How to Set Up Remote AccessDid you know you can access your computer from another room, your workplace, or the other side of the world?

Well, you can. And setting up remote access is a fairly quick and easy process. All you’ll need is the right software, and some basic instructions.

This works for both Mac and PC users, and is ideal for remote IT support.

Why Would I Want to Remotely Access My Computer Over the Internet?

Great question.

Remotely accessing your computer means you can use your computer as if it were right there in front of you. There are a whole host of reasons you might like to do this, and here are just a couple:

  • If you’re ever in a situation where you need to access a particular file that’s saved on your computer at home, remote access can save the day. When you connect to a computer via the internet on another device, you have access to all the files, photos, and documents saved on that computer.
  • Sometimes we need specific software to tackle the task at hand – but that software is on your computer at work, not at home. When you access a computer remotely, you can use all the software and applications on that computer.
  • Your computer is playing up, things aren’t working as they should, and the timing couldn’t be worse. You desperately need things back up and running, and you haven’t got a second to spare to head into your local computer repair shop. We offer remote IT support that’s fast, effective, and flexible.

3 Things to Consider Before You Set Up Remote Access

Before you set up remote access, consider these three important points.

1. Your computer needs to be on

You can’t access a computer over the Internet if it’s turned off (unless you set up Wake-on-LAN, but that makes things a little more complicated). Keep this in mind if you plan to use remote access while travelling long distances – you will need to leave your computer running the whole time you’re away.

2. You will notice a slight delay

Depending on what you’d like to do via remote access, the delay may not be an issue. But, if you plan on watching a video or playing a game, you definitely won’t experience a great frame rate. Remote access is best suited to using software, retrieving files, and IT support.

3. Stick to a service to avoid security risks

We recommend using a service rather than setting up your own server. A poor password or outdated software can pose a huge security risk to any personal server exposed to the internet.

Decide on a Program

Now, you’ll need to decide which remote access service you’d like to use. Here’s a brief rundown of the three most common.

1. Windows Remote Desktop

The Professional version of the Windows operating system comes with an in-built remote access service. It requires you to set up your own server, port forwarding, security measures, and to configure DNS. In other words, unless you’re a bit of an expert, Windows Remote Desktop probably isn’t for you.

Using TeamViewer to Set Up Remote Access2. TeamViewer

TeamViewer is our favourite – in fact, it’s what we use to access our clients’ computers when providing remote IT support. It’s easy and fast to setup and use, is compatible with smart devices (including smart TVs), and can be configured to permit one-time access or continued access. All you’ll need to connect to your computer is an ID and password.

3. Chrome Remote Desktop

Are you a Chrome user? You may prefer Chrome Remote Desktop service over TeamViewer. This is Google’s own remote desktop server, which you can install in Chrome. You can log in to your PC remotely using your Google (Gmail) account. Chrome Remote Desktop works on Android devices, too.

How to Set Up TeamViewer

Let’s say you opt for TeamViewer – nice choice. Here’s a quick guide to setting up remote access.

1. Install TeamViewer. Visit www.teamviewer.com/en/download/ and select your device.

2. Launch TeamViewer. Immediately, you’ll be given an ID and password.

How to Use TeamViewer for Remote Access

3. Now, select the ‘Connection’ menu, and click ‘Setup Unattended Access’.

4. Follow the Wizard instructions.

5. Install TeamViewer onto another computer or device and enter your details.

As long as your computer is on, you should now be able to access your desktop remotely via the Internet using TeamViewer.

Need Tech Help?

Want help setting up remote desktop access? Or maybe you’d like to take advantage of our remote IT support services? Get in contact with us at Computer Cures today. Call on 1300 553 166 or fill out the form on this page.