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By dean_magnusson ·
I have XP, W2KP, W98SE network at home. A friend of mine in another city has a similar network. He is using a double nic box for his server, I am using a D-Link Router. We both have cable access. How can we setup a VPN for just the two of us? XP is supposed to have remote desktop, but the way I understand it, it's to allow someone on a remote system to access my box, and take control of it.

At my job, I lost all my personal folders in OL2K a few days ago, the helpdesk got the number of the computer I work on, and got my permission to access my account with my password. My personal folders were retrieved lickety split, and it was amazing watching the mouse cursor doing the work on my end, when the helpdesk person was exploreing the computer I was on. Knowing this much, I and my friend (we so called...trust each other) want to establish remote access to help each other on our systems, it would be much easier to just take control and let him watch me doing the manipulations, and vice versa. My job uses SMS? to do their job in IT. I'm only a small network and my friend ditto. This also would familiarize us with the technology some.

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by saihib In reply to VPN

Remote access and remote control are two totally different things. An example of remote control was when your helpdesk person was moving your mouse and doing whatever it was that they were. Remote access will allow someone remote file access. If youwant to do VPN then you need a VPN server. Free remote control software ( do a search for VNC) will work but I'm not sure you will be able to connect to each other because of DNS issues. In other words, both you and your buddy's machines will have to be registered with DNS servers in order to establish a connection and, unless you have the same ISP that probably won't happen. It probably won't happen even if you do have the same ISP because they won't allow it. Laplink, at least they used to, has a service where you connect to them and thay act as a gateway to another Laplink enabled computer over the Internet.

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by Neal2002 In reply to VPN

You can try and use MS NetMeeting to remote into you friends PC. You will have to use the external IP address for your router and your friend’s proxy server; these will most likely change do to DHCP lease duration so you need to check them each time before starting. You will also have to configure the router and proxy server to allow access to the PCs you want to remote into. You may want to bypass the router and proxy to make sure that this works then try to configure the passthough. I do recommend that you do a lot of reading before trying this. You need to understand the difference between remote control vs remote access and the 1000s of ways you can do this. Be careful, if you set this up wrong you can make it really easy for anyone to access your PC.

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