want to connect to office remotely

Posted on 2005-04-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I am the IT person for a small business. Very basic stuff. 3 pc's/all XP Pro/setup as workgroup/1 pcs act as pseudo server with all PROD files there/backed up nightly to 1 of the other machines/share a printer which is connected directly to 1 of the pc's. 1 of the employess is having foot surgery and wants to work from home! i have used gotomypc in the past and it seems to work OK. Want to know if there are any other options out there? and can 2 people be working on the same machine at the same time(1 local/1 remote)?
Question by:pdadddino
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    With Windows XP pro you can use RDP to connect to them as long as they are visible from the internet.  I use a Cisco router and simply NAT a public address to the users machine and limit access to that machine to that user home IP Address( i force them to have a static IP Address in order to do this).  I think only the remote user can use the machine in this senario.
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    Accepted Solution

    If you're using some kind of broadband router, you must forward port 3389 to the IP address you want to remote control.

    You could also use TightVNC, which is free and very easy to install, configure, and use.  You can download it here:

    Expert Comment

    You can add an incoming network connection in your machine at work, this connection must be a VPN incoming, then make a new VPN connection on the home machine to the server ip number.
    You can use Remote Desktop, but only 1 user can be logged in at same time
    The server must be running Windows XP Professional

    Author Comment

    remote location has broadband connectivity. Still need to purchase a router! no special software running on either end.

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