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Direct Remote Access

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  • 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. 

Power Options 

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 OptionsScreenshot of the Win 10 start menu with a red box around the Power & sleep settings option and a red arrow pointing towards the Power and sleep settings option.
  • When the Power Options  window appears, click on Change when the computer sleeps on the left hand side of the screen. 
    Screenshot of the Power options window with a red box around the Change when the computer sleeps option and a red arrow pointing towards the Change when the computer sleeps option.
  • Change the Put the computer to sleep option to Never and then click on Save changes

Screenshot of the Windows Power Settings with a red box around the Save changes button and a red arrow pointing towards the Save changes button.

Firewall Settings

  • Click on the Start Menu and search for Windows Firewall. Screenshot of the Windows Start Menu with a red box around the Windows Firewall option and a red arrow pointing towards the Windows Firewall option.
  • In the Windows Firewall Screen, click on Allow an App or Feature through Windows FirewallScreenshot of the Windows Firewall window with a red box around the Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.
  • From the Allowed apps window, click on Change settingsScreenshot of Windows Firewall screen with a red box around the Change settings button and a red arrow pointing towards the Change settings button.
  • Scroll down until you see Remote Desktop and make sure that it is enabled for Domain and Private networks. Then click on OKScreenshot of the Allowed apps and features window with a red box around the OK button and a red arrow pointing towards the OK button.

Remote Security Settings

  • Open up the Start Menu and search for Allow remote access to your computerScreenshot of the Windows 10 Start Menu with a red box around the Allow remote access to your computer option and a red arrow pointing towards the allow remote access to your computer option.
  • From the System Properties menu, under the Remote Desktop heading, click on Select UsersScreenshot of the System Properties window with a red box around the Select Users button and a red arrow pointing towards the select users button.
  • From the Remote Desktop Users window, click on the Add button. Screenshot of the Remote Desktop Users window with a red box around the Add button and a red arrow pointing towards the Add button.
  • Enter in your NetID under in the Enter the Object names to select and then click on OK. Screenshot of the Select Users or Groups window with a red box around the OK button and a red arrow pointing towards the OK button.
  • 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. 


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