Direct Remote Access
- Faculty / Staff
These instructions will allow you to connect directly to your Windows office computer at home using either a PC or Mac. In order to establish said connection, you need to configure your office computer's settings, and then your come computer's connection application.
These instructions will only allow you to connect to a Windows PC, It is not possible to connect to a Mac via this method.
Configuring the Remote Access Pathway
- Your Windows office computer should have a static or DHCP reserved IP Address. To reserve a static IP Address, please contact the OIT Support Center.
Check the power settings on your office PC to ensure that the work station does not go to sleep. If the computer goes to sleep, restarts, or shuts down, you will be unable to connect to it.
- From the Start Menu, search for Power Options.
- When the Power Options window appears, click on Change when the computer sleeps on the left hand side of the screen.
- Change the Put the computer to sleep option to Never and then click on Save changes.
- Click on the Start Menu and search for Windows Firewall.
- In the Windows Firewall Screen, click on Allow an App or Feature through Windows Firewall.
- From the Allowed apps window, click on Change settings.
- Scroll down until you see Remote Desktop and make sure that it is enabled for Domain and Private networks. Then click on OK.
Remote Security Settings
- Open up the Start Menu and search for Allow remote access to your computer.
- From the System Properties menu, under the Remote Desktop heading, click on Select Users.
- From the Remote Desktop Users window, click on the Add button.
- Enter in your NetID under in the Enter the Object names to select and then click on OK.
- A new window will appear. Click on your name and then click on Ok.
Your office computer is now ready for direct remote connection.
If you have any issues following these instructions, or do not have admin rights on your computer, please contact the OIT Support Center.