How to Install a Remote Desktop

There are many benefits to having remote connection software set up on your PC. Remote desktop applications make it possible to connect with your host computer from any other computer you may be using at the time. For example, if you have been working on a project from your home computer and need to access that information while you are working, you can use a remote connection in order to gain access to the information from your remote computer. In order to install remote desktop software a few steps are required, but they are very simple.

Remote Desktop Computer Requirements

In order to use Remote Desktop software, there are a few basic requirements that must be met. The first requirement is access to high-speed internet service. Remote desktop software requires a steady connection in order to run, and a high-speed connection is the best option. In addition, a person will need to have a router that supports port forwarding. There are several routers of this type available, and it should be noted that firewall protection is also beneficial. A DynDNS account will need to be created if using DSL internet service.

Step 1: Setup

The first step in setting up a Remote Connection will be to understand your router’s capabilities. A router that already allows IP address forwarding and updates of dynamic domain services will allow remote desktop software to be installed easily. Routers that require the use of DynDNS will require an account to be set up with the program. Using the computer that you wish to connect to you will create a username and password, and you will then add a new host and create a username for the host as well.

Step 2: Allowing Remote Desktop

After the initial process of creating a password and checking your router capabilities, the next step is to set up the computer to allow remote access. To do this, click on “my computer” and select “properties.” Under this tab, you will see a box that says: “Allow users to connect remotely.” Check this box and your PC will be enabled to accept access from a remote computer. In addition, setting up a password for your Windows account will be necessary, which can be done through the control panel.

Step 3: Safety Features

There are certain precautions a person should take when setting up their computer for remote access. Setting up firewalls is extremely important. This will block your computer from being used by everyone, which could be potentially dangerous. Security updates should be installed as soon as they become available, as this is the best way to keep your data safe from hackers. Changing passwords at least once every three months will also help keep your information as safe as possible. If you are uncomfortable setting up the remote desktop software and its safety features, then it is recommended that you contact a networking professional.


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