by September 6, 2005 0 comments

There are quite a few mechanisms available that let you access remote machines over the Internet. Some of these mechanisms are VPN, VNC and RDS (Remote Desktop Sharing). But for all of these mechanisms to work, you need to assign a public IP to the machine you want to access over the Internet. 

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Hit!
Applies to: Remote workers
USP: Securely connect to your office PC remotely without the need of a public IP
Primary link:
http://logmein.com
Google keywords:
LogMeIn, ‘Reverse + VPN’ 
On PCQEssential CD: logmein.exe (3.81 MB)

For a machine sitting on a LAN that gets its IP from a local DHCP server, this is not really possible. Or is it? In this article, we’ll use a software that lets you do this with full security. The software is called LogMeIn and is available in two versions. One is the paid version which has some additional features and the other is the free versionhaving just the Remote Desktop Sharing feature. Here, we’ll set up this software, to access from the Internet, a PC sitting on a LAN. The only requirement is that the PC must have a Web browser that supports Java. 

Go to the website https://secure.logmein.com. Here at the bottom right corner you will see a login button. In this box, keep the fields empty and click on the ‘Log Me In’ button On this page go to the ‘Create New Users’ box. Enter a valid e-mail address and a password for your authentication. This password will be your authorization key 
Login to the website of Log Me In and click on ‘Add Computer’ to add machines you want to access remotely Click on the button for the download process and install the agent for Log Me In. This will start a wizard 
While following the installer, you will see this screen. Here, enter a password. This password will also be asked, while connecting to this computer from a remote machine Here, provide the exact e-mail address and password that you have given while registering with the website. Then keep hitting the Next button until the installation is over
To access a PC from any device on any network, login to https://logmein.com with your e-mail ID and password Selecting any online computer will open up a window like this. Enter the password you created in Step 5
On this screen select the ‘Remote Access’ option and click on Go
Secure 256-bit SSL connection established with the remote PC. You’ll see the desktop on top of your Web browser

Anindya Roy

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