To access your desktop
remotely from a Windows XP client, or any other Windows system with the Remote
desktop client installed, go to Start/programs/accessories/communications/remote
To connect with your remote
desktop, enter your home computer's IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) and click
'connect' (note: to find the external IP address of your home system, go to
start/run and type 'cmd' to bring up the command prompt, then type 'ipconfig').
You will be prompted for a username and password, and then gain full access to
the desktop of your home PC.
In full screen mode (the
default) the yellow taskbar along the top of the screen allows you to minimize
the window of the display.
To take full advantage of the XP client's capabilities, go to
the 'options' menu. Using the 'local resources' and 'experience'
tabs here, you can fine-tune the capabilities of the remote connection.
The 'local resources' tab allows you to define
which resources you will have access to over the remote connection. For example,
you can define whether the client computers drives are available to the remote
computer, as well as local printers, and if you wish to hear audio from the
remote computer. The 'disc drives' and 'printers' check boxes enable access to
local drives and printers respectively, while the 'remote computer sound' drop
down box allows you to define sound options.
The 'experience' tab deals with how much of
the remote desktop's environment is brought over to the client