Remote desktop connection

Posted by Bruce Liu on February 12, 2020

The easiest way

In my experience, the easiest way is to use a third-party tool. TeamViewer can work from Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.

Windows built-in Remote Desktop Connection

Connect a desktop in LAN (local area network)

  1. Enable Remote Desktop Connection on the host computer (which you want to connect or access remotely).
  2. Launch Remote Desktop Connection utility on the client computer.
  3. Connect to the host computer. If in LAN, enter the computer name.

Connect a desktop in WAN (wide area network)

  1. Enable Remote Desktop Connection on the host computer (which you want to connect or access remotely).
  2. Forward TCP port 3389 to IP address of the host computer in router.
  3. Launch Remote Desktop Connection utility on the client computer.
  4. Connect to the host computer. Enter the public IP followed with the port number.

Notice: Microsoft has a Remote Desktop app to support accessing a desktop from Android and iOS.


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