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Hi,
We have two computers one in shop and one in home. We have web cams attached in both of the systems. We are also connected to Internet. We would like to have remote survilence in Shop from home. What would be the best software to use? is there some thing that exist free? Also we have multiple cameras in shop. so will we be able to switch in between cameras?
Thanks for help.
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You're in the right forum if you want a free solution, assuming you already own XP Pro, XP Media Center, or 2003 Server.  Are you using XP or 2003 Server in the shop machine?  You will need XP Pro or 2003 Server in the shop.  Enable remote desktop connections on that machine.  The PC at home can use any OS that supports the microsoft RDC client, which you can get from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=80111f21-d48d-426e-96c2-08aa2bd23a49&DisplayLang=en

What does your shop network look like?  You'll need to open port 3389 on your shop's firewall/router to allow incomming RDP connections from your home PC to your shop PC.  Then it will be just like using your shop's PC, but from home!
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I will check it up shannonE, but if we are successfull then i would be the happiest person
Regards,G.
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what OS are you using at the shop?  let me know if you need advice setting up
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If you are looking for a cheap way to go then what shannon has reocmmended is best.
Let me know if you want an ideal solution

Also Do you have routers at both locations?
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Dear Shannon,
I am using Vista in shop. I came to know an interesting fact about this.

See my Net provider gets connectivity from some one and distributes it among us. So the IP assigned to us is a local IP assigned within this network. So how can i make my computer to be open to internet?

Did my question made any sense?

Regards,G.
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yes, that makes sense.  You'll have to talk to the administrator of your network and have him configure the router or Windows Routing and Remote Access server to forward port 3389 to your Vista machine's IP address.  If another server on your network is already using terminal services over port 3389, then you can configure your home PC to use remote desktop connection over a different port, such as 3399 for example, and then have the admin forward 3399 traffic to your Vista's IP address
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Hi ShannonE,

I believe you are almost near to my solution, Thanks for your hard work.
Will you be able to help me in one another way? can you please list down what has to be done with my network administrator and what has to be done in shop.

If you can list it out in points it would be easy for me to go and talk to my Administrator. If i am asking too much i am sorry, As i am new and doesnt know much it would be easy if you list the steps down to me.

Thanks in advance.
Regards,G.
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Hi Shannon,
Can you help me out?
Regards,G.
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just tell your network administrator to 'forward port 3389 to your Windows Vista machine's IP address'

Then you will need to enable Remote desktop connections on your vista machine.  I've never done this for vista before but this article should help:
http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-1035_11-61469-1.html

What OS is your home computer running?  You may need to download the newest RDC client depending on which RDC settings you enable on your shop computer.  Regardless, if you download this client to your home computer you shouldn't have any problems:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925876

any questions let me know...
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