Remote control

Remote access software is going to be one of the keys to the future of how we do business. But where should you start? One good way would be to read on.

How to Go About It?

For Windows PC or Mac owners, both come with in-built remote desktop tools. Both companies went for catchy names: Windows opted for Remote Desktop Connection; and Apple for Apple Remote Desktop. And, both technologies are fairly straightforward to set up with many detailed guides to be found on the internet. For non-third-party software and inside a home network, you’ll need little more than the login details and an IP address for the computer you want to connect with. The latter can be found by typing ‘my ip’ into Google and, well, we hope you know the former. Third-party programs exist for Windows, iOS, Linux and Chrome OS and usually involve installing a server on the target PC or having a virtualisation of your desktop hosted on the software’s server.

Choice of Clients

There is a wealth of third-party remote desktop clients to choose from. The explosion in remote access software since Microsoft’s first proprietary protocol in Windows XP means there are options to fit everyone’s needs, from enterprise-level organisations to home networks. For larger business you’ll want to take advantage of industry-leading servers like the Blaze servers used by Ericom. A remote desktop client by Ericom will give you connection speeds up to ten times faster than other clients, so your employees can access remote desktops as though they working on them locally. If you’re using a home network, the likes of LogMeIn, TeamViewer and Mikogo offer decent, free alternatives.

Why do it?

Well the real question you want to ask is: will it save me money. And the answer, thankfully, is yes. As a business you can save in terms of hardware costs, security costs and IT department workload. Remote desktop tools can get rid of the need for time-consuming updates across a network of PCs as well as save startup businesses money by allowing them to buy cheaper, thin-client computers like Chromebooks. The reason for this is that essential programs and files can all be stored on a server that can be accessed remotely by all devices. Remote desktop tools are also going to help any workforce you have transition more smoothly into the age of Bring Your Own Device and increase productivity from remote locations.

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