In computers, the word remote desktop more often refers to an operating system or software feature that enables the desktop environment to be accessed via a computer having a remote connection. Remote desktop software has varying capabilities. Some of them are as follows: The ability to access a desktop with a different user name and password; the capability to control other programs and applications; the ability to launch various tasks without restarting the computer; sharing the display windows between multiple computer users; the ability to switch between different display windows and even the ability to use a different input device plugged into the local keyboard or mouse. The features mentioned above can allow multiple users in different locations to work together on the same computer. The remote desktop software also allows easy connection and control over multiple input devices such as a keyboard, mouse, video card, and scanner.
To establish a remote desktop connection, a straightforward way is to use the Remote Desktop Connection viewer in Microsoft Windows PC. This software is available free on the web and can be downloaded just by browsing the site. Once downloaded, it can easily be installed by clicking on the “Run” button found on the convenience menu found on the browser. One will need to enter the IP address or domain name of the client to connect. Usually, this is done in the ‘Connect’ dialog box found on the browser’s main menu.
Another method of establishing a remote desktop connection is to use the Client Integration Services (CIS) tool in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPE). It allows users to specify the server, its settings, and credentials. The WPE server can then determine which user has been granted access authorization to connect to a remote desktop session. It also lets users establish their login name and password. This connection uses the Local Area Network (LAN) that is usually associated with a corporate network. This is different from the Wide Area Network (WAN) that many people are familiar with.
The next step is to launch the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application. From the start menu, click on ‘Network.’ If a search box is displayed, type the desired server and select ‘OK.’
The advantage of using the WAN approach is that it is more secure than the local network approach. Anyone with the credentials needed can connect to your desktop from anywhere. On the other hand, WPA2 Enterprise mode provides better security, especially when the connection is initiated from a workstation such as from a work computer at home or office. However, it would help if you had a router to get this working. For a corporate network, some servers support this. These also require an IP address.
Another option to make use of remote desktop technology is by way of the use of software such as Remote Desktop Software. Some programs are free, and others have to be purchased. You can use free versions, and they will connect to your PC either over the LAN or a wireless connection. Once you install these on your system, you are now ready to use a remote desktop. It is usually the case that these systems are restricted to certain offices or homes.
You can also use remote desktop connections from a laptop, provided that the laptop is configured to use the same protocols as your workstation does. In this case, you can connect through a wireless network or over dial-up. So, if you want to use a program such as Microsoft Word, you can open this program on your workstation, and if you want to use Skype for video conferencing, you can connect to this service on your laptop and share the video via email.
However, if you choose to use remote desktop connections in your home, you will need to ensure that the Wi-Fi signal reaches your home. Another critical factor is to ensure that you have a secure internet connection, especially if you intend to use the service with your client from a public internet connection. Finally, it is essential to note that you may have to use a specific software program for a particular program such as Microsoft Office. By default, these programs use the default settings, and if you do not have the same software installed on your workstation, they will prompt you to download and install the program on your computer.