07-21-2013 02:55 PM
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  1. ninjaap's Avatar
    I've only started dabbling with remote desktop the past week or so. And let me tell you, it adds so much value to my Surface RT. I can pretty much do anything the Surface Pro can do. In simple terms you connect to a designated home computer and you control it from your RT, remotely via internet, and you end up with a full featured Windows 8 inside your RT. There is a native desktop windows app installed already or you can download a Modern app version from the market. So far I've only tested it within my home network, but plan to use it for school. So I may end up getting tethering plan from ATT.

    Its' pretty easy to use.

    First we need to activate the PC to be accessed. Control Panel - System and Security - Remote Settings... then tab over to "Remote" and make sure "Allow remote connections to this computer" is selected.

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    Now we can go over to our RT and just use the search charm and enter in "remote desktop". Enter the remote computer's name, username and password (credentials you use to unlock your remote computer), go through the tabs and select your options, and hit connect. That's it. Windows will do the rest.

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    How to remotely connect outside your home network:

    Allow Remote Desktop connections from outside your home network
    How to setup a remote desktop and connect to your PC from anywhere | Chips | Geek.com



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    Alternative software to native Remote Desktop that work with RT:

    TeamViewer (Free for personal use)

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    Splashtop (Free for personal use)

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    Please feel free to suggest alternative apps as they become available for the RT and I will add them here so we can try them out.
    Last edited by ninjaap; 03-07-2013 at 05:20 PM.
    02-27-2013 08:48 PM
  2. luv2skipow's Avatar
    For some reason I can only use the IP address of the computer on my home network and not by its name for some reason.

    Edit: Sorry ...it worked but with my Live password rather than my Homeserver password.
    02-27-2013 08:55 PM
  3. ninjaap's Avatar
    For some reason I can only use the IP address of the computer on my home network and not by its name for some reason.
    I'm pretty noob to this so I'll help as much as I can.

    Are you connecting to a Windows 8 PC? Perhaps its different depending on which version you're connecting to.
    02-27-2013 08:59 PM
  4. stmav's Avatar
    I've been using it for a while. I VPN into my work network then Remote Desktop to the servers for admin tasks and maintenance. Works just as good as my laptop. Now I can bring my Surface when traveling and not have to tote the laptop.
    02-27-2013 09:00 PM
  5. ninjaap's Avatar
    I've been using it for a while. I VPN into my work network then Remote Desktop to the servers for admin tasks and maintenance. Works just as good as my laptop. Now I can bring my Surface when traveling and not have to tote the laptop.
    Do you ever connect via tethering your phone? How is the speed and quality compared to connecting through work or home wifi?
    02-27-2013 09:02 PM
  6. ninjaap's Avatar
    Edit: Sorry ...it worked but with my Live password rather than my Homeserver password.
    Nice! Glad you got it working.
    02-27-2013 09:05 PM
  7. bawboh86's Avatar
    Oy, just spent an hour trying to figure out why it was that my firewall wasn't allowing me to connect. Freaking Ad-Aware was blocking incoming for svchost.
    02-27-2013 10:34 PM
  8. theprawn's Avatar
    How do you do it over the Internet? I've only been able to do it over LAN
    02-27-2013 10:55 PM
  9. Nik Rolls's Avatar
    How do you do it over the Internet? I've only been able to do it over LAN
    A little configuration may be required there. Usually setting up something like DynDNS (or getting a static IP) and then opening the right port on your router/firewall.
    02-27-2013 11:02 PM
  10. ninjaap's Avatar
    How do you do it over the Internet? I've only been able to do it over LAN
    That one is a little more complicated and i havent done so yet, but I plan to follow these steps: Allow Remote Desktop connections from outside your home network

