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Ok guys so i will be getting a new laptop on tuesday and i was wondering how do i do the whole VPN thing. I've seen pbpenguins412 describe that you can use the included windows VPN to do it

Quote:
Start->Network Connections->Create a new Connection->VPN->VPN->Enter network name->enter Computer name->enter username and password->hit connect!
How does that actually work? Do i do that on my home machine and on my laptop or just my laptop and not home machine or both

How will it look? Will it be like a window pops up sort of like a VM window allowing me access to my home files and folders and allowing me to drag and drop stuff.

Also will i be connecting to the internet through my HOME connection rather than the connection at starbucks for example? So it will be SSL?

Also what exackly is Logmein and how does that work compared to my needs?
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Get hamachi and TightVNC.

EDIT: Well, nevermind. I guess LogMeIn bought Hamachi out or something because LogMeIn used to be optional with it.

I have used Hamachi in the past and it was nice. I can't speak for it's newer versions though because apparently they have been through a major overhaul or something.
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I would love to learn how to do this.
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Will they be in the same network? if not that you have to get Hamachi to create a virtual LAN and then connect with it.
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Also, if you have a static IP address at your house and a router, then you could forward port 3389 I think and just use Remote Desktop, or port 5000 and use TightVNC.

I like TightVNC because it has a file transfer and a lot of options too that come along with it. I don't know about what RDC has done in vista, because I haven't used it.
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Also, if you have a static IP address at your house and a router, then you could forward port 3389 I think and just use Remote Desktop, or port 5000 and use TightVNC.

I like TightVNC because it has a file transfer and a lot of options too that come along with it. I don't know about what RDC has done in vista, because I haven't used it.

I think i'm going to do the maximum pc aproach. I know most of you guys are maximum pc subscribers so go the the FEB 2008 issue. I took these scanned images to show you guys what i have decided and to ask a few questions





Section 1 "create a virtual network"

Second to last paragraph "installing the client itself is simple. Once you've finished running the exe follow the onscreen directions to create your first pasword protected newtork"

.Should i do the initial name creative on my house rig "aka host, i think?"
or on the laptop?
. When it says "you need hte host machine's IP address." should i just go
to whatismyip.com since i'm using a static ip, will that give the correct
one?

Section 2 "install UltraVNC

.Do i install it on both computers or just the laptop?

."you'll see an icon in the lower-right corner of your taskbar when
UltraVNC running. Right click and select administrive properties"

Should i do the administrative properties thing on both the host
machine "house rig" and the laptop" Should they BOTH have the
exact same config of software on both machines?

. "If you're accessing a computer location in a public location, you can prevent local users from disabeling VNC connection. You can also turn off a local users ability to type move the mouse or even edit settings"

When they say public location do they mean a library or starbucks?
when they say local user do they mean the laptop user or the
host machine aka home rig?



Section 3 Get connected

. "look at the window and copy the IP address of the machine you're
connecting to into the ULTRAVNC viewer window"

is that the host machine aka house rig?

And i'm guessing i have to port forward http://www.portforward.com/english/r...4/UltraVNC.htm


On the host machine i install VNC SERVER and on the Laptop i instal Viewer? Is this right



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post #7 of 16
That, in general, is pretty much what I suggested. I guess I did not word it correctly for you to understand it that way.

I have never heard of UltraVNC. It must be a similar program. Whatever works!

You want the VNC server to be on the host computer (the one at home) and the viewer to be on the client computer (your laptop).
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Do you want to remote desktop your main pc or just access files? Cause if you just want to access files you don't need to deal with VNC at all, just VPN using hamachi and then join a share folder on your main PC.

I try to avoid using hamachi, it works great never had problems. But it screws with your computer's networks and such. I would setup a VPN the traditional way, but you would have to remember your IP, or setup DDNS. Which I can help with if you really want to.
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Do you want to remote desktop your main pc or just access files? Cause if you just want to access files you don't need to deal with VNC at all, just VPN using hamachi and then join a share folder on your main PC.

I try to avoid using hamachi, it works great never had problems. But it screws with your computer's networks and such. I would setup a VPN the traditional way, but you would have to remember your IP, or setup DDNS. Which I can help with if you really want to.
What do you mean dyndns settings? I've heard of that is it the same thing as opendns which i have running. Honestly i don't really care about sharring files i guess it would be a bonus but it is not a priority. All i really want is to be able to just go through my home network to the interwebz instead of using the wi-fi hotspot in starbucks for example for security reasons. So would that be just VPN.

Or could i use LOG ME IN free edition to do that

https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/features.asp



tell me if i'm missing something

So if i use logmein it's like a VPN if i'm at starbucks and i'm vpn'in "log me in'n" into home computer i am safe from packet sniffers?

UPDATE:I think i'm going to use Logmein free edition and i will post back on WED to say the progress. Because i get my laptop on tuesday
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Yeah you should be, and I couldn't imagine you doing something so terribly needy of security at starbucks. Go home and do your online banking.

You could set up a secure FTP connection if it is for files.
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