Ever wondered how nice it would be to connect with the powered computer at home and look up some files when needed? Or just check on the downloads?
Lets look at the things we have to set up to get this work.
DHCP handling is done by the router, with the given username and password (PPPoE connection is used). I am using the default IP address of the router, which –in most cases- is, 192.168.1.1 but with a modified subnet mask, 255.255.255.128! This will be important later on.
To reach my computer through the router i have to specify a static IP address to the desktop workstation, because i am going to use this address in the router configurations to establish a solid and functioning connection between the two. As you can see my static computer ip 192.168.1.100 and my subnet mask is the same i used in the router configuration, 255.255.255.128!
Also, as gateway(and preferred dns server) i am using the router’s ip address, which is 192.168.1.1 to establish the functioning internet connection.
Now i also have to enable this checked option here, to let me able to connect with the remote desktop service.
We have working internet, and we have enabled other users to remotely connect us when using remote desktop service. Will they be able to do so? Will i be able to connect to my computer from work or from another workstation? Not yet.
Apart from some security things, we simply still cannot “dial” our computer or our router from the internet. The router uses different IP addresses every now and then and it is very difficult to track these addresses from the outside. But we need this information to be able to build the connection. So what to do?
Head to dyndns.com and register(free!). Set up a DNS service , type in the host name you want, and select 'Host with IP address' under service type. Also click 'Use Auto Detected IP Address xxx.xxx.xxx' to assign your IP now.
After all your information has been entered, select 'Create Host'. This should now take you to a list of your Dynamic DNS hostnames. If you want to add more, just click 'Add New Hostname' in the upper right hand corner of the page. Your hostname is now set up! Now lets assign it to your computer.
We will use our new hostname for remote desktop dialing, because this hostservice will always “know” our current IP address.
Just a few more things, so bear with me:)
Head over to portforwarding and set up a port for the ddns service to be able build a connection with. I am using port 3389. So when im gonna “dial” my computer via remote desktop, im gonna use the address “myip.homeip.net:3389” instead of any ip addresses of my computer (which are different every time just as we mentioned).
Last thing to do, specify a password on my user account. This will be needed for security reasons when connecting with remote desktop.
Now start up the remote desktop service from another internet connected computer, and enjoy remotely managing everything on your home workstation with ease and with relative safety!
Next time i will be posting on how to power up our computer remotely.