want to set up Remote access on my home PC. Any help?

Storm08 asked 3 years ago

I'm running Vista on my home PC; XP on my laptop; & I have a BlackBerry Curve 8530.
I want to set up remote access to my home PC from my laptop and/or BlackBerry in order to access live webcam video (webcams on home PC) on my laptop and/or BlackBerry no matter where I am.
Can anyone help??
Thanks.

1 Answers
Rob Vargas Staff answered 3 years ago

There are a few ways to do this. If your ISP permits, you might be able to gain a second, static IP address that is publicly accessible. Assign that to the second PC, turn on Remote Access in Vista. You'd be good to go at that point using the IP Address of the PC.

Of course, without being pretty careful, that's a security hole big enough to invites teams of hackers into your Vista machine. But it's an option.

Otherwise, you need to use the public IP of your home network (the one you see on our home page), and some form of forwarding to the Vista machine. Your home router might be able to support this using Port forwarding, but you need to open up the Remote Desktop port(s) for your Vista machine, and since it's well known (3389). Here's a pretty decent FAQ on RDP over at [url=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/rdfaq.mspx]Microsoft.com[/url]. It's based on Windows XP's RDP, but gives you the basics. And here's some information on using Windows XP to connect to Vista (and to Windows 7, as it turns out).

You might use Port Forwarding on your home router. Just tell it that all port 3389 traffic goes to the Vista box.

You could also use an automatic forwarding service like [url=http://www.dyndns.com]DynDNS[/url] that gives you a name address and it takes care of the proper IP Address via an agent program running on the Vista machine. Since that agent software is an outbound connection, your router/firewall will let it connect.

There are other ways, too, but they are all (basically) variations on the above.

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