Remote Desktop connections from a linksys router

Who is it for

Sometimes you are away from your home computer and need to access it.  Here is a way you can do it using remote desktop and a linksys router. To accomplish this task you have to forward the remote desktop port on your router to your local machine.

you need to have one of the following operating systems (home editions will not work)

  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition
  • Windows 8 Professional, or Enterprise edition

Why do you need to forward the remote desktop port

any traffic you receive on the internet comes to your router first. Your router then sends the traffic to the right target (computers, phones, TVs, etc). Forwarding the tcp port 3389 lets your router know that all RDP (remote desktop protocal) traffic should goto your local computer.

Steps:

  1. Allow remote connections to your computer.
  2. Make sure Remote Desktop is able to communicate through your firewall.
  3. Find the local IP address of your computer.
  4. Open your router’s configuration screen and forward TCP port 3389 to your computer’s local IP address.
  5. Find your router’s public IP address.
  6. Open Remote Desktop Connection and connect.

 

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