Remote Desktop Control displays the screen of another computer (via Internet or local area network) on a local screen. This type of software enables users to use the mouse and keyboard to control the other computer remotely. It means that a user can work on a remote computer as if he or she was sitting directly in front of it, regardless of the distance between the computers.
Remote desktop applications typically use either the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Virtual Network Computing (VNC) protocol. Other remote desktop protocols include Remote Frame Buffer Protocol, Apple Remote Desktop Protocol, NX technology, the X Window System, and the Independent Computing Architecture. In order to establish a remote connection, both the host/server and client have to support the same protocol.
Remote desktop control offers significant benefits to both employees and employers. For example, with remote desktop control network administrators can directly access a user’s desktop, and provide technical support without having to be physically next to the user. Another common use of remote display software is to control multiple computers running different operating systems from a single monitor.
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To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 10 impressive remote desktop software. We cover remote desktop applications which use the RDP and VNC protocols. We have also included software which employs the SSH protocol which together with X11 forwarding allows encryption of remote X windows traffic.
Let’s explore the 10 remote desktop software at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|Remote Display Software|
|TigerVNC||Platform-neutral implementation of VNC|
|Remmina||GTK+/Gnome Remote Desktop Client|
|X2Go||Fast terminal server suite based on NoMachine's NX libraries|
|Veyon||Computer monitoring and classroom management|
|TurboVNC||TightVNC-compatible remote desktop software|
|TightVNC||Client/server allowing remote network access to graphical desktops|
|OpenSSH||Encrypted communication sessions using the ssh protocol|
|Xpra||Multi-platform persistent remote display server|
|Vinagre||VNC client for the Gnome Desktop|
|rdesktop||Client for Windows Terminal Services|
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