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By cyberghost_1 ·
I need help setting up my office PC so that I can connect to it from home. I already enabled it to be controlled remotely. How exactly do I connect to my office network though? All office PC?s are running WinXp PRO...Here is the set up:

512 Mbps Cable modem connected to a 4 port Netgear Router (RP614v2) A 3Net 8 port Switch is connected to the Router?s LAN port 1, 5 PC?s are connected to the Switch. The Router is the DHCP Server...
So what steps do I need I can?t seem to connect to the network to access my machine...
Do you need any other information....

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by razz2 In reply to Remote Desktop

You connect to it by using port forwarding. The WAN port on the
router will have your PUBLIC ip address. The workstation inside
the LAN will have a PRIVATE ip. Lets say the workstation is

At home you would use the remote desktop client to connect to
the PUBLIC ip. The router would see that it is connecting using
port 3389. It would redirect that to the workstation.

To set it up you would use section 5 in the router manual and
the router admin interface. If the service does not exist create it:

First go to "adding a custom service".

1. Click the Add Custom Service button.

2. Enter the first port number in an unused Start Port box which
would be 3389.

3. To forward only one port, enter it again in the End Port box.

4. Enter the IP address of the local server in the corresponding
Server IP Address box which in this scenario would be

5. Type a name for the service like RDP.

6. Click Apply at the bottom of the menu.

Then under advanced choose Port Forwarding. Select the service
and add it.

Now you should be able to connect to the WAN address with RDP
and it will forward all requests to that internal ip.

different port or use a VPN connection which would avoid
opening the ports to the public WAN interface.

Good Luck,


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by razz2 In reply to

There are many ways to do a VPN but the easiest is with
hardware. Upgrade the Netgear to a model that supports VPN
and buy the same unit for at home. Even a Netgear FVS318 is
fine for home. Then just follow the instructions in the manual
and you will be up and running in no time.

Of course the better the firewall the better the security so a
Sonicwall or Watchguard is better but many even come with a
VPN client like SoftRemote so you would not need the firewall
upgrade at home. Speed will depend on this though. A better
firewall/router will have hardware compression for the VPN
tunnel. That is much faster. The Linksys RV042 and RV082
series is great and hardware driven compression, except that the
VPN connection is a bit weird. As long as it is 2 Linksys then
great but if you try a RV042 on one side and just the built in
Windows XP IPSec on the other ... well it can be a tough one to
setup. Other than that they are great and fast with the VPN.

Good Luck,


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by cyberghost_1 In reply to Remote Desktop

how would I set up a VPN connection...this is for my office and it is really important...I consider my self a novice when it comes to remote details would be nice.

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to Remote Desktop

I am a nivice at these typr of connections, so please giva the esiest way I can achieve this...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Remote Desktop

here u go:
How to Use the Remote Desktop Feature of Windows XP Professional
Article ID : 315328
Last Review : October 8, 2003
Revision : 1.0
This article describes how to configure the remote desktop feature in Windows XP. This feature allows remote control of your Windows XP Professional-based computer from another computer running Windows XP Professional or an earlier version of Windows.
To use Remote Desktop, you need the following: ? A remote computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Professional and is connected to the Internet or on a local area network (LAN).
? A local computer running Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, or Microsoft Windows 95, with access to the Internet or the LAN.
? Appropriate user accounts and permissions configured on the remote Windows XP Professional to allow remote access.

How to Configure a Remote Desktop
To configure a remote desktop connection between a remote Windows XP Professional-based computer and a local computer running one of the versions of Windows listed earlier in this article, follow these steps.

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Step 1: Configure the Remote Computer
On the remote Windows XP Professional-based computer, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then right-click My Computer.
2. On the shortcut menu that appears, click Properties.
3. Click the Remote tab, and then click to select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box.
4. When you are prompted to confirm this change, click OK.
5. Click Select Remote Users, and then click Add to specify additional user accounts to be granted remote access.
NOTE: Administrators are automatically granted remote access privileges.
6. When you are finished adding user accounts, click OK. Make sure that the account that is being added does actually exist on the remote computer. If the account does not exist on the remote computer, create it.
7. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Step 2: Configure the Local Computer
Configure the Remote Desktop feature on the Windows-based computer. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP compact disc (CD) into the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive on the local computer.
2. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen that appears, click Perform additional tasks.
3. Click Set up Remote Desktop Connection.
4. Follow the steps of the Remote Desktop Connection InstallShield Wizard to install Remote Desktop Connection.

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NOTE: If Remote Desktop Connection is already installed, you may receive the following error message:
Remote Desktop Connection cannot be installed because your operating system already has a built-in version. See More Programs\Accessories\Communications\Remote Desktop Connections on your start menu.
NOTE: In addition, you can download the Remote Desktop Client from the following Microsoft Web site:

Step 3: Connect to the Remote Computer
To connect to the remote Windows XP Professional-based computer, follow these steps: 1. Log on to the local Windows-based computer.
2. Make sure that you are connected to the Internet or to the LAN. If you require a dial-up connection to a virtual private network (VPN) or Remote Access server, connect to it.
3. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
4. Click Options.
5. In the Computer list, type the host name or the IP address of the computer to which you want to connect.
6. Type the user name, password, and domain (if applicable) of an account to which you have allowed remote access into the corresponding boxes, and then click Connect.
7. In the Log On to Windows dialog box that appears, type the password of the account with remote access privileges into the Password box .
8. In the Log on to list, if applicable, select the domain or remote computer that you want, and then click OK.

The remote desktop is displayed in a window on the desktop. The remote Windows XP Professional-based computer is locked during this session.
9. To disconnect the session, click the Close button in the session window, and then click OK when you are prompted to disconnect the Windows session.
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by sgt_shultz In reply to

NOTE: If the remote session is displayed in full-screen mode, you may be unable to see the Close button. In this case, restore the window from the remote session banner that is displayed at the top of the session window (click the Restore button).

For additional information about Remote Desktop, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
280828 How a Remote Desktop Connection Affects Windows XP Professional
300698 The Features of the Remote Desktop Client in Windows XP
306759 How to Change the Listening Port for Remote Desktop
281262 HOW TO: Turn On Remote Desktop Automatic Logon

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

Right on the money, I connected but inside the office from a different PC, I can't figure out how to connect from home...The cable modem is connected to a Netgear Router, then a 8 port switch, then the PC's. How would I connect...I know I can't type the PC IP.. because the router asigns that IP, I tried connecting to the router with no luck...any tips E-Mail me please...

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