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Trying to use MSTSC.exe to remote control my home computer from office.

Posted on 2005-02-28
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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Purpose        -Connect from office(OfficePC) to home(HomePC)
router           -Netgear WGR614 ver 1.0
DSL provider -SBC DSL
OS               -Win XP pref
More            -There are more than 2 PCs in my home network.
                   -OfficePC internal IP (  
                   -HomePC internal IP (  
                   -Gateway IP (ex.  
Hint questions
                   -Do I need setup anything in my computer(HomePC)?  Such as domain, computer name?
                   -How do I set up my router's firewall that only I can connect to the home network?
                   -Is PortFoward option in the solution in this question?
                   -Which port I can use for the MSTSC.exe
Thank you so much for your input!
Question by:johnnywong71
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Accepted Solution

egarrison earned 1920 total points
ID: 13424960
1) Setup Port Forward in your home router to send traffic from port 3389 to
2) In Win XP Pro on Home machine - Check the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer"
2a) I Think you need to have a user / password on the home machine.  It is recommended since you are opening up your machine.  
Domain on home computer - NO.  Just know what your user name is.  If unknown, Hit the task manager and click to last tab - USERS. It should show your current account.
3) Disable personal firewall software when testing.  

Hope this helps.
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Assisted Solution

mysticaldan earned 80 total points
ID: 13426870
Read here for How to configure the Remote Desktop client to connect to a specific port when you use Windows XP :

Read here for more info on Remote Desktop :

Installing Remote Desktop Web Connection in Windows XP :

Set Up Your Computer for Remote Desktop, Enable Your Computer as the Host:

If the ports are forwarded on the router then there is notmuch of a problem. Also Windows Firewall can create problems but you can forward a port in that also from the router so that your system is protected also and only you can enter to your computer via username and passwd. Make sure the passwd is a little complex and not easily guessable.



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