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How to connect to my home computer using VPN?

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How to connect to my home computer using VPN?
I'm using Windows XP Pro.
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Question by:mawingho
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OpenVPN is a good software solution - it's free.  As an alternative, you could buy an inexpensive VPN router.  Many inexpensive VPN routers won't let you use a software client though.  I'm assuming you want access from anywhere, not one specific place.
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by:rindi
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Use Hamachi, it is easier to setup and use than OpenVPN and also free. You don't need to know your IP, so you don't need a Static IP or DynDNS setup for your home. Additionally you can also use logmein from the same site with which you can remote control your PC.

http://logmein.com
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by:jessmca
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Not needed.  Enable remote desktop, right click My Computer, Properties, Remote
Select users accounts you want to access from, ensure they have a strong password

On your router, enable dynamic dns and setup a free account

Configure port forwarding 3389 to your XP machine

Now use the dynamic dns address from another computer using terminal service client, start,run,mstsc

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In Windows XP you can use incoming VPN connections:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_vpn_server.htm
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by:Qlemo
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The integrated VPN as recommended by als needs modification at your router, too - you need to switch on "PPTP Pasthru" (sometimes called "VPN Passthru"), and/or forward port 1723 and protocol (!) 47 (GRE) to your home PC.
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by:ola_erik
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Hamachi is the easiest if u dont want to do the configuring and manual-reading yourself
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by:Qlemo
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Maybe we should know for what reasons you would like to have a VPN?
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by:Techguy23
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Your best bet for remote access to your PC from the internet is through a web based remote connection application such as LogMein. This will allow you remote access into your pc through the internet from anywhere you receive an internet connection. Most places will allow the outgoing HTTP traffic through the firewalls, but you will see more places that will block you from creating a VPN connection from within their networks.  
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by:mawingho
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usually, I use my laptop to logon to my company network and access my network internal application and drive and even server.
So that wherever I use my laptop, I can just type the internet address or IP on the web browser, then the application or service (maybe Hamachi²) can know where does the content should get from.
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