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How can I remote in to my work computer from my home computer?


Question: How can I remote in to my work computer from my home computer?

Answer: There are a few different ways to remotely control your work computer, some being PcAnywhere, LogMeIn, and Remote Desktop. PcAnywhere and LogMeIn are separate software that you may have to purchase to use. You can also use Remote Desktop to remote in to your work computer from your home computer. There are a few requirements in order for Remote Desktop to work. Each computer must be connected to the Internet through a VPN connection; the work (host) computer must have Windows XP Pro; and the home (client) computer must have Windows 95 or newer and have the Remote Desktop Connection software installed. Note: If you’re not connecting to the host computer through a VPN, you’ll need to use the actual IP address of the host computer instead of the computer name. If you do not have Remote Desktop Connection installed on the client computer, you can download it here. To setup Remote Desktop, go to the Host computer, go to Start > Control Panel > System (if using Category view select Performance and Maintenance then System). Next select the Remote tab, and then check “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”. Also while you are here, write down the computer name, we will need it later. If you are using a firewall, be sure to set Remote Desktop as an exception. To start the connection on the client computer, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communications > Remote Desktop Connection. You will be prompted for the computer name; you will type in the name that you wrote down earlier. Once you have done so, select Connect and you will be remoted into your work computer.

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