DIY Guide: Free Remote Desktop
Aug 20, 2022
Windows 10 Pro, 11 Pro, and macOS already include a remote desktop service. All you need to take advantage of that is a secure way of connecting to your computer through the Internet. That's what The 2hO Network can do for you.
It's easy to create your own remote desktops using our client software. The 2hO client allows you to create secure virtual connections between computers regardless of where they are located.
Once you have a secure connection established, it's as easy as just running the Windows Remote Desktop client and typing the names of your other computers. Your computers can be in the same room or in different cities. It works the same way.
Unlike other remote desktop solutions, your devices are not exposed to the Internet at all. All of your connections are point-to-point and securely encrypted. You don't need to worry about being hacked by Internet scammers. You are using the same software that shipped with Windows.
The only person that can connect to your computer is you. Only you have the encryption keys. Your computers are not exposed to the public Internet at all. It's all within your private encrypted cloud.
Simply sign up and install the 2hO software on each computer. Now, your computers will be able to see each other as if they are on the same physical LAN. Of course, you can have more than 2 computers. But the process of setting it up is the same.
Then make sure you enable Remote Desktop connections on the computers you wish to reach. In Windows 11, this is done under Settings > Remote Desktop. Then turn it on. This allows your computer to accept remote connections from the network. Not the Internet. Just the local network. Windows 10 is similar.
Then from another computer which is also running the 2hO client software, open the Remote Desktop Connection software and specify the 2hO name of the computer you want to reach. E.g. homepc.myusername.2ho.ca. You will be prompted for the credentials of the computer you are trying to reach. That prompt is coming from your other computer.
That's it. It now works exactly the same way it would if both computers were in the same room.
If you are not trying to reach a Windows Pro computer, (e.g. Windows Home Edition), then the Remote Desktop software is not part of Windows. But you can still install one of many free VNC programs (e.g. TightVNC) to get remote desktop functionality. It works the same way. The 2hO Network provides a secure connection, and VNC provides the remote terminal.
Make sure you have the 2hO client software installed and running on each machine.
MacOS includes VNC functionality out of the box. You just need to enable it. Go into System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing and enable it.
Then from another Mac, use Apple Remote Desktop or the free VNC client of your choice to connect using the 2hO name. E.g. mymac.myusername.2ho.ca
If you are using The 2hO Network for non-commercial purposes… there is no cost for this solution. It's a free service limited only by how much space you have on the other computers.
Linux is pretty much the same as the other two. You need the 2hO software running. You also need to install the remote desktop software of your choice, e.g. VNC-Server. Then connect from a VNC client using the 2hO name. E.g. homepc.myusername.2ho.ca
Of course, you can also use ssh from the shell. E.g. ssh myserver.myusername.2ho.ca
Once a connection is established through The 2hO Network, you can access any of the services running on your machines just by referring to the 2hO name