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How to remote into my home PC from work.

I'm running Win XP Pro from my office and I'd like to remote into my desktop at home which is running Win XP Pro as well.  My internet connection is via Cable at 10MB/sec.  We're obviously on a different network so how can I remotely connect to it from work? Is there a free way of doing this? if not...what are the options?

Thanks :)
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JamesTX10Commented:
Hello rortiz77,
Check out www.logmein.com They have a free option that should do all that you need. I use it a lot and have never had a problem.

Regards,

JamesTX10
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rortiz77Author Commented:
Thanks!  I'll check that out :)
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dragonjimCommented:
logmein is good.
have you tried the Remote Desktop Connection tool?
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dragonjimCommented:
you might also want to check with your company and see if they allow you to remote back to your home PC...

If they are strict on web policies -- hate to see you get in trouble.
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rortiz77Author Commented:
dragonjim,

I've considered the remote desktop tool but it requires you to be on the same network.  In anycase I have my desktop on a router to its assigned a DHCP IP of 192.168.1.#.  The MS Remote tools won't like that type of an IP since again...i'm on a different network.

Do you know of a way around that?
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dragonjimCommented:
Again... corporate environments vary greatly with allowable web practices. Verify your company's policy -- hate to see you get into any trouble...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/northrup_03may16.mspx

The router would require IP mappings - and is probably a bit simpler if you static the computer you'd connect to. Most residential routers are powerful enough to allow a "reserved" IP range for static devices.

See the link above for a discussion on Remote Desktop via web...

However, I can not stress enough - many companies may not look favorably upon you connecting to your home computer during working hours... be careful!!
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Frosty555Commented:
I've used remote desktop to access my home desktop from university all the time...

Instead of using 192.168.1.#, you use your computer's external IP address, which you can figure out by going to www.whatismyip.com on the target computer.

Remember though, you'll need to forward Port 3389 on your router to your host computer at home, so that remote desktop can communicate. I've made my computer the DMZ host on my network which opens up *everything* to the whole world.... but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone who actually cares about the contents of their computer ;)
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dragonjimCommented:
oh -- the 192.168.1.0 is a private IP, being issued by your router. The router incorporates 2 IP addresses:

"WAN" (Wide Area Network) which is likely DHCP client against your ISP's DHCP server
"LAN" (Local Area Network) which sounds like you are telling us the router is a DHCP server, upon which your local network uses DHCP clients.

What might cause you problems -- if the ISP you use routinely changes IP addresses ... most cases broadband 'always on' have very solid IPs unless ISP resets equipment.
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Frosty555Commented:
*points at dragonjim* he has a point. Dial-up your IP address is different every time. Broadband or cable an IP address change isn't that common, but my external IP address changes every couple of months and I'm on cable.

Though I have heard of some free DNS utilities that lets you assign a domain name to point to your computer, and you run a little app on your computer to keep the DNS server up to date on what is your IP, but lets not get into that until you at least get remote desktop working :P
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rortiz77Author Commented:
No worries...I wont get in trouble for doing this.  I'm part of their IT staff and I'm setting this up for testing purposes.  ;-)
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JamesTX10Commented:
with logmein.com you don't have any of those IP issues. Try it out.
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rortiz77Author Commented:
Logmein.com worked best for me!  It was way to easy to setup ;-)
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