I need help setting up simple Remote Desktop Access...
Posted on 2005-03-24
I have a Windows XP IBM Thinkpad T40. Although it's a laptop, I don't really take it everywhere. Sometimes when I'm at school I find that I need some files from my laptop at home, and I wish that I could log-in to my computer and access those files. Then, of course, I thought of Microsoft Remote Desktop Access.
First of all, I enabled Remote Access on my computer (host). But I couldn't go beyong that. I have some questions, which answers could assist me go further. Here we go:
1) In the client computer, after I click on 'Remote Desktop Connection', what goes in the 'Computer' gap? Is it my computer name? But I don't wanna connect from within a local network. I want to connect via internet. So I guess the answer is the IP address?
2) If it is the IP address, is there a trick to remotely tell what's the current IP address on the host computer?
3) The host computer is connected from behind a router (wireless internet sharing), I heard that that could affect the connection. What can I do to avoid it?
Bonus Question :P...Does anyone know if it's OK for a laptop to be ON for days like desktops? My laptop has a fan and everything...but it does get slightly hot although I sit it on a solid flat surface so it can breath...What do you guys think?
These are all my questions for now. I appreciate your help...