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Remote Networking, how to set up

by hinesjrh / July 1, 2004 1:03 PM PDT

I understand that it is possible to set up my Windows XP PC, so that I can access and control it remotely. How is this set up? Do I need to set up a user name and password from the PC, so that there is some level of security when I later attempt to connect from a remote location?

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Re: Remote Networking, how to set up
by Sovereign Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 2:43 PM PDT

I think what you are looking for is Remote Desktop. First you have to make sure it is enabled. The default is disabled so go to MY COMPUTER, right click and PROPERTIES. Click on the REMOTE tab and enable REMOTE DESKTOP. Now you have to find out what your IP is. If you have a firewall just check it (usually at and then go to another computer, which is not in your house and using the same internet connection. For example go to the computer at work, open remote desktop (which is installed automatically on windows xp). If it is an older windows version, download it here: Open the program anyways and put in your IP. It should connect and you login like you usually would. Your computer at home has to be on and online. For security purposes create a restricted account if doing that, just in case somebody ever see your username and password. Make sure the IP stays the same it changes. Good luck!

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RD is a function of XP Pro,....
by Michael Geist / July 1, 2004 7:17 PM PDT

XP Home will not have this, however PC Anywhere can give you this feature.

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Re: Remote Networking, how to set up = I don't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 10:46 PM PDT
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Re: Remote Networking, how to set up
by ereedks / July 1, 2004 10:52 PM PDT

My question is WHY? From a security standpoint, this is not a good idea! Think for a second, when you can access your computer from a remote location, what is needed? That same information is all ANYONE would need to access your computer from ANYWHERE. EVERYBODY could do it with the right information, and hackers have programs to get the right information. As a network administrator (A+, N+, Windows 2000 Pro/Server)I may set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or allow Remote Access, but this is done ONLY with an encrypted connection. What you are talking about is not encrypted, and could be done by anyone, anywhere. Not smart or safe.

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