Connecting to remote desktop

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I need to connect to my home desktop from my office. Can I connect to my desktop using VNC if I am in my Company network. What All I need to do. will Firewall be an issue even going (connecting) out to my desktop. I think Firewall is only the issue if you are conning to company network. In other words coming into company network. Connecting to a public network desktop would not be an issue. Please confirm. How can I put my desktop in public network for me to access from anywhere. What (of any) ports I need to open on my desktop and how. Can I use TightVNC viewer to to take over my desktop while I am in company network. Or do I need to connecting using Webserver/Netmeeting. and How do I set it up (both server (desktop) and client end)?

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You can but it will also open it up so that others can get into it too. You need to make sure that all accounts on your home computer have strong passwords. Also, more than likely your company network has that port blocked. remote desktop might work if you are using XP pro at home IF your work doesn’t have that port blocked too. On your home computer you would have to right click My Desktop icon on the desktop and go to Properties. Then in Properties go to the Remote tab at the top. Then put a checkmark in “Allow Other Users to Connect Remotely to This Computer” and choose which accounts you want to let in.
You would want to install something like sygate personal firewall, (free), at home to make things more secure. than in the applications section of sygate only allow connections thru from the MAC address of your work computer.
Then if you have a router to block traffic coming into your home network like a netgear cable/dsl router that uses NAT, you can port forward the Remote Desktop Protocol port, 3389, to your internal computer. You could even get more complicated and use IPCop, (free), on an old computer to use as a router that will log all activity in and out of your home network so that if someone does get in you have logged proof of who did it.

Another thing that you will need is either a static IP address or a dynamic DNS for your home PC. Otherwise, there won’t be a consistant way for you to connect to it.

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  • Jerry Lees
    I can't vouch for how secure it is (though I personally use it on my machine) but there is a website that allows you to do this for free out there with their software on your machine then controlled through their web site. It is called logmein. Basically, you register, download the software and install it on your PC, then log into their site and you're presented with a windows login just as if you were there. Very nice little tool, especially if you friendly Network administrator has blocked outbound access on PORT 3389. ;-)
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