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How to Setup Permanent Remote Desktop Access to Your PC For Free – Entreprenuers Guide

Remote Desktop is a great feature of Windows which lets you remotely control your desktop from a remote location. Many IT professionals and users utilize this free feature in Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Remote desktop is a huge time saver because you do not have to physically be at the computer workstation to control the computer. Basically, this article will go over how to enable Remote Desktop as well as how to use DynDNS.com’s services to automatically update a chosen host name with the remote PC’s IP address. The end result: you’ll never have to remember the IP address again.

Enabling Remote Desktop on a Windows PC is fairly straightforward.

For Windows 2000/XP:

  1. Right click on “My Computer” and choose “Properties”
  2. Go to the “Remote” tab
  3. Check the box that says “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer”
  4. Click “OK” at the bottom of the window.

For Windows Vista:

  1. Right click on “My Computer” and choose “Properties”
  2. Click on “Remote settings” in the left “Tasks” menu
  3. Choose the radio button which says “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)”
  4. Click “OK” at the bottom of the window.

The last step is to figure out what IP address the remote PC has. If you’re connected directly to your modem and not using a router, you can view your IP address by going to http://www.whatismyip.com. If you have a router, you will have to log in to your router to view the IP address. You will also have to forward port 3389 to the PC you wish to remotely connect to. Since there are many, many routers out there, you will have to consult your router’s manual or website for instructions on how to do the latter.

To connect to your remote PC, you will need to use the Remote Desktop Connection program. This is typically found in Start -> Programs -> Accessories. Once the program has opened, enter in the IP address of the remote PC which was described in the paragraph above. Click on “Connect” and it should connect you to your remote desktop enabled PC. If it asks you for a user name and password, use the credentials you usually use when you log on to your PC.

However, the problem that most residential users run into is with their dynamic IP address. Most residential internet connections are assigned a dynamic IP address which can change over time. This means that every time your IP address changes, you will have to use that new IP address to access your remote computer.

Why is that bad? Well, if you have your old IP address and are unaware of the new IP address, connecting to your remote PC would be impossible.

DynDNS.com solves this problem by letting you choose a free host name to use and associate with your dynamic IP address. Using DynDNS.com, you can create a host name, such as “myipaddress.home-ip.net” and assign that name to point to your IP address. Now you only have to enter “myipaddress.home-ip.net” in the Remote Desktop Connection program instead of the IP address.

Then, using the DynDNS updater utility, you can automatically update DynDNS.com with your new IP address (if it changes). Therefore, you only have to remember the “myipaddress.home-ip.net” address instead of the numerical IP address (e.g. 74.123.124.83). You also will never have to worry about your IP address changing because the dyn-dns updater utility will automatically update your host name with your new IP address. The updater utility is available on DynDNS.com and I would highly recommend to use the utility to update your host name with IP address changes.

If you setup a host name with DynDNS, you will never have to remember your home IP address again. The updater utility takes care of the times when your IP address changes and updates your host name with the new address. Therefore, using only your host name such as “myipaddress.home-ip.net”, you can connect to a Remote Desktop enabled PC even if you don’t know the IP address. This process has been working for me for over a year with no problems at all.

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