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seanooi
I'm using Windows XP SP2 and I've set up my second computer to allow my friends to connect to it remotely. I use the link http://66.*.*.*:1024/tsweb/Default.htm to connect from my first computer and it worked. But when my friends try to connect to it using the same link the say that the page loads but the connect button can't be clicked. I already forward my port and set the firewall to enable that port but the problem still persist. Can anyone help?
Wrez
why dont u just use....

remote admin Razz

install it Smile

and get it workin Very Happy
seanooi
How do I install it? Or is there a program I would need to download. If so, could you post a link the the site?
Sinisterthief
is that your computer network ip, or is that your internet ip, cause you need to use your internet ip adress and an setting in your router, to forward an port to the computer ip that you want to connect to, (port forwarding settings that is ussually used in routers is VIRTUAL SERVER)
grantmaster
Search for a program called tightVNC on the internet. It's free and easy for remote access to computers on the LAN. Response time is pretty good.

Windows has limitations to how many people can connect to XP and if they can connect over the internet...
riv
There's a free web service called "Log Me In" (sorta like "Go to my PC") that you can use. (at least, it was free the last time I checked) All you need to do is set up an account. (you might have to search around a bit to find the free service) I personally can't test it out as I use a Mac, but I've heard that it's good.

If you are this and have the same question, except you are using a Mac then I reccomend a freeware application called "Chicken of the VNC." It's pretty straightforward, and you can find it here.

Hope this is helpful.
mwm
Jeez, only one of these posts addresses the initial question. If remote connect (RDP) is wanted to be used, I think the internet ip remark is on the right path. You'll have to create a NAT in your firewall/router. It will tell the request of the internet IP to be forwarded to the internal IP of the selected machine. NAT is Network Address Translation and can be used for many such tasks.

I think that the request is getting to the indicated IP address but that IP represents your router/firewall. This IP obviously cannot respond to such requests and has no idea what to do with it...

-mwm
johnjames
Check your IPs and yours PINGs.

Also saw this and thought it might help. The solution is to use Remote Desktop Web Connection, which loads the Remote Desktop client within a browser. The Remote Desktop Web Connection is a perfect solution for connecting to your home or office PC when you can't install the Remote Desktop client software on a computer. By pointing a browser that supports ActiveX controls at a host computer running Windows XP Professional, you can access your remote desktop over the Internet.
Get Your Host Computer Ready

The Remote Desktop feature is only available in Windows XP Professional. It's not included with Windows XP Home Edition. For more information about how Remote Desktop Web Connection works, see About Remote Desktop Web Connection.

The first step in enabling Remote Desktop Web Connection is to install the necessary software on the host computer. Remote Desktop Web Connection is an optional World Wide Web Service component of Internet Information Services (IIS), which is included by default in Windows XP Professional. IIS responds to requests from a Web browser. Have your Windows XP Professional CD handy, and follow these steps:

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Open Control Panel click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components.

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Click Internet Information Services, and then click Details.

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In the Subcomponents of Internet Information Services list, click World Wide Web Service, and then click Details.

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In the Subcomponents of World Wide Web Service list, select the Remote Desktop Web Connection check box, and then click OK.

5.


In the Windows Components Wizard, click Next. Click Finish when the wizard has completed.

6.


Click the Start button and click Run. Type Net Stop w3svc, and click OK. This temporarily stops the World Wide Web service to keep your system safe while you update it with security patches.

Enabling IIS without installing the appropriate security patches can make your system vulnerable to intruders. For more information, read Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-018 and Security and Privacy for Home Users.

To check for updates:

1.


Click Start, point to All Programs, click Microsoft Update, and then click Scan for updates. Follow the prompts to install all critical updates. If prompted, restart your computer.

2.


Click Start, and then click Run. Type Net Start w3svc, and click OK. This starts the World Wide Web service.

I highly recommend using Automatic Updates, especially after installing Internet Information Services.
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Configure Internet Information Services

By default, IIS is identified on your computer by the TCP port number 80. The steps in this section change the TCP port number and make it much more difficult for a potential attacker to communicate with your computer. The steps in this section are optional, but if you do follow them, you'll dramatically improve the security of your system. If you are already using your computer as a Web server, you should leave the TCP port number at the default setting of 80.

1.


Open Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click Administrative Tools. Double-click Internet Information Services.

2.


In the ISS snap-in, expand your computer name, expand Web Sites, right-click Default Web Site, and then click Properties.

3.


On the Web Site tab, change the value for TCP Port. Enter a number between 1000 and 65535 that you can remember easily, such as the month and day of a birthday or anniversary. You'll need to know the TCP Port when you connect to the computer in the future.

4.


Click OK, and close the Internet Information Services snap-in.
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Configure Remote Desktop

To connect using Remote Desktop, you must have a user account with a password. If you don't yet have a password on your account, create a password by opening Control Panel, and clicking User Accounts. Click your account, click Create a password, and follow the prompts. After you have a password, follow these steps to enable Remote Desktop:

1.


Right-click My Computer, and click Properties.

2.


On the Remote tab, click the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Enabling remote desktop

Figure 1: Enabling remote desktop

3.


Click Select Remote Users, and then click Add.

4.


