How to Set Up the Remote Desktop in a Wireless LAN

By Dustin Lamb

Setting up Remote Desktop in a wireless LAN is easier than setting up Remote Desktop to use over the Internet. You don't need to configure your router to forward traffic for this configuration. You merely need to enable Remote Desktop connections on the computers that you want to access through your wireless network and record the names of those computers. The setup process is the same as on a wired network. Using Remote Desktop will allow you to access computers on your local network from the computer that you are currently using.

Step 1

Click "Start," right-click "Computer" and select "Properties" on a computer you want to access remotely. Click "Remote settings" on the left.

Step 2

Click "Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)." Click "Select users." Click "Add to allow additional users to access the computer remotely with their accounts."

Step 3

Click "OK" twice. Record the computer name from the computer properties window.

Step 4

Click "Start," "All programs," "Accessories" and "Remote Desktop Connection" on a different computer. Enter the computer name in the text box and click "Connect."

Step 5

Enter a user account and password for the remote computer (not the physical computer you are using) when prompted. You must enter login credentials for a user that is recognized on the remote computer. That computer's desktop then will open in a new window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Due to limitations in the Windows operating system, Remote Desktop cannot be used to connect remotely with a computer running Windows 7 Starter or Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium.
  • You will not be able to connect to a computer in sleep mode so you must disable that option on any computer that you wish to connect with remotely.