VPN setup, open port security?

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    Hey all,

    I am using two routers (BEFVP41s) to create a VPN. I have been testing in within the LAN and is able to connect and see other computers (ping).

    When I try to access another computer’s share folders, I have to do the following:

    – include Gateways of both routers ( and
    – Enable Netbios over TCP/IP
    – in XP Firewall, open the port 445 TCP to receive service from the other router

    My concern right now is whether opening such port will have any security risk?

    Base on this article article, it says u shoudln’t open it b/c hackers can use it to get data.

    This will be my setup for the network:

    Internet => Speedster 6300 (modem + router) => BEFVP41 (VPN router) => LAN

    I have done port scan using http://www.dslreports.com/scan/ and find no open ports.

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