What is Remote Access? How to connect and use your computer from anywhere

What is remote access

Sometimes, the cloud can’t do it all.

Has there ever been a time when you panicked because you needed to get on your computer right away, but couldn’t because you didn’t have it with you?

Sure, you could store your files in the cloud. But what if you forgot one and realized you need to access it, only to be away at the airport and unable to log in to your computer?

Or what if your computer has a certain application that you need to use? If your computer is at home and you’re traveling, or if you don’t have VPN access to work from your remote computer or device, you’ll have no way of accessing the application.

Moments like these can be stressful, and can hinder your work productivity. When you’re in a situation like this, you wish you could always have your computer with you.

Thankfully, remote access makes that possible, but without requiring you to actually take your computer everywhere you go.

What is remote access?

Remote access is the ability to access a computer or device from any remote location. With a remote access program installed on your computer, you have the freedom to connect to it with another device from anywhere.

Once connected, you can have full control over the device you’re remoting to. You can then run any applications, or open and files on the computer.

Let’s go back to the example where you need to access an important file on your work computer, but you are stuck at the airport. With remote access, you can just take out your smartphone or tablet and quickly connect to your work computer.

On your smartphone or tablet, you’ll see your desktop screen look exactly how it always looks when you use it in-person. You can open the file that you need to access and then have the freedom to edit, save, email, or even transfer the file to the device you’re remoting from.

Here’s an example of remote access in action with Splashtop:

 

Does this already look like the perfect solution for you? If so, you can try our Business Access trial for free right now:

How does remote access work?

Each remote access solution is different, but generally, all work in similar ways.

First there’s the software. Once you purchase a remote access product, you’ll need to download and install the software (or app) on any computer that you want to remote to and on any computer or mobile device that you want to remote from.

Once the apps are installed, you can open the app on the device you’re remoting from and choose to connect to the device you want to remote to. As long as that device is turned on and has access to the internet, you’ll be able to connect instantly.

Keep in mind that each remote access solution will work slightly differently and have their own set of features and pricing.

Next, let’s take a look at the best remote access solutions for both business use and personal use.

Remote access products for business and personal use

Splashtop has been well-known in the remote access industry for a while, so you can trust us when we say that we have the best-in-class remote access products for personal and commercial use, with all the tools and features you need, and at a low price.

After all, our remote desktop app was one of the most downloaded apps in 2011, was selected as Appalooza’s Greatest App of All Time, and has won several other prestigious honors.

Splashtop Business Remote AccessRemote access for business

If you (or your team) want to be able to remotely access your work computers from anywhere at any time, then Splashtop Business Access is the solution for you.

For $5 per month, you can access up to 10 remote computers (Mac or Windows) over Splashtop’s fast and secure connection. You can remote from just about any computer, tablet, or smartphone device.

Splashtop Business Access is great at keeping you productive with tools like remote printing, file transferring, and remote wake. You can control your work computer in real-time, in high definition quality and sound.

If this sounds right for you, you can learn more at Splashtop Business Access and start a free trial now.

Splashtop Personal Remote AccessRemote access for personal use

If you just want to be able to access your personal Mac and Windows computers remotely, then Splashtop Personal is the solution you need.

You can use Splashtop Personal to connect to your personal computer for free over a local network, or for $16.99 a year to access it from anywhere. All you need to do to get started is download the free streamer application on the computers you want to remote to (up to 5), and then download the Splashtop Personal App on all the devices you want to remote from.

From there, you can access your home computer remotely and use it as if it was right in front of you! You could open and edit files and run applications including PC games that you’ll see in high quality video and sound.

If this sounds like the right remote access solution for you, you can read more at Splashtop Personal and download the app today!

Wrapping up

Remote access enables you to use your computer from anywhere, without having to take it with you. There are several benefits of remote access including increased productivity and an enhanced collaboration experience.

Splashtop also specializes in remote support, which enables IT professionals, customer service agents, and MSPs to provide real time attended and unattended support to their customer’s devices by connecting and taking control of them.

Plus, Splashtop’s education solutions are used in classrooms around the world to provide interactive learning experiences to students.

Visit Splashtop.com to learn more about our remote access and remote support solutions.

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