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Remotely access computer

By nhiep_nguyen ·
I am using winxp sp2 and would like to be able to access my home computer when I am away.
I have adsl connection but no fixed IP address.
So the win xp builtin remote access is not good for me.
I recently saw on the web that there is a mywebexpc site that offers the possibility to access my home computer remotely for free, but I am not to connect to it before knowing what is the catch for that "free" site; my upbringing get me hooked to the idea that there is no free lunch, so what is the price we really pay for that kind of "free site"?
Anyone can offer an explanation?
Thanks for your input.

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by dustyD In reply to Remotely access computer

There are ways to get around not having a static IP. Check out FollowMeIP at fmip.org. It's free, and the client installs on your PC, reports your external IP address to their server protected by your user logon and password.

So, go ahead and use that remote desktop!

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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to

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Thanks for the new website but that doesn't tell me what is the real cost? There must be some catch, what do I pay (even in a hidden way) for using their service?

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by dryflies In reply to Remotely access computer

As long as your computer remains on and connected, you will have the same IP address. so don't turn it off during the period from when you leave it until you want to access it remotely. If it gets turned off, it will keep the IP for the remainder of the lease period, usually 30 minutes but maybe as much as a week or even longer. Your service may also use dynamic DNS which will let you access the computer by name. The problem may be that you have a non-routable IP such as 10.0.0.1 or 192.168.0.2 those subnets do not get translated accross routing boundaries and rely on NAT to make external connections. in that case you would need to set up port forwarding so that when your network gets a call to its external IP on port 3389 it will forward it to your computer.

If you can use the mywebexpc service you can do it as explained above because they cannot help with non-routable IPs either.

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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to

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Thank you for your input but my IP address is not a fixed one, the provider changes it every 24 hours so even my home co;puter is on all the time, the IP changes every day.
To make my question clear, I am willing to use sites such as mywebexpc if I can be sure that there is something hidden behind the "free" service. I feel unconfortable that someone might know my IP beside my ISP.

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by c0nv1ct04 In reply to Remotely access computer

Logmein.com is completely free and allows you to access any PC regardless of firewall settings. You have sign up for a triel of the Pro, but the standard is awesome as long as you don't need to transfer files. I use it at our company and the companies we support. It is completely free.

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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to

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Generally speaking how a free service is paid for for all the expenses to maintain it? What does it cost us, users, in other terms than money? For example being flooded with adds or being monitored when we surf etc...

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by c0nv1ct04 In reply to Remotely access computer

I have recieved no SPAM, or any other advertising. They have adds for their paid services on their site, but the is no "real" cost. They restrict your copy and paste as well as file transfersand printing on the free version hoping that you will upgrade to the Pro.

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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to

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Thanks for the answer

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