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Posted 03 December 2007 - 03:54 PM
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:07 PM
Let me clarify
Hi there Mirabella, welcome to BC!
Let me go over what I think you're asking, so that we're all on the same page.
Your ISP has a computer at their office, we'll call it the host computer. This computer has been assigned for your personal use.
You either have a laptop or plan on using public computers. We'll call these computers the client computer.
What you want to do is set up a system wherein you're out on the road, having a good time, miles, or continents, away from your ISP's office and the Host Computer. You haul out your client computer, log onto the internet, and (through methods to be determined) are able to log on to the host computer and interact with it as though it were right in front of you (i.e. a desktop, start menu, programs, etc. all running on the host computer but shown on the client computer).
Am I warm?
If I am, then I think you may be indeed skirting the shoals of overkill.
There are very many programs and systems that will allow you to use a computer remotely. Many of them even let you see and use the remote computer's desktop and interface.
Windows XP Professional has a built-in program called Remote Assistance. It was designed to allow a technician to fix your computer remotely. The major drawback is that there needs to be someone sitting at the remote computer to click the "OK" buttons to allow access. So that's out.
Another program is called GoToMyPC. I've never used it personally, so I'm not sure how good it is; but it's pretty popular from what I understand.
Yet another option may be Windows XP Professional's built-in Remote Desktop feature. However, you'll need to have some significant IT infrastructure in place to set it up (Remote Desktop Requirements)
And yet another option is using one of the flavors of VNC. VNC, or Virtual Network Computing comes in freeware, commercial, and industrial strength versions built by different groups and companies. A Google Search should be very enlightening as to the varieties available.
I'm curious, though. Does your ISP offer this service? If it does, you may want to use it so that you won't be hassled by setting it all up yourself, plus you'd likely get support included. If they don't, then one of the above programs may be what you're looking for.
Unfortunately, I'm not a networking guru and haven't used most of these programs. you may want to consider PMing a moderator or admin to move this topic into the Networking forum where all our resident network nuts hang out. Doubtless, they can help you more than I!
Posted 27 December 2007 - 08:54 PM
Edited by Davey C, 27 December 2007 - 08:55 PM.
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