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How to Access a Remote IP Address

by Bennett Gavrish
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The Windows operating system includes a service known as Remote Desktop that allows users to access other computers over a network connection. In order to establish a Remote Desktop session with another computer, all you need to know is the remote system's IP address. Once you establish a connection and log in, you will be able to control the remote computer through a virtual desktop environment.

Step 1

Ensure that the remote computer that you want to access is powered on and connected to the Internet.

Step 2

Open the "Start" menu on your local computer and expand the "All Programs" list.

Step 3

Go into the "Accessories" and "Communications" folders and then click on "Remote Desktop Connection."

Step 4

Enter the remote IP address that you want to access in the "Computer" field in the pop-up window. The IP address should be a string of four numbers separated by periods.

Step 5

Hit the "Connect" button to establish a remote connection to the specified IP address.

Wait for the remote computer to load in the virtual environment and then log in using a valid username and password. After you log in, you will be able to control the remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it.

Items you will need

  • PC running Windows XP or later

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