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Chapter 18. Working Remotely

18. Working Remotely

Windows gives you several ways to connect to a computer remotely. If you’re a business traveler on the road or a late sleeper working from home, for example, you can dial in from your laptop or home PC (the local computer) to the unattended, distant machine (the remote computer or host computer) in your office to access its files and resources. In this chapter, you’ll learn three preferred remote-access techniques:

  • Traditional direct dialing connects to a faraway PC via phone lines, probably racking up monstrous toll charges.

  • Virtual private networking (VPN) lets you connect to a PC or network via the internet, thus avoiding long-distance charges.

  • Remote Desktop lets you control an XP Pro-using remote computer, whose desktop appears on your local PC’s screen just as though you were sitting at the remote PC’s keyboard.


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