How to Access a Remote IP Address

by Bennett Gavrish

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.


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


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


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


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.


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.

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About the Author

Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.

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