Remote desktop or remote PC access is not a new subject. We are going to highlight this topic and give few resources that can enable you to access your or any other person’s PC remotely. Not just the remote access, you can actually use a remote PC just like you use it by sitting in front of it. It enables you to access and use your home PC remotely from anywhere. You can provide PC support to friends and family by sitting at any another location.
Remote Desktop Connection
The very basic method is remote desktop connection that is a built-in feature of Windows. This method is convenient for PCs connected through same network or in same Wi-Fi.
In the same network (or Wi-Fi), you can enter the IP address of the target computer to connect to it. After successful connection, a full screen window opens presenting the target computer’s screen. You can minimize or restore that remote desktop window or you can scale it to your desired size. You can drag and drop files between two computers and you can completely control the other PC. Target PC, while its connected, will be in switched user mode and under connected user a message will be displayed as, “(connected PC username) logged on remotely from (controlling PC username)”.
Remote Desktop Connection – File Copy Between PCs
Setting Up Remote Desktop Connection
Both PCs should be in the same network or connected through the Wi-Fi. There is an alternative method where you can remotely connect with other PC that is not in the same network which requires additional settings that we will mention later.
Allow target PC to be connected remotely. For that click Start button and type ‘allow remote access’ and click at ‘Allow remote access to your computer’ from results. Check box that says, ‘Allow remote assistance connections to this computer’ from remote assistance section. Check second box from remote desktop section that says, ‘allow connections from computers…’.
Next find out the IP address of the target computer by clicking at the ‘network’ icon, ‘internet’ icon or ‘wi-fi’ icon in taskbar. Select the active connection and right click to bring its status. From status window click at ‘details’ and get the IP address of this computer as described in picture below. This is the IP address that you will connect to.
Next, on PC that you want to connect from, click Start and type ‘remote desktop connection’, select, hit enter and a window similar to picture below will pop out.
Type that IP address of target PC and hit enter to connect to other PC. This remote desktop connection window present additional options hidden in menu below, that says ‘show options’. You can customize few settings for your remote connection from there.
Mac to Mac Remote Access
OS X has a Screen Sharing feature built right into the OS, and you can use it to access any Mac from another Mac. If you’re connecting from inside your network or the two MACs are in same wi-fi then its really simple. If two MACs are in different networks then you will have to send ports on your router. Here is how to connect within same network.
On the computer you want to access remotely, go to ‘System Preferences’ and click on the Sharing Pane. Check the box that says ‘Screen Sharing’. On your remote computer, open the ‘Finder’ and scroll down to ‘Shared’. Find the name of the computer you want to connect to under the ‘All’ option, double-click on it, then click the ‘Share Screen’ button in the upper right-hand corner. Log in with the username and password you use on the target computer, and you should connect immediately.
TeamViewer is the best eay to use software that is great way for remote access, control and provide support over the Internet. You can control other computer anywhere with this software if this is installed at the other end too. TeamViewer establishes connections to any PC or server all around the world within just a few seconds. You can remotely control other PC as if you were sitting right in front of it. You just open up Team Viewer, ask for id and password from other user and put those in your TeamViewer and there you have the remote desktop of other user, fully accessible.
Instantly take control over a computer anywhere on the Internet, even through firewalls. This software can also be used without installation. Give presentations, provide PC support, help friends and family with their computer or work, remotely and securely. Administrate remote PC or computer servers, transfer files remotely. It has browser based remote access that is eay to use and convenient for anybody. Teamviewer automatically adjusts the image quality depending upon internet strength between connected computers.
Teamviewer allows remote desktop connections and meetings (including 25 participants). It also allows chats between computers. It features computer screen sharing, video and audio sharing and more. Host your online meetings with business partners from all across the world, no matter where they are. Teamviewer is cross platform and is available for the Windows, MAC, Linux, IOS devices and Android devices.
Share your computer with friend or family directly and securely. Sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. Gbridge is a free software that lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. It extends Google’s gtalk service to a collaboration VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects your computers and your close friends’ computers directly and securely.
Gbridge has many unique features.
DesktopShare(VNC): Access your computer desktop remotely or share your desktop with your friend from anywhere, even behind NAT!
SecureShare: Securely share files among your own computers, so you can remotely access your files, e.g. play mp3 , with ultimate privacy. Securely share files to your designated friend, so the selected friend can instantly view the auto-generated photo thumbnails and slideshow remotely. No web upload/download needed!
AutoSync: Transfer big files and sync folders from/to anywhere has never been easier. Auto schedule, auto resume, incremental and no size limit!
EasyBackup: Setup an auto-recurring local or remote backup of your important directory is as easy as 1-2-3!
TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer. Available for Linux and Windows. TightVNC is useful in remote administration, remote customer support, education, and for many other purposes. Its cross-platform, and is available for Windows and Unix.
UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your PC screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a computer located remotely, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location.
There are many other solutions for remote desktop connection. Few are given below:
- sVNC: Remote assistance to Mac users. No configuration required.
- CoRD: Mac OS X remote desktop client for Microsoft Windows computers using the RDP protocol.
- NoMachine: Cross platform remote desktop software.
- MetaVNC: It merges windows of multiple remote desktops into a single desktop screen.
- Ajax VNC: Remote access your PC anywhere without pre-installing any client. HTTP based. Windows, Mac and Linux compatible.
- Xrdp: Serves an X window session to incoming Windows clients.
- ProperJavaRDP: Cross-platform Java client based on rdesktop.
- KrDesktop: KDE (QT3) front-end for rdesktop.
- GrDesktop: GNOME frontend, for the remote desktop client (rdesktop).
- Kurd: KDE universal remote desktop.
- KDE Desktop Sharing: The official KDE VNC server package.
- KDE Remote Desktop Connection: The official KDE client for RDP and VNC.
- Connection Manager: VNC, RDP, and Telnet manager for UNIX/Linux distros.
- CrossLoop: Remote access utility with file sharing and a multilingual interface.