I am opening a office with a few computers

  Giggle n' Bits 22:28 28 Sep 2005

I work from home and have my computer here which is full of all my work related Databases etc.

I want to be able to have the office machines about 5 - 8 miles away in town able to access my home machine by my employee's

Can or does anyone know how I would go around this, I take it networking is not the soloution, is it WAN ? or what do I need to ask someone to do for me please.

  Tim1964 23:02 28 Sep 2005

Do you have broadband at home and at the office?

I've tried Mywebexpc from click here it's free and you can access any PC with the software on it from any PC with a net connection.

Others may suggest using XP's remote desktop but as I use win98 I don't know anything about it.

  Skills 23:11 28 Sep 2005

Another free one that I read about this week is Logmein by 3AM Labs. I've not used it myself but it can be found here click here

Don't forget about security.

  Stuartli 23:18 28 Sep 2005

RealVNC is the one I use when required and it's also on my best mate's business system:

click here

  Stuartli 23:22 28 Sep 2005

My best mate's system runs Windows 98SE.

There's also Remote Assistance in XP Pro (not sure if it can be used with Home, but would think it very likely).

  keith-236785 07:56 29 Sep 2005

Stuartli's suggestion is also used by our IT department so they can "dial in" from home, saves them coming out at 3am lol. this is free and is used to to take control of the other pc, all you need is the ip address and the password.

then from your home, you could browse your works pc, make changes, pretty much do anything you want. control is a little slow but its quicker than going 5 or 6 miles and back. of course it means leaving the pc's on all the time and having internet access available all the time (broadband) or (maybe "wake on lan", or token ring) for dial up modems.

  Graham ® 08:40 29 Sep 2005

Remote Assistance does work on XP Home, but it needs someone on the remote computer to Request it!

  Stuartli 10:04 29 Sep 2005

The reason why my best mate's business system has RealVNC installed is so that my son, an IT support specialist, can immediately sort out any serious problems even whilst he is at work some 35 miles away.

The offspring can use anything from his PDA to a full system to link up via RealVNC and quickly sort out a solution.

It's only been necessary on a couple of occasions over the years as I usually get things going again, but it's a very useful support backup.

  Stuartli 10:05 29 Sep 2005

Another one is, of course, LapLink, but unless you can find an older version it will cost quite a bit.

  Stuartli 10:08 29 Sep 2005

One thing that has struck me is that some insurance companies take a dim view of computer systems, retail shop television set displays and similar being left on unattended overnight and refuse cover.

You may need to clarify this if you wish to work from home after your office has been closed for the day.

  Yoda Knight 10:10 29 Sep 2005

In a word: VPN

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