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Can anyone please recommend me the best program for remote access to my PC from anywhere? I often find myself needing things on my PC while I'm off somewhere using my laptop. I've done a little bit of researching, but don't really know what it is I'm looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Remote Desktop. It comes with the OS and is thus free for you. Use dyndns to give yourself a host name so you don't have to have your IP with you all the time.
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I could never get remote desktop to work, routers where a problem i think
that and now i have the vista home thinger, which sux grr, is there a way to do this TO a vista home machine FROM a ubuntu 8.04 comp? I have ubuntu installed havent used it tho cant get the wireless to work on my dell lappy
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Can anyone please recommend me the best program for remote access to my PC from anywhere? I often find myself needing things on my PC while I'm off somewhere using my laptop. I've done a little bit of researching, but don't really know what it is I'm looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Depends on what you're trying to do really. If you're not crazy worried about security, RDP works great and is very easy to setup.

If you're looking for something more secure with encryption you'd want to setup VPN so that you can "tunnel" over an encrypted connection.

Both way's you'll want to setup dyndns (as heretic suggested) if you're on a dynamic IP service (cable or standard DSL) to make things easier on yourself.
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I could never get remote desktop to work, routers where a problem i think
that and in vista for this
http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/...age%7B0%7D.png
I dont have that bottom half selection, theres just nothing there
Remote desktop (the server, not the client) doesn't come with the home versions of Vista. You need at least the Business version to get the server.
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Thanks for the help. I created a hostname, but it doesnt want to connect...
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Thanks for the help. I created a hostname, but it doesnt want to connect...
ummm..... what???



What're you trying to use??? RDP?
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Have you opened the ports for remote desktop on the router (default is 3389)?
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ummm..... what???



What're you trying to use??? RDP?
Yeah, sorry. I posted the comment before all the other info was posted :/. Ok, so i went to DynDNS and created a host name for the computer. I then went to my laptop, and opened Remote Desktop Connection. I typed in the host name and nothing. Clearly there is more to it. You'll have to forgive me, as networking, and anything really internet related is the weakpoint in my IT knowledge.

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https://secure.logmein.com/home.asp?lang=en

Free. browser based.
Yeah, I've tried that, but wasn't too thrilled with it. Thought I'd explore other options.
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