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21.1. Remote Access Basics

The two most common scenarios for using these remote access features are (a) dialing your home PC using a laptop and (b) dialing into your office network from your PC at home. To help you keep the roles of these various computers straight, the computer industry has done you the favor of introducing specialized terminology—and learning these terms now will help keep your brain from tying itself in knots:

  • The host computer is the home-base computer—the one that's sitting there, waiting for you to connect to it. It could be your office computer (you'll dial into it from home), or your home computer (you'll dial into it from your laptop on the road).

  • The remote computer is the one that will do the dialing: your laptop on the road, for example, or your home machine when you tap into the office network.


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