Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174301/how-to-access-a-windows-desktop-from-your-tablet-or-phone/
iPads and Android tablets can’t run Windows apps locally, but they can access a Windows desktops remotely — even with a physical keyboard. In a pinch, the same tricks can be used to access a Windows desktop from a smartphone.
Fun fact: If you're using TeamViewer, there is a “touch screen mode”, which can be used to experience Modern UI on Windows 8. I often just connect my laptop to my Nexus 7 via TeamViewer to play Modern games.
But the Modern UI isn't much better on a touch screen. Just a bit more difficult to use.
I use logmein, but that Android app is $29. That wont be happening.
Does anybody know how to do this over the local area network?
I would like to control any of my computers from my tablet, but my internet connection is not nearly fast enough.
I really only want to do this from home, for monitoring downloads and such. Is there any software that works just like team viewer but will work over the local wifi network, or even a setting in team viewer?
I personally like Wyse PocketCloud for remote desktop from an Android phone. I have since switched to Windows Phone 8 and haven't found any good alternatives to use remote desktop. My tablet is a Asus Vivo Tab Smart with Windows 8.1 so I just use LogMeIn and Hamachi to access computers and files also have a Subsonic server and a Slingbox so I have access to all media via the web
Sure. The Microsoft Remote Desktop, the one in the post, will work awesomely for LAN too.
Splashtop goes on sale every now and then, I got it for free, and it is designed to work over an existing network.