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Guide to Connecting to your Home or Office PC from Anywhere

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When it comes to connecting from one device to another remotely, there are several ways to go about it. Here’s a look at some of the different ways you can remotely control a computer remotely when you need to get a file or perform some troubleshooting.

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

RDP is a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft that allows you to access your PCs over the internet and has been around since XP Pro. For example, you might need to grab a file or do maintenance on a computer or server at work or home. There are several ways to remotely access your computers from virtually anywhere you have a network connection.

Do note that you can remote into a Home version of Windows, however, you need Pro to remote to another PC. If you’re on a Home version of Windows you should check out the third-party options below.

If you are running Windows 10 you can use the traditional desktop app or the Universal RDP app. Check out any of the following articles for more detailed information:

It’s also worth noting that if you’re on a slow or metered connection, there are steps you can take to make the remote experience faster.

If you’re on a slow internet connection, you can change graphic settings to speed up the experience.

Also, if you need to grab a file from your PC, you can use the OneDrive Fetch feature to remotely get local files. For more information on that and setting it up, check out our article on how to remote access files with OneDrive Fetch.

Remote Desktop from Mobile Devices

Sometimes while away from home or the office, you need a file while on the go. Hopefully, you’ve saved the file into your Dropbox or Onedrive folder. If not, however, you need to be able to access your computer remotely.

Luckily there are many ways you can remote into your PC at home or the office.

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Accessing a remote computer via your mobile phone has become much easier.

Third-party Remote Desktop Apps

There are plenty of third-party apps and services out there to choose from. Some are free and Open Source and others that offer more features for a price. One of our favorite services for desktop sharing, meetings, and remote assistance is Join.me. Unliked TeamViewer (see below) however, Join.me requires someone on the other side of the keyboard to either host or join your meeting. Not a great solution to grab files remotely however, it works awesome if you just need to remotely see someone’s screen and take control of the mouse to help them with something.

TeamViewer is honestly the King of remote access. It’s available for both Mac and Windows, it’s 100% free for personal use and, it’s feature set is incredible. Check out our full review of the app for more details but suffice it to say, it’s my de facto tool for remote access.

It’s also a great option for those times when you’re outside of the house since it allows you to make the connection to your home box on the other side of a firewall. Again, perfect for getting access to that work machine or home box no matter where you are on the planet. Oh, and did I mention the mobile App can be used to remote into your Mac or Windows box? Yes, that’s why I call it the King of remote access!

TeamViewer

TeamViewer is a third-party app that allows screen sharing, remote access, and team meetings.

With so many remote desktop and sharing abilities you can connect to your home or office PC from virtually anywhere. All you need is a computer or mobile device, an internet connection, and the right software and security.

What are your favorite ways to remote into a computer or share your screen with another user? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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4 Responses to Guide to Connecting to your Home or Office PC from Anywhere

  1. Wayne April 28, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    i connect to a few family PCs and have found because of this teamviewer is now considering that I am a business user.
    So i use ultraviewer to connect now.
    Not as functional as teamviewer and only works on PCs – but useful if like me, you look after a few friends and relatives PCs

  2. Bill April 28, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    Brian, thanks for the good read; I’m a groovyPost fan. But how about remotely turning on a computer? I’ve tried several ways, so far without success. I look forward to your suggestions.
    Bill, also in MN

  3. Tom Ross April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    Great Info. Thanks for the article.

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