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I'd like to use my laptop remote desktop into my desktop. What's the best way to do this?

Just Windows RDP? What about my IP address at home being changed by my ISP? Should I use DynDNS?

Or is it worth paying the extra money for a commercial RDP solution like LapLink?

Note: My laptop runs XP and my desktop Win 7.

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you can use DynDNS or go for Teamviewer, then it doesn't matter when your IP changes.

Install Teamviewer Host as a service on your home computer, use Teamviewer Portable to connect to your computer at home from anywhere.

Teamviewer is free for personal use.

easy to use (literally no configuration required), very fast and excellent quality.

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TightVNC! It comes with a server and a viewer. Just launch the server on the desktop and the viewer on the laptop. I'm pretty sure that your IP being changed will have any effect.

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Is that true? TightVNC does not care if your ip address is changed? –  Leonard Woody Dec 30 '09 at 18:49
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no, you'll need DynDNS or a static IP for TightVNC ... or RealVNC ... or UltraVNC –  Molly7244 Dec 30 '09 at 18:53
    
Do the various VNC server/clients still need an SSH tunnel to secure the traffic? –  pcapademic Dec 30 '09 at 19:47
    
my ISP changes my IP every month and I seem to have no problems –  David Dec 30 '09 at 21:18
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