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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

    doj Thread Starter

    Mar 13, 2006
    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
    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


    Jul 12, 2008
    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


    Jan 20, 2002
    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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