Based in Brisbane, Andy Pudmenzky is a marketing consultant with over two decades of experience in web technologies, marketing, graphic design, theatre audio / visual and event management. | More...
I had a day off (sick day) yesterday, thanks to my highly contagious acute viral nasopharyngitis (more simply known as “a common cold”) – which is comprised of headaches, a blocked nose, joint pain and an annoying cough. But the beauty of this office means that I can still get work done, without infecting my colleagues with aforementioned common cold.
I can access email remotely, dial into the phone system and take calls remotely, chat to other staff via MSN Messenger, and so forth. While this does provide a bit of a distraction on weekends and after hours, it has numerous benefits – like the one I mentioned above, which is where I can still get work done and meet artwork deadlines and so forth, but without making others sick.
Having remote access has a lot of benefits, but there are also some issues to address if one is not familiar with the setup of these sorts of networks. I use free VPN software to create, in essence, what is called a secure “tunnel” between my work and home computers… it’s like running a very long blue network cable from the city out to the suburbs, and connecting a remote computer to the switch or hub at work.
In fact, it’s doing exactly that, but using secure system that’s a little slower (since the internet connection at each end is the bottleneck – running at a mere 24Mbps instead of the usual 100 or 1000Mbps speed of a common local area network, or LAN). There are a nyou have the permission of your boss and / or IT manager, to ensure you don’t create any security holes.umber of free and cheap applications out there on the internet that will allow you to setup VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnels between locations, but before setting these up at your workplace, make sure
Good luck, and happy tunnelling!
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