chrishoffman at May 4th, 2014 06:40 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/188152/beginner-geek-how-to-access-your-desktop-over-the-internet/
Remote desktop software allows you to access your computer from another room or halfway around the world. You can also share your desktop with someone temporarily — ideal for remote tech support.
nsdcars5 at May 4th, 2014 07:05 — #2
The effect in the first picture is one of my favorite things about remote desktop software - you can connect to yourself.
soulman1949 at May 4th, 2014 11:51 — #3
I am looking to set this up so this is a useful article but I have two further questions.
Someone recommended using a service like No-IP, is this similar or are there any differences and also what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
Is it possible to use this method to connect an Android phone or iPad to your desktop?
stickman803 at May 4th, 2014 12:48 — #4
I'm not sure I've heard of "No-IP," sorry.
TeamViewer has client applications for both Android and iOS devices. Chrome Remote Desktop has a client application only for Android devices. Using either of these, it is possible to connect to a Windows computer from an Android device or an iPad.
nsdcars5 at May 5th, 2014 06:05 — #5
No-IP is basically a service that points your dynamic IP address to a static subdomain, so instead of having to remember these numbers (which change a lot): "18.104.22.168", you remember something like: "soulman1949.noip.com", which remains same. You still need to use VNC or something to connect to your PC.
TeamViewer, which @Stickman803 recommended, skips this, and has apps for both Android and iOS, making stuff really simple for you.
soulman1949 at May 5th, 2014 09:30 — #6
Thanks guys, installed TeamViewer on my desktop PC and laptop, a piece of cake. The main reason for installing the software was to use it to control my Humax digital satellite PVR. Mission accomplished successfully. I'll install it on my iPad and android phone later. A breeze to use and more effective than LogMeIn, which I was previously using.
Thanks the advice and, of course, for the original article. Big fan of How to Geek, essential reading every day.
Alan, Manchester, UK.
wilsontp at May 5th, 2014 09:59 — #7
This is generically referred to as Dynamic DNS. Also, you should never use VNC as a Remote Desktop solution without hosting some sort of VPN. it's just not safe enough.
nonrev69 at May 6th, 2014 11:20 — #9
For persistence I use G-bridge which is free and allows me to remote into any of my computers and see their respective shared folders really handy tool.
wilsontp at May 6th, 2014 12:05 — #10
I had almost forgotten about GBridge. That can be a very handy tool. One of the things I liked about it was that it supported both VNC and RDP. The only problem I had with it was that my work site blocked instant messaging, including Google Talk, which is what GBridge uses for its transport layer.
countryfriendly at May 6th, 2014 19:06 — #11
Nice article - I have used Teamviewer Free many times, each time with amazing results. I do feel guilty though making use of such a fantastic tool and not paying for it. I would like to be able to pay the publishers but their fee is much more than I can afford. Hopefully they will bring down their prices so I can buy a subscription or the like at a reasonable price. I have tried Google Chrome remote desktop but have never been able to obtain a connection. Just now I installed it on one of our local network computers and asked for a network access code - the circle spun for over an hour and no access code was produced. Yet I can log on to this same computer with Teamviewer in an instant and gain full control of it from another computer on the same local network.
wilsontp at May 8th, 2014 12:08 — #12
100% agreed on that. I'd probably pay for a $50 a year subscription, but the price they're asking for TV is unreasonable for home users.
My favorite option is to use a VPN to connect to my home network, then use Remote Desktop to do my work. I've been using a product out of Japan named SoftEther that seems to be working pretty well.
However, I've been considering switching to a VPN router so I don't need third party software on my PC for VPN access.
system at May 14th, 2014 06:40 — #13
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