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Title: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Daniel Nickleski on March 12, 2010, 07:04:28 pm
     Being on the road a lot in the next few months I am looking for a way to access my office computer while traveling. Is their a "remote desktop" that you can use via the internet? The office computer is running Windows XP and I would be accessing from a Macbook Pro running Windows XP. Any help on this would be amazing!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Daniel Cash on March 12, 2010, 07:27:28 pm
You will need to do these things:

1.  Set up DDNS on your office computer.
http://www.dyndns.com/services/dns/dyndns/

2. Set up port forwarding on your office router to forward port 3389 (RDP port) to your office computer.

3. Setup a secure user name and password on your office computer and enable remote desktop in the operating system, if it is not already enabled.

That should do it.

There are commercial products that also accomplish the same thing, if you are concerned about security, or are uncomfortable setting things like port forwarding on your router up.
Specifically I know of a lot of business use solutions from citrix.  See:  www.gotomypc.com

Also, microsoft small business server does some of this out of the box.
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Jeff Baumgartner on March 12, 2010, 07:51:59 pm
www.logmein.com

Sign up for the free version.
Works great for me.
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: James Feenstra on March 12, 2010, 07:52:43 pm
I use vnc server to do exactly that....I can access my home desktop via any computer with vnc viewer installed, and also through my iPhone

I also use it for fun stuff like doing a lighting focus from the grid without needing anyone else to run my desk for me Smile
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Jason Lavoie on March 12, 2010, 11:07:12 pm
+1
dyndns plus remote desktop works great for me, and I don't recall having to do any special port forwarding..


Jason
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Scott Smith on March 13, 2010, 12:28:08 am
Jeff Baumgartner wrote on Fri, 12 March 2010 19:51

www.logmein.com

Sign up for the free version.
Works great for me.

+1!  No ports or routers to configure!  Just install and go!  I do computer repair work all over the country for family and friends with the free version.  All my company computers are also accessible with this.  Easy to turn on or off... your remote screen becomes your actual screen... very cool!
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Daniel Nickleski on March 13, 2010, 01:23:49 am
Looks like this is what I need. Will give it a try when I am back at the office Monday.

Thanks Guys!


Scott Smith wrote on Fri, 12 March 2010 23:28

Jeff Baumgartner wrote on Fri, 12 March 2010 19:51

www.logmein.com

Sign up for the free version.
Works great for me.

+1!  No ports or routers to configure!  Just install and go!  I do computer repair work all over the country for family and friends with the free version.  All my company computers are also accessible with this.  Easy to turn on or off... your remote screen becomes your actual screen... very cool!

Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Tim Kartes on March 13, 2010, 07:08:36 pm
+1 for logmein

+1 for vnc

I use them both, depending on the venue's router setup
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Phillip_Graham on March 13, 2010, 08:33:46 pm
Daniel Nickleski wrote on Fri, 12 March 2010 19:04

     Being on the road a lot in the next few months I am looking for a way to access my office computer while traveling. Is their a "remote desktop" that you can use via the internet? The office computer is running Windows XP and I would be accessing from a Macbook Pro running Windows XP. Any help on this would be amazing!

Thanks!



+2 for logmein.com

Great program, great granulation levels for the free and pay products.

I use it literally every day.

the free version cannot be remote installed on the destination computer, you have to set it up on that ocmputer sitting in front of it.  The pay version, of course, can be remote added/configured to other machines.
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Marty Bilecki on March 13, 2010, 10:10:12 pm
Dan  I have had good luck with  GoToMyPC.com

easy as cake
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Adrian Genovesio on March 14, 2010, 12:02:49 am
Something really easy to use is  www.logmein.com.  Just setup the program and remote via your internet browser
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: Scott Smith on March 14, 2010, 08:41:33 am
Adrian Genovesio wrote on Sun, 14 March 2010 00:02

Something really easy to use is  www.logmein.com.  Just setup the program and remote via your internet browser

Hello!  Is this thing on?? Shocked
Title: Re: Accessing a Windows XP Computer from the road
Post by: John Cameron on March 15, 2010, 07:45:19 am
Tim Kartes wrote on Sat, 13 March 2010 19:08

+1 for logmein



Wow thanks! I love it!