setting up a dialup connection to the office

I have a internet connection at my office but none at home and I would like to spend more time at home with the kids but because I dont have internet at home (and can't get anything but dialup) I want to know how do I set up a dial in account to my office (be my own ISP) one can I set it up on my windows XP Pro computer at the office?, two I have a 20"iMac that I love and use most of the time and I have it set up to get the fax's, but it will not let me set up a dial in access, or I dont know ho to make it do that.
the net work: I have a linksys router on a RR connection (highspeed cable) and off that I have a win XP Pro computer and a iMac and I would like to connect to the win XP computer with a dial in connection and gain access to the internet and network at the office.
can you help?
thanks Rob
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1_UPConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hey Rob,

Nope, it sure doesn't!!!
That is what a program like PC Anywhere(as well as some others) is capable of doing...You will give PC Anywhere the fax number at work, to which the XP machine modem will be attached...then PC Anywhere will actually dial your fax number, negotiate a direct  connection to the modem on the other end, and then it will provide you will a visual display of the Remote desktop. From that desktop you will be able to surf using your works broadband. Any files you download will come to the remote computer first, and can then be transferred to your home computer over the modem connection. No Internet needed at home, just an open phone line!!! I don't know the price of a new version of PC Anywhere but you can probably pick up an old version(make sure it is compatible with your OS) on ebay or something...be warned the direct modem connection will not be super fast, only as fast as the fastest modem itself (probably 56k)....

I think this is your only viable solution, without an internet connection at home...
Good luck!!!
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ParksConsultingCommented:
If your work system was running a server OS like 2000 Server or Server 2003, this would be easy.

Probably the easiest way to accomplish this with a desktop is to get a piece of software like PCAnywhere.  You would dial from your home, connect to the XP (Work) system, and then be in control of that system.  From there you can do email, web, whatever.  

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Hi...You are going to need dial-up internet access at your home for this quick and easy solution to work...what you are wanting to do going to require setting up a VPN(Virtual Private Networking) and Windows XP PRO can do that using the built in IIS(Internet Information Services). It is located using Administrative Tools under Control Panel. If you do not have the IIS installed you may Add Windows Components under Add/Remove Programs. Here is a link that will walk you through setting up a VPN in XP Pro... http://www.zdnetasia.com/insight/network/0,39044847,39050037-39000223c-1,00.htm
Port 1723 is default for VPN, and PPTP is sometimes used as well, these ports will need to be opened on your router at work and set to forward to the IP address of your XP machine(which will need to remain static on your work intranet).
If you have the dial-up internet access at home it would make sharing your work connection redundant...you could do it(under VPN properties) but it would not increase your connection speed...
If you do not have dial-up at home and do not intend to get it, then you are talking about a straight modem-to-modem connection. I might suggest an old version of PC Anywhere that can do that, but honestly it is mostly obsolete and a strange can of worms involving dedicating a phone line at work to receive the incoming connection...
Hope this is helpful!!!
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I forgot to mention your work must have a static IP address(or you are going to have to annoy your IT guys by calling and asking what the current IP address is, which sometimes doesn't work anyway since the dynamic IP isn't published) and you will need to input this static IP when you setup up the VPN dial-in connection on your home machine...
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MacspcsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your advice, but the point is I don't have an internet connection at home and I see no reason to pay some one else for internet when I pay for High speed at the office, I have three lines at the shop and one is for the fax and I don’t think that I will be getting many faxes at night (and the ones I do aren’t worth getting)
I guess the point is I want to be a privet ISP for my company (using dialup connections) how do I do it with little or no money.
Thanks Rob
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Hey Rob,

No problem man, I understand...I just wasn't sure which way you wanted to go...

According to what you said you have your solution right there in a nutshell:
1)Dedicate your fax line to the task of receiving incoming connections at night(ie plug it in with a splitter on your modem on the XP box).

2)Pick up any type of Remote Desktop Software(PC Anywhere or maybe Logmein) that will allow a direct modem connection and voila!!! You are in control of your work PC...as far as being your own 'ISP' that isn't exactly what you want to do, but I know what you mean...it will involve simply sharing the internet connection at work through your direct connection with your work PC...

3)You may find using a two monitor setup with your home machine helpful in controlling the remote machine...easy to do under display properties in XP.

The Macs I dunno about, you may find cross platform issues in Remote controlling a PC, but I can't say for sure!!!
Good luck!!!
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MacspcsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info BUT! Every thing requires a internet connection to be established first and that is what I don’t have and want to set up through my computer at work.

So instead of getting an account with a local ISP I want to go to my home computer and go to the dialup connection and put in my office number (fax number) and have it connect to  my office computer and then have the office computer log me in and let me have access to the internet, and from there I can use a remote desk top connection or something like it to access the files If needed
 thanks
 Rob
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