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January 9, 2014 7:03:00 AM

Hello people, I've reached the end of my proverbial rope of knowledge on this project. I've been trying to figure out a way to access my home computer from my work computer. I tried using MS Remote Desktop but I can't figure out how to find my work computer since it's not listed on the computers list. I've done some reading about VPN's and such, but I'm so confused now. All I want to do is access my personal files (work related of course) at work on my pc. I've tried several Google searches on the topic and found most "beginner" guides completely useless due to their above my knowledge base depth.
Does anybody on here know how I can do this, hopefully without installing new software on either computer since my IT guy is a bit of a pain to deal with. I'm sure I could get him to confirm the software but, I just prefer not to deal with him and the associated paper work in requesting new software. Also, preferably freeware if I can't use MS Remote Desktop for this project.
Here are some rough specs, for the two computers involved in this project:

Home PC
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Hardline access to the internet via ISP supplied router
5mbps connection speed

Work PC
Windows 7 Premium 64-bit
Wireless access to the internet via ISP supplied router and satellite dish
Allegedly 10mbps connection speed

Please help, I'm lost and confused and my IT is again a huge pain.
January 9, 2014 7:10:05 AM

For a nice, quick, snappy solution, get Teamviewer.

You can set up your home PC as an "Access only" PC, so it would essentially allow you to connect through as long as you have the correct user ID and password (for the Teamviewer account running on your home PC).

The big plus for you is that it's free! It says you should pay for the business license but if you don't tell anyone, I wont! Any questions just fire a message or ask on here.
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January 9, 2014 7:19:07 AM

Your home computer needs to be set up to allow remote access.
Your firewall needs to be set up to allow remote control over a specific port.
You need to know your computer's external IP Address.

Windows Remote Desktop should work at this point: mstsc /v:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:yyyyy
The x's represent your computer's external IP Address.
The y's represent the port number you set up through your firewall.

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