Home networking and Remote Access

Micro-star international / Pe neo587 motherboard
January 23, 2009 at 05:18:44
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P3 512Ram
Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I hope that somebody can help me. Basically what I have is a Desktop 2.4Ghz P3 computer running XP Pro,Toshiba Notebook running Vista, and a PS3. They all connect through a Linksys WRT54GS Router. I basically want to run the desktop as a file and media server as this is basically a storage computer. What I want to be able to do is control the desktop from the laptop and be able to use the media that is there without having to transfer the files to the laptop, I would also like to be able to use this media from work or anywhere outside the home network. I would like to do this without installing remote desktop software(ie LogMeIn). I like the way that TS Gateways are setup as in being able to decide what is shared or not and seeing the shared folders in My Computer as "My Music on Home_Office". The overall goal is to be able to hide the desktop comp away as just a box(no monitor, just a printer attached to network print to, no keyboard or mouse). Should I set the desktop up as a webserver,ftp server, server 2008. Maybe I am over complicating a simple thing. I would just like some recomnedations on where to start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.


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January 23, 2009 at 05:51:47
What I want to be able to do is control the desktop from the laptop and be able to use the media that is there without having to transfer the files to the laptop,

Remote Desktop Connection

You can find it in:

Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> Communications

I would recommend you read up on using it. There's plenty of info available on the web if you google it.

would also like to be able to use this media from work or anywhere outside the home network.

You would have to forward port 3389 (RDC port) on your router and point the forward at the IP address of the PC on your LAN you want to connect with.

You would need to know the external (internet) IP address of your network. You can find that out by going to the "What's my IP" website while on one of your home PC's. It's worth noting that, if you have your IP assigned by DHCP (from your provider) it can change.

The overall goal is to be able to hide the desktop comp away as just a box(no monitor, just a printer attached to network print to, no keyboard or mouse). Should I set the desktop up as a webserver,ftp server, server 2008.

You could easily do this with XP Pro. Basically, all you want is a PC to store files on and this will do the trick quite nicely.


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