How to Connect a Remote Desktop Through a Proxy Server to a

Remote Desktop through Internet

Desktop / December 26, 2021

recursive-remote-desktopRemote desktop software allows you to access your computer from another room or halfway around the world. You can also share your desktop with someone temporarily — ideal for remote tech support.

Setting up remote desktop access isn’t hard, but you’ll need to know the right software to use and how it works. The software built into Windows isn’t ideal for home users.

Why You Might Want To

Remote desktop software allows you to use a computer as if you were sitting in front of it. Basically, your computer will send a video of its desktop to the device you’re connecting to. You can click and type as if you were sitting in front of the computer and use the computer normally — with a bit of delay, of course.

You can use remote desktop software on a Mac, Chromebook, iPad, or Android tablet, accessing Windows software on a non-Windows device. Remote desktop software also allows you to use local applications and files stored on your home or work computer from anywhere you are.

Things to Keep in Mind

Your computer needs to be on so you can access it. This isn’t a problem if you’re in the other room, but it can be a problem if you’re travelling far away. You’ll need to leave your computer running the whole time unless you want to attempt to set up Wake-on-LAN.

You’ll also encounter a bit of a delay. When accessing a computer over the Internet or even the remote network, actions you perform on your computer’s desktop won’t register immediately. If you attempt to watch a video on your remote computer, you’ll definitely notice delays and dropped frames — you won’t just see a smooth video. Remote desktop software is ideal for accessing desktop applications, not watching videos or playing games.

If you opt to set up your own remote desktop server software, you’ll need to set up dynamic DNS so you can always access your computer and set up port forwarding so you can connect to your computer from the Internet. This is why we recommend using a service that handles the login bits for your rather than setting up your own server — we’ll cover that in the next section.

Security is also a concern. Simply exposing a remote desktop server to the Internet can put your computer at risk, as people can log in if you have a weak password or insecure, outdated server software. That’s another reason we recommend using a service rather than setting up your own server and exposing it to the wild Internet.