Microsoft Remote Desktop is a program for connecting to another computer over your home network or web. It comes built into Windows and can be found under “Accessories” in the start menu. With some setup, you can connect to your computer remotely from anywhere in the world.
To start, we must configure your PC to accept a remote connection. Do this by right clicking “My Computer” and going to properties. Next click “Remote Setting” or “Remote”. Choose “Allow Connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)”, Click OK. Your computer can now accept remote connections.
We must make sure your router is set up correctly before we go any further. Your router should be default. Check your LAN IP setup, found in your routers web login. If you’re not sure how to login to your router, it should say in the manual. You will probably see something like 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1. For this How to, I will assume your router defaults to 192.168.1.1 and your subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. If yours is different you can leave it the way it is. Just remember, in the upcoming setup, when I refer to 192.168.1, just replace it with 10.0.0. For now, that’s all we need to do with your router.
We should give your computer a static IP address. Go to your “network connections” in your start menu or control panel. Right click the connection you use for the internet and go to properties. Double click “Internet Protocol Version 4”. Switch to “Use the following IP address” and type 192.168.1.50 in the IP address (or an address you know is not in use). The subnet should be 255.255.255.0 and the default gateway is 192.168.1.1. Bellow you will notice you must type your DNS. Use your default gateway, 192.168.1.1. You now should have a static IP and still have network access.
By default Microsoft Remote Desktop uses Port 3389. Port 3389 is like an imaginary doorway to Remote Desktop. We must tell your router to forward any information it receives from that port to the computer. Now, go back to the router and look for Port forwarding options. There are a few ways routers do this, but your router manual will give you a good understanding of how to Port forward. For Netgear add a custom service. Call it Remote Port. Use TCP with start Port 3389 and end Port 3389, then Click Apply. Next, add a rule under Inbound Services. For “service” choose the service, “Remote Port”, we just set up. Under “Send to LAN Server” type 192.168.1.50, The IP address we gave to your computer. Click Apply. You are now done setting up your router.
Let’s test your connection. Go to whatsmyip.com and copy that address. Next open Microsoft Remote Desktop and, paste your IP address where it says computer. Click Connect. You should get a prompt that lets you know you have made a connection. Now that you have a connection to your computer we need to make sure that you can connect, even if your IP address has changed. For this we will use no-ip DUC found here http://www.no-ip.com/downloads.php. Download the Windows version and install it to your computer. After you are finished installing, it will prompt you to register. After you register, finish logging the rest of the way in no-ip DUC. Next log into your no-ip.com online account and go to “Your NO-IP” section. Select “add a Host”. Choose the domain you want your name to be under like zapto.org or no-ip.org and type a custom host name. When you are finished, click “Create Host”. You are finished setting up your account to automatically update your IP address.
Test your connection by going to Microsoft Remote Desktop and for computer type your custom hostname and domain ending. This should also bring you to your remote computer. To take it a step further you could purchase your own domain, for around $10 and link that domain name to your no-ip.com domain name. You then could remote into your computer by typing your own true custom name like 123456789pc.com. The benefit is that your own custom name is easier to remember then a pre configured name It is completely free for whom working at home.
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