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Home Networking: The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe

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Using GoToMyPC

GoToMyPC (www.gotomypc.com) lets you remotely access one Windows computer from any other computer using nothing more than a standard Web browser. You can take the reins of any Windows computer using GoToMyPC. That's the good news. The bad news…it isn't free.

Using GoToMyPC, you can control a single PC from afar for $19.95 a month—or $179.40, if you prepay for a full year. Controlling additional PCs costs more, but not an additional $19.95 a month. GoToMyPC only charges you for each host PC you set up. You're free to access your host PC from as many different remote PCs that you like. (Pop back to Section 9.1 for a quick refresher on the difference between host and remote PCs.)

Tip

If you're not sure that GoToMyPC is worth it, you can sign up for a 30-day trial that lets you test drive the service. There's a sneaky little catch to this "30-day" business, though: the total amount of time you can actually use the trial service is 60 minutes, and that 60 minutes runs out after just 30 days. It's not the most generous demo offer in the world, but at least you'll get an idea of what you can do with GoToMyPC.

Getting started with GoToMyPC involves a few steps, none of which are particularly complicated. First, you need to create an account at GoToMyPC.com. Then you need to download and install a special program on your host PC. Finally, from the remote computer, you need to download another program that lets you control the host PC. The next few sections explain everything ...

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