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 11 impressive remote desktop software. We cover remote desktop applications which use the RDP and VNC protocols. We have also included software which uses NX technology, as well as software employing the SSH protocol which together with X11 forwarding allows encryption of remote X windows traffic.
So, let’s explore the 11 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 and reviews.
|Remote Display Software|
|Remmina||GTK+/Gnome Remote Desktop Client|
|TightVNC||Client/server allowing remote network access to graphical desktops|
|Terminal Server Client||GTK2 frontend for rdesktop and other remote desktop tools|
|rdesktop||Client for Windows Terminal Services|
|RealVNC||Client/server allowing remote network access to graphical desktops|
|Vinagre||VNC client for the Gnome Desktop|
|LTSP||Linux Terminal Server Project adds thin-client support to Linux servers|
|x2go||Fast terminal server suite based on NoMachine's NX libraries|
|NX Free Edition||Terminal Server and Remote Access solution|
|FreeNX||Implementation of the NX Server and NX Client Components|
|OpenSSH||Encrypted communication sessions using the ssh protocol|
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