Remote desktop and administration

Remote Desktop is a service consisting of sharing an image from the screen of one computer with another IT device. This solution effectively allows a remote person to use our equipment. The remote user has a preview of what is currently happening on our desktop on his own, remote monitor.

Remote Desktop – What is it for?

A remote administration can be a reliable solution for example when we need access files on another computer while on delegation to a different place. In order to make such a remote connection, the equipment must be properly configured in advance.

The remote desktop will also be useful for example when you need to get technical support and help from a specialist, who is in remote location. Usually such a solution is used by IT specialists in companies where they are able to remotely fix a problem or to make changes on the computer of another employee.

Remote Desktop – ways to use it

You can use the remote desktop in many different ways and through various applications or software. The following three methods are the most popular ones.

1. Method one – using the remote access function built into Windows. It is available on all versions of Windows from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

2. Method two – using Google Chrome and the ” Chrome Remote Desktop ” option available from its level.

3. Method three – using a specially dedicated application for remote desktop administration and implementation of remote connections with other devices.

Remote desktop – requirements and configuration

However, regardless of which method of using the remote desktop you choose, it is necessary to properly configure and prepare the device you intend to use. The basis of any activities in this area is of course an unlimited internet connection. Without this, you will not be able to remotely access the computer. This means that not only the hardware, but also the router must be powered continously. However, this is not the same as the term “permanently on”. Although few know it, a computer that is connected to the power grid is never really turned off completely. The function of remotely turning on a computer that is in a sleeping mode or turned off is called Wake on LAN . In such case, the waking device (router, computer, smartphone)  generates a specific network packet ( a magic packet ) through a dedicated software. As soon as this pcket enters the network interface of the target-computer it will turn it on. In order to catch this signal the target device must be connected to the network with an Ethernet cable.