In the Select Users dialog box, type the name of the user and then click OK. Click OK again to return to the System Properties dialog box, and then click OK to close it.
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Configure Your Router

If you use a router to connect to the Internet, you probably need to configure it to allow the Remote Desktop connection to your computer. For more information on routers and firewalls, see my Internet Firewalls column. You need to forward two ports to your Windows XP Professional-based computer: TCP port 3389, which Remote Desktop requires, and the port you specified in the TCP Port field in Internet Information Services (or TCP port 80 if you did not change the default). If you use Internet Connection Firewall (and you should!), see How to Manually Open Ports in Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP for instructions on allowing traffic by TCP port.
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Connect to Your Desktop

Computers are identified on the Internet using a unique IP address. To connect to your home computer from the Internet, you'll need to know your home IP address. Visit one of these sites from your home computer to learn your IP address: What Is My IP, What Is My IP.com, or Atlantic PC Solutions. Your IP address may change occasionally, so always check your IP address before you plan to connect. When you're ready to connect to your host computer, follow these steps:

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Open Internet Explorer, and enter the URL http://ipaddress:port/tsweb/. For example, if your IP address is 192.168.1.120, and you chose the TCP Port 1374, you would enter the URL http://192.168.1.120:1374/tsweb/.

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If you're prompted to install the Remote Desktop ActiveX control, click Yes.

3.


On the Remote Desktop Web Connection page, shown in Figure 2, click Connect. You don't need to fill in the Server field. If you leave the Size field set to Full-screen, the remote desktop will take over your local desktop.
Figure 2: Remote Desktop Web Connection page

Figure 2: Remote Desktop Web Connection page

4.


Enter your user name and password at the Windows logon prompt, as shown in Figure 3, and then click OK. You'll see your desktop, complete with any windows that were left open the last time you used the computer.
Figure 3: The Remote Desktop Web Connection logon screen

Figure 3: The Remote Desktop Web Connection logon screen

When you're done, disconnect by closing the browser, or clicking the X at the top of the screen in full-screen mode. Be sure to close all browser windows. Your user name and password aren't stored, so you don't have to worry about someone else accessing your system.

If you're Internet-savvy and plan to connect to your home computer regularly, you can get a domain name to save yourself the trouble of writing down your IP address every time you plan to connect to your computer. You're already familiar with domain names; they're the ".com" names Web sites use to identify themselves. For example, the domain name for this Web site is Microsoft.com. If you have your own domain name, you can enter that into a browser to connect to your home computer, instead of the unfriendly IP address. For information on getting your own domain name and associating it with your home computer, visit the Dynamic DNS Providers List.

If you have Windows XP Professional and an always-on Internet connection, you can securely access your applications and data from work, an Internet café, or any place that has a compatible Web browser. Getting Remote Desktop Web Connection set up takes more than one click, but it's definitely easier than lugging your computer everywhere.
pccustoms
Try installing BeyondRemote from www.download.com This is a freeware program, very simple to use, and uses very little diskspace.

For the server computer, have BeyondRemote Server running in your background and load on Startup. Also make sure that you setup a password under configuration.

For the server computer, open up port 5424 on your router to send data to your local IP address (usually 192.168.1.__). If you cannot figure how to do this, you can setup DMZ on your router (NOT RECOMMENDED) and set all incoming connections to your WAN IP address to be directed to your local IP address, but using DMZ can make your computer very vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Finally, for the client computer, use the BeyondRemote Client program and simply type in the WAN IP address of the server computer (if you aren't sure, check on the server computer by having it go to www.whatismyip.com) and then enter a name for the connection. Then double click it, enter the password and you are good to go!

THis works easier if the server computer has his firewall setup, or turned off, as well if he doesn't use a password to login to his computer.
mwm
Did you get thjis working?

Remote DEsktop web connection response is an attempt to points/posts if you ask me. Kind of drawn out.

Remote Desktop Web is still using the RDP protocol, just via the web. Same type of connection ultimately and suspect to the same laws
jovemac
I am using win2K professional. Also i have installed remote desktop admin. I am able to connect other pc's. But others are not able to connect to my pc. It needs to be enabled itseems. But its not possible with win2k prof. And its possible in win2k server. I am not clear of this. can some one make me clear about this?
Sunny
@johnjames

When you are copying and pasting stuff from sites make sure you do it in Quote Tags.
longjack
jovemac wrote:
I am using win2K professional. Also i have installed remote desktop admin. I am able to connect other pc's. But others are not able to connect to my pc. It needs to be enabled itseems. But its not possible with win2k prof. And its possible in win2k server. I am not clear of this. can some one make me clear about this?


Being a Remote Desktop Server (Having people login to your machine from somewhere else) doesn't work in W2K or XP Home. You may read about workarounds, but I've never gotten them to work.

XP Pro and W2K3 Server can be logged onto remotely via Remote Desktop Connection.

The web browser solution requires IIS. W2K runs only IIS 5, I think, but even that's a lot of overhead to just allow someone to log on, IMHO.

VNC, as a poster mentioned earlier, is a lightweight and elegant solution. It's free as well.

Run the VNC server on your W2K box and your friend runs the client on theirs. VNC is platform independent, so a Mac can log onto to a windows or Linux machine and vice versa.

The software, of course, is platform specific when you go to install it, the results aren't.

Port 5900 TCP has to be forwarded through a firewall for VNC.

HTH

longjack
adlamb
in answer to your original question. I had the same problem where the connect button would not let me click it. I had to download something but because i was using firefox, it automatically blocked the auto download. If this is the case, internet explorer will allow the auto download required. This worked for me.
Natrualkiller
you can use remote desktop connection already installed on windows xp just goto accesories
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