Access Another Computer from Your Computer

Introduction: Ever wish you could access some files on your work computer when you’re sitting in your home office? Need a report from your home computer that’s due in class? You can configure your computers to be accessible anywhere in the world, from virtually any other computer. There are a variety of ways to do this, including built-in tools, downloadable programs, and browser-based solutions. Read on after the jump to learn how.

Step 1 : Download TeamViewer

This is a free program for home users that allows you to quickly set up a remote connection between your computers. This programs is especially useful for Mac computers, as configuring native remote desktop connections is very tricky and potentially expensive. It is also useful for Mac-to-PC connections and vice versa.

Step 2 : Find the system name.

Find the system name. When you connect to the computer, you will need to know the system name. You can find this by pressing Windows key + Pause and looking for the “Computer name” entry.

Step 3 : Install TeamViewer on the remote computer

When you start the installer, you will be asked if you want to Install or Run TeamViewer. Select Install to configure TeamViewer on the computer, allowing you to connect to it anytime.

Step 4 : Open port 3389 to allow connections through the internet

Open port 3389 to allow connections through the internet. If you want to be able to connect to your remote computer directly over the internet, without having to use a VPN, you will need to open port 3389 on the firewall of the computer you are connecting to. This will expose the Remote Desktop to the internet, meaning potentially anyone access it. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you have a very strong password.[1]

Step 5 : Connect to your remote desktop with a smartphone or tablet.

Connect to your remote desktop with a smartphone or tablet. If you are running Windows 8 0r 8.1 Professional, you can connect to your remote desktop through the official Microsoft apps on iOS and Android. You will need to have Remote Desktop configured on your computer.

Step 6 : Enable Remote Desktop on the computer you want to access.

Enable Remote Desktop on the computer you want to access. On the Windows PC that you want to access, you will need to enable Remote Access so that other computers can connect to it. You can enable this on the Pro or Enterprise versions of XP, Vista, 7, and 8. This method requires that you be on the same network as the computer you want to access, either through the router or through a VPN. Press the Windows key + Pause to open the System menu. An alternative method is to click the Start menu, open up the Control Panel, click System and Security, then click System. Click the “Remote settings” link on the left side of the window. Check the “Allow remote connections to this computer” box. You can adjust some of the advanced options, such as length of time an invitation is good for, by clicking the “Advanced” button.

Step 7 : Connect to the computer.

Log on to the computer that you want to use to connect to the remote computer. Click the Start menu and enter “remote desktop connection” into the Search field. Click it to open it.

Step 8 : Disable Sleep mode.

Disable Sleep mode. You will not be able to connect to a computer that is Sleeping or in Hibernate. Make sure to disable these if you want to connect remotely.

Step 9 : Add users.

Add users. You will need to set which users can log in remotely on that machine. Click the “Select Users” button, and then click the Add button. Choose which users you would like to add.

Step 10 : Configure TeamViewer for later remote connections

Make sure “Yes” is checked before continuing the installation. TeamViewer will be configured so that you can connect to it from any computer over the internet.

Tips

  • In order for downloading and installing Google Chrome Remote Desktop, you must download and install Google Chrome (PC/Mac/Linux version). More at https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95346?hl=id&ref_topic=14660 [4]

Warnings

  • You must prevent your firewall from blocking the remote accessing software that you want to use. When you use the software for the first time you must select "Unblock" when the pop-up window appears asking whether you want the firewall to block or unblock the software.
  • The computer that you are trying to access remotely must be powered on, otherwise other computers will not be able to access it.

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