Saturday, April 08, 2006

Remote access to your PC from the internet...

A buddy of mine (Brett) just blogged a great post on how to setup remote access to your PC on the internet. Don't bother paying money for it - it's already included in XP! See Network Garage Engineers: Cancel your GoToMyPC subscription!

The main problem is how to find your PC on the internet. For users of Network Magic (my buddies company), this is simple you already have dynamic DNS support using the name [yourhostname].home.net2go.com. Ok, but what about folks who don't run Network Magic? If you're used to installing software and tweaking with things, have no fear, a solution is at hand... If not, checkout recommend Network Magic - you can try it free for 30 days.

Anyway, assuming you're not a Network Magic user then ...

To get started, you'll need two things:

1. Get a free DNS account - I use ZoneEdit. They have great support for dynamic DNS. If you have your own domain registered, ZoneEdit is great. If not, you should look at using a service such as DynDNS (also free).

2. Install a dynamic DNS client - I use DirectUpdate. Although it's not free ($19), it's super easy to use and has a lot of great features not included with other dynamic DNS stacks.

DynDNS has a great setup FAQ which leads you through this step by step. Once you're done, you'll have a publicly accessible DNS name such as mymachine.dyndns.org. You can then use this name with terminal services, web pages, etc.

So, together Brett's setup for remote access to your PC and dynamic DNS, you'll now have a public name to use from wherever you are! Pretty cool...



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