A computer running Windows can accept incoming connections through a modem. With this connection, other Windows-based computers can dial in and share files, printers and even Internet connectivity. When you're on the road, there may be times that an Internet connection is not available; therefore, having a home desktop set up as an Internet gateway can provide web access. The computer at home should always be on to accept these incoming connections, but the monitor can be turned off if it is not a laptop.
Turn Off Sleep Options on a Home Desktop
Click "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Security" and "Power Options."
Click "Create a Power Plan." Click "High Performance" to select it. In the text box, type in "Remote Computing Plan." Click the "Next" button.
Choose "Never" from the drop-down menu for each of the six settings. Move the slider to the far left on both bars next to "Adjust Plan Brightness." Click "Save Changes" and close "Control Panel."
Configure a Home Desktop to Receive Connections
Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center." Click the "Change Adapter Settings" link on the left window pane.
Press the "Alt" key on the keyboard to bring up the top menu. Choose "File" and "New Incoming Connection." Click on the names of the users who will be allowed to dial in.
Click the "Next" button. Click "Through a Dial-Up Modem." Click the modem and click "Next." Click "Allow Access." Click "OK."
Plug the modem into the wall phone jack.
Configure a Home Desktop to Share the Internet Connection
Click "Start," "Control Panel" and "Network and Internet." Click "Network and Sharing Center" and then choose "Change Adapter Settings" from the left window pane.
Right-click the high-speed connection adapter and choose "Properties."
Click the "Sharing" tab, then click the box next to "Allow Other Network Users to Connect Through this Computer's Internet Connection." Click the "OK" button.
- Turn off all "Sleep" and "Hibernate" options during any periods of time the computer will need to allow remote connections. Sleeping computers cannot accept incoming connections.
- All users on this computer should have secure passwords with seven or more upper- and lower-case letters along with at least two numbers.
- "Windows 7: The Missing Manual," David Progue; 2010
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