Remote Access for All
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 09:07:09 EDT
There are a lot of times when we would like to transfer files and other
types of information between each other, be it graphics or more
complex files. Let me share this technique with you...
If you are running a machine with Microsoft Windows (a 386 or better
CPU), you can do direct access via modem to another computer using
Point to Point Remote Access (commonly abbreviated as PTP RAS or RAS) -
but only if both machines are running at least Windows for Workgroups
(one or both machines might also be running Windows NT). While ther are
other methods for doing this, Windows for Workgroups is an economical
way to get this going.
You will need to follow the directions in Windows for Workgroups on
setting up remote access, and you will need to patch files distibuted
by Microsoft in a self-extracting file named WFWPTP.EXE - which can be
found on Compu$erve, America On-Line, and the Microsoft Download
Service (and perhaps other services as well).
Once you have remote access set up, you will be able to phone someone
who has RAS on their machine as well, ask them to set their RAS in
ANSWER mode. You will also need to know the name of the answering
machine and the password needed to gain access to its shared
directories. Then all you have to do to connect with their machine is
to dial their modem. Once connected, you can transfer or work on files
to your heart's delight - or, at least, until your budget screams for
When you set up your machine to work with RAS, you can isolate the
directories you don't want accessed quite easily. Actually, you have
to set directories you wish to have open to the world by designating
them as "shared" directories.
Instructions on setting up RAS are included in a text file included in
the WFWPTP.EXE file, or you can turn to page 303 in the September 1994
of WINDOWS magazine.
Try it - you'll like it!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City