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Remote Desktop

By patnev2 ·
I cannot find any straightforward instructions on how to use remote desktop that I can understand. I know it's only a few simple steps. For example, one tutorial I found says to open the remote desktop app and enter the ip address of the target computer. So, it says to enter the ipv4 address which happens to be (??) This sounds ridiculous to me as this would be the same ip address of a zillion other computers. Doesn't there have to be some prefix containing the modem/router info? I'm pretty sure if I enter from another country my pc at home isn't going to come up! Where can I find REAL detailed step-by-step instructions that eliminate the guesswork?
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The 192.x.x.x numbers are for your computers on your LAN.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Remote Desktop

So that's correct. Now if you want to remote to a computer not on your LAN, yes that's a lot more complicated.

As you only told so much I'll pause here.

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by patnev2 In reply to The 192.x.x.x numbers are ...

Okay, well, I'll be in Mexico for the next 6 months and I want to use remote desktop to connect to my PC here in Nevada. Do you know where I could find clear instructions for that?

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Sadly no. There are guides but that's it. Here's why.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to same

Because the setup can and often does have us make a change to the router and those router changes are specific to your make, model and sometimes firmware version of the router, there can't be "clear instructions." By clear instructions I'll define that as "step by step" with exact details.

Now there are guides out there.

But each guide can vary as the remote solution changes from Chrome to Logmein to the other dozen or more solutions.

So no to clear instructions. What to do next? Pick out which remote system you want to try, then set that up and test before you leave. This may not be a sure thing since you find that ISPs can block known remote desktop port addresses for security so there's more to this than most suspect.

What have I used before? Mostly TightVNC but I'd be open to other solutions. There's also what I need to do over such a link. If I just need files I setup a (secure) FTP server.

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by patnev2 In reply to Sadly no. There are guid ...

What if I call my ISP and demand that they walk me through it? (thanks for the reply btw)

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All the ISPs I know would hang up on such a demand.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to same

Even I can't do a step by step. I know that variations exist and you have to roll with the punches to setup remote access systems.

What I do know is I never setup Windows own remote system because of trust issues.

You have to be clear you need "unattended access." What is that? Read

If I were to setup such today I'd be looking at Chrome Remote Desktop and NoMachine. Be sure to check if such supports "unattended access."

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I've omitted the easy way.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Remote Desktop

Hire this out. Example at but Upwork has such for hire for this and other tasks we don't want to do ourselves.

I linked that one to give you a ballpark on cost.

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