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cable and dsl

By luv2bike2 ·
is there a way for me to connect to another computer using remote desktop or another XP software. I have Cable and the other person has DSL.
Thanks so much for any information

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by w2ktechman In reply to cable and dsl

this should not be a problem unless except for firewall settings

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by TheChas In reply to cable and dsl

The first question is what do you wish to accomplish by networking these 2 PCs?

Remote Desktop is primarily for assisting someone who has a problem with their PC from a remote location.

If you wish to share files or resources, you most likely want to set up a VPN between the 2 PCs.

Search on VPN here at TR and you will find a number of articles and downloads.

1 specific issue that you may run into is IP addressing.

Cable systems typically provide a fixed IP for their clients.

DSL often uses dynamic IP addressing. That is, every time your friend logs onto the DSL network, they will have a different IP address.


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by josh In reply to cable and dsl

Yes there is, and there are a few things required for RD to work first.
1. You must enable and ADD a user to Remote Desktop on the computer to are connecting TO. (Right click 'My Computer', 'Properties', then go to 'Remote)(Check box to enable)(Select remote users)
2. You must have a router that will port forward 3389 to the PC IP that you are connecting to or setup the machine as DMZ in the router.
3. Firewall must be configured to allow RD and 3389.
4.You need to know the Global ISP IP given to the computer you are connecting to. To find that have your user go to
5. Put that IP in for RD and attempt to connect.
Hope that helps.

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by luv2bike2 In reply to

first of all: I don't want to say that these answers are unacceptable they are very helpful.

Second: I guess what i need is basicly step by step of each procedure. the 3 PC's all have XP, i have cable and use McAfee for my firewall. the other 2 PC are in a different city, and in the same house. They have a wireless network using DSL connection to the internet. I am not sure how to configure the router at the other location for port forward or setting up the PC as a DMZ. I appreciate all these answers. Thanks.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to cable and dsl

Just to muddy up the waters a bit you can always use MSN and Request Remote Assistance in the Actions Tab of the MSN Window. There are a couple of problems here but the person would have to direct the request directly to you and obviously you would both need to be on line at the same time.

If you do it that way it should avoid most of the firewall problems that you should run into.


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by luv2bike2 In reply to

Thank you all for your answers to my question.
The MSN and Request Remote Assistance will work for what I need to do. I tried it out this afternoon and it works. Thanks again for all your assistance.

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by statykserver In reply to cable and dsl

I don't see this as the best way to accomplish your task but it surely is an easier solution especially if you just need to connect to the other pc a few times.

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by luv2bike2 In reply to cable and dsl

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