Originally Posted by newparad1gm
You could use Window's built-in Remote Desktop to connect to their computers, but unfortunately that requires their computers to have Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate, Windows Vista Business/Ult, or WinXP Pro. Only the host requires this though, Win7 HP can connect as a remote desktop client. There are hacks out there that enable Windows 7 Home Premium computers to be the remote desktop host though, but I'm not sure how much tomfoolery that requires.
You could also check out TeamViewer: http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx
or UltraVNC: http://www.uvnc.com/
I'm running 7 Ultimate and my folk's computer has 7 Pro on it. And the built-in Remote Desktop is what I was referring to. I just don't know how to connect to their rig. Like I said, can do it over a LAN- but over an internet connection not too sure how to go about that.
Originally Posted by Rigel4
Remote desktop will only work if you have the following conditions:
1. Their router has a fixed IP
2. Their router supports port forwarding. the default port is 3389
3. Their router supports VPN'S
if you have not met these conditions the cheapest remote software i know about is "Remote PC".
$4.95 per month
requires user interaction on remote pc though
Hmm... I actually set them up with their entire setup- computer (built it for them), home network, file/printer sharing, etc... but can't recall what router they have. I'll see if I can figure that out. Would probably be a good first step.
Now what about their modem or ISP- wont that have a part to play in this?
Oh and thanks ya'll for the help. Really liking Logmein but if I can do the same thing for free- why not?