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Remote desktop in XP Pro ? Alternate DNS server ?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by doj, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. doj

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    I want to log onto a friends computer with the remote desktop in XP Pro. I have had a practice on my own local network to see if all went ok and it did. I logged on with IP address, user name and password. How can i get my friend to give me his ip as i a bit confused at this point. Do i use something like this http://www.ipaddresslocation.org/ which will read his IP then he gives it to me. Just not sure as doest his ISP change his IP now and again ? I know his PC connects by a router
    Scroll down half way on that page and it says
    My IP Address
    XX.XX.XX.XXX
    Also when setting up a static IP you need preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server. The preferred DNS server i can get but where do you get the Alternate DNS server, is it something to do with your router
    Thanks for you time DOJ
     
  2. avisitor

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    Well, you can either have your friend set up Dynamic DNS (each word is a link to a different provider)

    Or, like you said, have your friend read you his IP. (I prefer www.whatismyip.org)
     
  3. jdean

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    You'll probably need to configure the router. For this reason, I would not recommend remote desktop. There are a number of services, some of which are free, that will eliminate the router/firewall issue, for example, http://www.crossloop.com/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamachi

    These services use VNC (which in my opinion isn't quite as nice as remote desktop) but the ease of configurability makes it worth it.
     
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