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If you have Windows XP Professional at home then you already have this feature! It's called "Remote Desktop".
Read on, and I'll give you step-by-step instructions on how to enable it for your home network.
How to enable Remote DesktopTo enable Remote Desktop on a PC in your home network, simply do this:
1. Go to Control Panel | System and select the "Remote" tab
2. Make sure the Remote Desktop check box is selected
3. If you are an admin on the machine then you already have access. Just make sure you have a nice strong password that no hacker can guess.
4. Go to you router and open Port 3389 (TCP) and map it to the local IP-Address of the machine you want to access.
Note: you may need to use either a static IP-Address or ensure your router always gives your home PC the same internal IP-Address by using a reserved range in your DHCP settings. Otherwise it can sometimes change when you reboot.
You should be all set. Your configuration is complete.
How to connect from workTo connect to your home computer from work (or a friends house) go to Programs | Accessories | Communications and choose "Remote Desktop".
Now you just need to know your WAN IP-Address to get access... but have no fear - if you have configured the Network Magic Net2Go feature, then we will automatically keep a mapping for you.
You can simply use [yourhostname].home.net2go.com to always find your home network.
Click Connect and you're looking at your home desktop!