It depends on the type of VPN connection you are creating. Since you mentioned Win98, it sounds like you are using PPTP. You may be better off switching to IPSec. An easy way to fix your VPN problems would be to use a low cost VPN solution (Imperito for example, www.imperito.com) that is simple to install and bring up. You can go with the MS solution, but it's not as straightforward as the instructions say and you may still have some problems according to expert opinion on the MS VPN solutions. Here's a link to a Network World article on VPNs that talks about the MS solution: http://www.nwfusion.com/reviews/2001/1001rev.html?docid=6223
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