask matching your entire local network.

This would have been better asked in a Windows support forum by the way, or at least not in the Linux Mint support section for it has got nothing to do with Linux Mint.

Re: Remmina: Have to allow remote desktop public connections to connect to local computer?

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:15 am
by karlchen
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Moved the thread from Linux Mint Main Edition to Open Chat. Reason: The reported problem is clearly on the Windows 8.1 side, not on the Linux Mint side. As a result this thread is about Windows, not about Linux Mint.
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