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Chapter 20. The Ten-Step Commute > Getting Started with the Right Remote Access

Getting Started with the Right Remote Access

With all of the remote access options available, it may be daunting to choose just one. Before you make your purchase, you'll need to take into account several factors. You'll need to have a good grasp of how you'll use the technology, what hardware or additional software it requires, how much you can afford, and how much configuration you want to do. You'll want to avoid the trap of buying software or hardware you can't use because it's not right for your needs or too difficult to configure.

What Hardware and Software Do You Have?

The remote access technology you choose depends in large part on the hardware and software you currently have. If you need to connect to a Linux server, your choices are more limited than if you are connecting to your desktop computer running Windows 2000. If you are unsure what type of computer you'll be using to access your computer back at the office, you might select a Web browser-based remote control product, such as GoToMyPC (www.gotomypc.com). These products allow you to connect to your office computer from most Internet-connected Web browsers and are often not dependent on a particular operating system.


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