    Unless someone else has better instructions..
    02-27-2013 11:08 PM
  11. bawboh86's Avatar
    Pretty much the same instructions as ninjaap's link, but slightly more detailed: How to setup a remote desktop and connect to your PC from anywhere | Chips | Geek.com
    02-27-2013 11:23 PM
  12. bawboh86's Avatar
    Oh, and as I said before. If you use a 3rd party firewall, and it doesn't have RDP listed as a default option to allow, then be sure to allow traffic to/from svchost.exe. Windows Firewall and some 3rd parties (like McAfee) have Remote Desktop listed.df
    02-27-2013 11:28 PM
  13. theprawn's Avatar
    I'd gone looking for this information back when I first got my RT, but I couldn't find it and gave up . . . probably didn't help that I started from a blog post that was pushing third party solutions. This did the trick, thanks for the links guys!
    02-28-2013 10:29 AM
  14. Digital Savior's Avatar
    I've been using it since I got to use Visual Studio. I use the app though and not the RDClient. And soon, there should be a Splashtop client which will make it easier, and we'll be able to stream videos and games!
    02-28-2013 01:39 PM
  15. berty6294's Avatar
    Which do you find to be more responsive, Remote Desktop or TeamViewer? I tried Remote desktop and couldn't set it up so I settled with TeamViewer that works surprisingly well! Willing to try RD again if you think it is any more responsive!
    02-28-2013 01:44 PM
  16. ninjaap's Avatar
    Yes please! I would like to hear opinions about the different clients available for our RT.
    02-28-2013 01:59 PM
  17. ninjaap's Avatar
    Which do you find to be more responsive, Remote Desktop or TeamViewer? I tried Remote desktop and couldn't set it up so I settled with TeamViewer that works surprisingly well! Willing to try RD again if you think it is any more responsive!
    Okay so far, I'm liking TeamViewer. I like how it keeps both screens unlocked and I can see everything that is happening. Whereas with Remote Desktop the controlled PC gets logged off when connected. Although, I like RD better in that you can still access your RT, because RD actually gives you option to run in a separate window as opposed to taking up the whole screen. As far as speed, they are pretty similar. It's a little easier to use the snap feature in RD than in TV. I do think it maybe a lot easier setup if you're going to use it outside your home network, because you don't have to mess around with router settings. You just need to log in to your TV account.
    02-28-2013 02:28 PM
  18. VidJuhEffex's Avatar
    I use remote desktop, but search the store for it. There is a metro version, its much nicer to run it full-screen and simply swipe back to your computer. Also makes it very easy to connect to multiple boxes as they simply arrange as IE-style tabs in the app bar.
    02-28-2013 04:45 PM
  19. ninjaap's Avatar
    I use remote desktop, but search the store for it. There is a metro version, its much nicer to run it full-screen and simply swipe back to your computer. Also makes it very easy to connect to multiple boxes as they simply arrange as IE-style tabs in the app bar.
    Yes the Metro version works rather well for everyday use. I like how you can just swipe right between the remote PC and your RT environment, without having to log out. But if you need more advanced features like display, audio, keyboard settings, and connection speed, desktop version is the way to go.
    02-28-2013 05:12 PM
  20. Zeroplanetz's Avatar
    So if I open up my router what possible problems would lay ahead for me?
    03-01-2013 10:37 PM
  21. ninjaap's Avatar
    So if I open up my router what possible problems would lay ahead for me?
    That's a good question. I'm not going to attempt to pretend I know. But I do know that "they" need 3 things: 1. Port forwarding number 2. Your IP address and 3. Log in credentials (username and password). That's more information than what your neighbor needs ( network ID and password).
    03-02-2013 01:14 AM
  22. Zeroplanetz's Avatar
    That's a good question. I'm not going to attempt to pretend I know. But I do know that "they" need 3 things: 1. Port forwarding number 2. Your IP address and 3. Log in credentials (username and password). That's more information than what your neighbor needs ( network ID and password).
    my internet is password protected. None of the neighbors know it. Heck I gotta look it up every time I need it lol. I'm still curious though as to how vulnerable I might become by doing this.?
    03-02-2013 08:08 AM
  23. ultralight23's Avatar
    This depends on if remote desktop or team viewer is VPN encrypted. I don't have an RT yet and use pocketcloud on my tablet to remote access my work PC. VPN encrypts as it sends.
    03-02-2013 08:28 AM
  24. ninjaap's Avatar
    my internet is password protected. None of the neighbors know it. Heck I gotta look it up every time I need it lol. I'm still curious though as to how vulnerable I might become by doing this.?
    None of your neighbors know your remote desktop or team viewer password either. If you're accessing within in your home network, then you're as secure as if you're on any device in that network. But accessing it outside you're home network is another story. From observation (not actually trying it yet), with Team Viewer you go through their servers. With MS's native Remote Desktop, you connect directly to your PC through your home network. Please correct me if im wrong, anyone.
    03-02-2013 03:26 PM
  25. Nik Rolls's Avatar
    With MS's native Remote Desktop, you connect directly to your PC through your home network. Please correct me if im wrong, anyone.
    Spot on. There is a system that uses Microsoft's servers, however it is a once off (request help from someone else) and doesn't fit in with the RD client very well.

    The only risk you create by opening this one port on your router is that other people can try to log into your computer as well. So make sure you have a good password. But to be fair they also need to know your IP, and also that you even have RD on and that port open, and even then they will get major (enforced) delays after they get the password wrong a few times. So you're pretty safe. RD wouldn't be in major use worldwide if it was insecure.

    Your internet password (I assume you mean Wifi?) is unrelated.
    03-03-2013 05:53 PM
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