1. ninjaap's Avatar
    I have a VAIO laptop set up as the remote desktop to be controlled by the Surface RT. It's useable, but slow and sluggish. Especially, when scrolling on Modern UI. Is this normal? Is it due to hardware of my VAIO or my Surface? Is there a way to speed it up? What's a better/faster alternative to Windows' native remote desktop?
    02-24-2013 03:35 PM
  2. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Could be the specs of the VAIO or the connection you're using it over.

    I have a friend who controlled his desktop computer remotely with his Surface RT and played Crysis 2 remotely...

    We can eliminate Windows native remote desktop as the problem
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    02-24-2013 03:57 PM
  3. ninjaap's Avatar
    Thanks for the response. Right now I've only tested it over my home wifi network. So I wouldn't think that the connection would be the problem.

    These are my VAIO specs. Too slow?

    02-24-2013 04:02 PM
  4. Dewg's Avatar
    Check your WiFi connection rate - I found my WiFi (5G) was painfully slow due to a router firmware issue - I switched to 2.4G and the problem went away with WiFi back to speedy.
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    02-24-2013 05:17 PM
  5. ninjaap's Avatar
    So I tried to update my Netgear's firmware and it freakin borked it! The reset button wasn't responding and the disk that came with it couldn't fix it either. So I ended up buying a new Linksys e1200 (N300).

    My VAIO speeds have tripled and usually stays around 144mbps and my RT hovers between 52-62mbps. But still, remote desktop is slow and sluggish. Is it my VAIO hardware that's the problem? I'm planning on getting a new desktop soon to replace my VAIO, which specific hardware do I need to pay attention to? RAM, processor, video card?
    02-25-2013 09:58 PM
  6. explosive0's Avatar
    Your current processor speed is a little on the low side, but I doubt it'll produce results as bad as you're describing. There are probably some other underlying factors. What services do you have running in the background?
    02-25-2013 10:16 PM
  7. ninjaap's Avatar
    Services on my VAIO or my Surface? How do I check what services are running?
    02-25-2013 10:20 PM
  8. ninjaap's Avatar
    So a little more info, the desktop runs smoother now on the new router, but Modern UI is still very sluggish. I suppose that's okay, since my main purpose was access to my desktop apps, which my RT doesn't have.
    02-25-2013 11:17 PM
  9. explosive0's Avatar
    Services on my VAIO or my Surface? How do I check what services are running?
    On your VAIO. Ctrl+Alt+Del > Task Manager.
    02-26-2013 08:18 AM
  10. ninjaap's Avatar
    Here are screenshots from the Surface running remote desktop in a window. There are services running, but not really using any resources.

    02-26-2013 10:35 AM
  11. ninjaap's Avatar
    So I've upgraded from a G router, got a brand new N router and refreshed my Surface. My VAIO WiFi speed rate have gone from 54mbps to 144mbps and my Surface has gone from 54mbps to 130mbps. Remote desktop is still sluggish in Modern UI but is now pretty smooth in desktop mode. Anyone else experiencing this?
    02-27-2013 05:55 PM
  12. bawboh86's Avatar
    Yup. Metro is not remote desktop friendly. The desktop still is, thank goodness.
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    02-27-2013 09:54 PM
  13. ninjaap's Avatar
    Yup. Metro is not remote desktop friendly. The desktop still is, thank goodness.
    Thank you for confirming! I was really only after the desktop side. It was just bothering me that i coldnt figure out why Metro didnt work well.
    02-27-2013 09:59 PM
  14. bawboh86's Avatar
    No problem. I literally just finished setting up and testing RDP on the home comp when I saw this thread and thought about how convenient it was that I just ran into the same thing...
    02-27-2013 10:07 PM

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