Working remotely has become the new norm in today’s world. While remote work has many benefits, it can also be challenging at times. Especially when you need to access your office computer but can’t physically be there. This is where Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) comes in. It allows you to access your office computer from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. In this blog post, we will guide you step-by-step on how to set up RDP on Windows.
Before setting up RDP on Windows, you need to ensure that it is enabled on the computer you wish to access remotely. To do this, follow these steps:
Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Remote settings.
Select “Allow remote connections to this computer.”
Choose the option that suits your needs: “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop” or ” Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication.”
Once you have enabled RDP on the remote computer, follow these next steps to set up RDP on your device:
Click on the “Start” menu and search for “Remote Desktop Connection.”
Open “Remote Desktop Connection” and type the name or IP address of the remote computer you wish to access in the “Computer” field.
Click the “Connect” button and enter your username and password to connect to the remote computer.
If you have a dynamic IP address, you may encounter issues with accessing the remote computer. To avoid this issue, you can register for a dynamic DNS (DDNS) service. This service allows you to assign a hostname to your device’s IP address. So, whenever your IP address changes, the hostname will continue to point to your device.
To set up DDNS, follow these steps:
Go to a DDNS service provider and create an account.
Create a hostname and associate it with your current IP address.
Install the DDNS client software on the remote computer. This software automatically updates the DDNS service when your IP address changes.
Use the hostname to access the remote computer instead of the IP address.
It’s important to take security measures when accessing your office computer remotely. One way to do this is by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection. A VPN encrypts all traffic between your device and the remote computer, making it more difficult for a third party to intercept your data.
To set up a VPN connection, follow these steps:
Install a VPN client software on both your local device and the remote device.
Use a VPN service provider to connect to the remote computer.
Configure the VPN client software on both devices.
Connect to the remote computer using the VPN client software instead of Remote Desktop.
Setting up RDP on Windows can be done in a few simple steps. By enabling RDP on the remote computer and setting up remote access on your device, you can easily access the remote computer from anywhere in the world. And to ensure the security of your data, you can utilize DDNS and VPN connections. By keeping these tips in mind, you can easily work remotely and access your office computer from anywhere.