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Remote Control Your DHCP Connected Laptop from Your iPad
Authored by: Mac Berry on Feb 15, '11 07:52:34AM

OK thanks, makes sense.

I have no experience of WAN's! For me, there's a LAN, then the internet, so I'm either on the LAN or I'm not!

OK, so the hint is extremely useful if you find yourself leaving your laptop in differing locations within a WAN, causing your private IP to change, but that's the key point if I'm understanding properly - it's only useful in that situation. If your "server" is either outside your own WAN/LAN (eg at a client's location, or as in my case, my daughter's laptop being in any one of several places at and around uni), knowing the private and public IP's won't help one bit, because you still need a way to access the WAN/LAN it's on remotely, such as VPN or port forwarding.

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Remote Control Your DHCP Connected Laptop from Your iPad
Authored by: macsadmn on Feb 15, '11 08:34:01AM

You are correct. However, if you're looking to support your daughter remotely, I would definitely check out TeamViewer. It is free for personal use. If you're looking for a free way to remotely support business clients, you might consider Mikogo ( It is a bit less user friendly than TeamViewer, but it's completely free. The disadvantage is that there is no iPad support :-( Hopefully the developers will add an iPad app at some point.

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