Can I remotely access a computer on a DSL line?

Question

If I put a DSL line in at home, could I connect to it by modem and access the internet through this dial-up server connection. I have software to start-up/shut-down the computer automatically by modem, so I need to know the network ins & outs to access the DSL line remotely.

Answer

This question was answered on March 28, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You can connect to any Internet connected computer regardless of the method of connection as long as you know the IP (Internet Protocol) address for the host computer (the one you want to connect to) and you have a remote access program such as PC Anywhere, Close-up, Reachout, etc You would load the host program on the host computer then activate it to allow access via the Internet Make sure to incorporate usernames and passwords when doing this for security purposes Your IP address will not necessarily be the same every time that you connect depending upon your ISP If your ISP uses dynamic addressing (randomly assigned IP address every time that you connect) you will need to run "winipcfg" from the Run menu of Windows in order to see what your current assigned IP address is If it is the same every time that you connect you have what is known as a "static" IP address which is the most desirable for remote access Be sure to inquire with your DSL provider as to any technical problems that might not allow remote access.

As far as using your auto start/shutdown device, it only works with an actual phone signal DSL uses a different method of communication, so the chances of it working are slim to none.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on March 28, 2000