What is Remote Desktop?
The term Remote Desktop refers to a situation when people have secure remote access to a distant remote computer via desktop sharing software. By leveraging remote desktop software, which exists for PC and Mac as well as many operating systems, the user is provided with a user-friendly graphical interface for remotely accessing all of the remote computer’s applications, files, and network resources (such as printers and cameras). These resources become available to the user as if they were directly in front of the remote workstation.
How does Remote Desktop work?
The remote desktop software works by mimicking the display of remote computer, the host, on the display of the connecting computer, the client. It does this by copying the host’s display and redrawing it on the client’s display. Keyboard and mouse gestures from the client are transmitted to the host, where the machine interprets them as if they had been inputted locally. Because the service only needs to send small amounts of information (keyboard, mouse, and display) over the network and often takes advantage of compression technologies, it therefore works well in low-bandwidth scenarios.
What does Remote Desktop offer?
Once connected to a remote machine through a remote desktop connection, you have access to all of its applications and data. Common features included with remote desktop software are file transfer, audio conferencing, remote PC control, and application sharing. File sharing means that the host’s file system is available to the client with a quick transfer process, with of course the consent of both the host and client. Audio conferencing allows both the client and host to speak to one another while sharing screens. PC remote control is a vital feature for remote desktop solutions, as it enables the users to administer online computer support. Application sharing is the ability of the host to share any application or window from their own computer and show it the client.
Whom does Remote Desktop benefit?
Remote desktop technology offers many benefits for businesses and to people who want access to their office computer while at home, or to their home computer while at the office, or access to either while travelling. The effect this technology has had in the business world has been dramatic. As the stability of the Internet has grown, remote access has matured from convenience to necessity for most businesses. Tech support departments in particular benefit immensely from the flexibility they gain by being able to respond quickly to server and workstation problems occurring anywhere within the network from any computer to which they have remote desktop access.