The Harder Way: By Hand

To set up your computer to be open and findable on the Internet without the help of something like LogMeIn isn’t magic, but it does take some work. Here are some advantages of doing it the “hard way”:

  • It’s free.

  • You can connect more than five users if you want.

  • You can be available to the whole world, not just your friends.

  • It’s really interesting and useful stuff to learn.

You’ll need to learn a little bit more about networking and how the Internet works. I’ll outline the important steps here, but you may need to do some additional reading on your own. Most importantly, I can’t give you exact step-by-step directions because every router (or cable modem, DSL modem, and so on) is different. But you can find that ...

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