Remotely Accessing Your PC While Abroad
If you’re working abroad temporarily for a time, the chances are you’re going to miss the powerful computer you have at home or in the office.
Maybe you don’t have a laptop with you, or perhaps you do but it’s not quite as capable as the desktop computer you’re used to working with, doesn’t have the same range of software installed or lacks some of the configuration settings and customisation options you’ve set up on the more powerful machine.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could access your home or office computer from afar? Good news : you can, and it’s not that hard. Here’s what you need to know.
What exactly does Remote Desktop software do?It allows you to access the remote PC just as if you were using it locally. You will be able to start programs, see the display and access the graphical user interface just as you would normally. Some remote desktop packages offer additional capabilities such as chat or file transfer functions too.
Is it really just like using a local machine?Yes, but because you are accessing it over a network, there will be some latency, meaning a delay. It depends on the quality of your Internet connection, but you should usually expect the GUI to be slightly less responsive than it would be normally. With a very good Internet connection, it can seem just like using your local PC.
Where can I get Remote Desktop software?There’s a good chance that you already have remote desktop software without even knowing it. Remote Desktop facilities have been built into nearly all recent versions of Windows. They are not activated by default, however, because they are deemed to present a slight security risk.
If you don’t have remote desktop software built in, or want something with more capabilities, there are plenty of other software options available, ranging from commercial software which requires a paid-for subscription in order to use, to perfectly good free open-source software on a variety of platforms.