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matsta31 September 16, 2008 07:23 PM

Wired home network

I will have a second computer soon, I will use it to record tv shows and to feed my tv whenever I want it.

I'd like too be able to access the second computer with my current rig and acces internet with the second rig. The way I'd like it to work it that I could acces the second computer desktop on my current rig, a bit like the tech support at the office who are able to connect to my computer remotely to troubleshoot.

- I was wondering what type of program I could use or if it is possible ?
- My second rig would be running XP while the other one will be running vista
64. Is this possible or shoud I run vista 32 opn the new computer ?
- Since iD like the scond computer to be able to access internet (it will be
folding ) and they will be close enough for me to hard wire it to the modem
cable, should I look to buy a ethernet hub, router ?

yamawho September 16, 2008 07:41 PM

I think you are referring to remote desktop.

As far as XP is concerned, the system you want to access remotely needs to be running XP Pro as home does not support this. You also need to have a login password on this system for it to work. Also, make sure that both systems are in the same workgroup.

As for Vista, just check to see if the version you want to use supports it.

Yes, best buy a router.

matsta31 September 16, 2008 07:46 PM


this means both computer will need to run the same operating system ?

yamawho September 16, 2008 07:50 PM


Originally Posted by matsta31 (Post 89901)

this means both computer will need to run the same operating system ?


Systems on the network can be running XP, Vista, Win 2000, Win 98, Linux ... whatever.
It's the remote desktop option that needs to be supported by the OS.

Dwayne September 16, 2008 07:51 PM

Remote assistant runs on XP home and Pro. I remember using it a few years back with a friend across the country, a great tool!

Using Remote Assistance to Get Help When You Need It

I am pretty sure that you can use Vista to help an XP box, I seem to remember doing that too.

JD September 17, 2008 05:41 AM

There's also a ton of VNC programs out there too...

I find VNC is faster than Remote Desktop but the choice is yours.

matsta31 September 17, 2008 08:12 AM

VNC sounds good too. Got any sotfware suggestion so I can look ? The cheaper the better :thumb:

Also, my needs will be to connect my cable modem to somekind of router or hub that could then connect the two computer to internet and permit them to communicate together over VNC or remote desktop. Got any suggestion of hardware I could use ? Links appreciated.


miggs78 September 17, 2008 08:22 AM

Tight VNC, though I've only used it twice, both times under somebody's instructions, it is very easy to use, connects faster. And its FREE!!

matsta31 September 17, 2008 10:03 AM

Other question !

My mobo, Asus Maximus has 2 ethernet lan connection.

So correct me if I am wrong, but it seems I could just put a lan cable from my second lan connection to the second computer ? This way, my two computers would be link togheter and I could use VNC to access the secong computer desktop (it will have no screen plugged in).

My only concern is that I will be letting this second computer crunching with boinc, and I need it to have access to internet to send the completed task. But it will never be directly plugged to my modem cable.

So Am I better off with a network switch or this could work ?

miggs78 September 17, 2008 10:46 AM

I'm just trying to wonder if he buys a ethernet crossover cable instead of a regular ethernet lan cable, he should be able to access the other computer..

Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but isn't a network switch just used for mutiple ip addresses. What if he uses a router and sets up an internal workgroup, at least he can access all folders, from both computer to each other, and he should be able to use VNC on the workgroup to connect to the other pc via an ip address.

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