Setting up Computers For Using Windows Remote Desktop
The first page of this article on connecting Windows Remote Desktop in 7 in network described how to turn on Remote Desktop in Windows 7 and other operating systems that can be accessed using the feature. Once you have turned on the Remote Desktop feature, you have to make sure that no firewall blocks the Remote Desktop feature. If you are using the Windows default firewall, you can use the Allow a Program or Feature to scroll down and select the Remote Desktop (you can access Windows Firewall settings through Control Panel -> Windows Firewall). If you are using a third party firewall, you need to contact the firewall vendor to find out how to set up an exception for the Remote Desktop in Windows 7.
Finally, you need to setup your router to allow data transfers among the computers in the network. You need to note down the IP address of each computer that you wish to configure for Remote Desktop in Windows 7. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Open a web browser;
2. Type in the router's address in the address bar. Most of the times, the router's address is 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. If you cannot open the router setup page using either of these IP addresses, call your ISP or check the router manual to obtain the correct IP address for the router.
3. Type in the router's ID and password. In most cases, the ID is admin and password is password. If it says incorrect password, contact your ISP.
4. This step involves some real work. You have to expand all items in the left to search for the option labeled Port Forwarding or Port Mapping.
5. Now that you have the IP address of the router and the IP address of all the computers that you wish to use Remote Desktop on, you need to forward the TCP port to 3389. Please note that 3389 is the default Windows port for Remote Desktop in Windows 7.
6. Obviously, you will want to set up the Port Forwarding to all the computers on your network so that you can use Windows 7 Remote Desktop on each. You can achieve this by assigning incremental port numbers to each computer. The incremental ports are 3390, 3391, 3392, and so on. You need to setup Port Forwarding to each computer in the following format: 242.116.12.33:3390. In short, you are using the IP address followed by a full colon and then the incremental port number.
7. Save the settings and reboot.
You are now done with connecting Windows Remote Desktop in 7 in network. To access the feature, just open the Start menu and type remote in the Search bar. In the dialog box that appears, type in your router's external IP address and hit Enter.
Note: To get the external IP address of your router, you need to search for a program on the Internet that can tell you the external IP address of your router.