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Question RDP alternative

CU

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I remote into my company laptop from my personal computer when I work from home. That way I don't have to swap my keyboard, mice, etc. back and forth between the two computers. It works great. But, my companies VPN is blocking RDP now. VNC works, but then I am limited to my laptops low resolution instead of my 4k monitor as VNC will not change resolutions like RDP does. Are there any free RDP alternatives out there that I can try?
 

CU

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Just tried TeamViewer. I don't see a way to change the resolution to 4K to match my personal computer's monitor. It displays it at my laptops resolution of 1600x900. I need something that will let me pick the resolution like RDP does.
 

mxnerd

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Don't know why you can't. It will be blurry though, since your laptop is only 1600x900. There is nothing you can do with that unless you can attach a 4K monitor to your laptop.

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CU

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I don't have all those resolutions. I assume your remote machine supports all those resolutions as it only shows what my laptop screen supports. And, yes scaling is not an option. RDP doesn't have this issue. So, I am trying to find something to replace it with. Turning out to be harder than I expected.
 

CU

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Was just reading about those dummy adaptors. Also, looking for some software that would trick it into allowing custom resolutions. But, that dummy adapter maybe the only options.
 

PingSpike

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If I understand it correctly, you still bring the laptop home its just you need a way to share your monitor and keyboard? If that is true, have you considered a KVM switch?
 

mikeymikec

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RDP is different to how other remote access applications work.

Other remote access applications show you 'the console': what you would expect to see if you were physically sitting at the computer using the default monitor. If a 1024x768 monitor is connected and running at native resolution, that's the size window / resolution the remote access app will show you.

RDP does not show you 'the console' as such. RDP makes the host work a bit like a mainframe. The client says it wants a desktop of such-and-such dimensions, so that's what the host serves up. A proper Windows Terminal Server will allow many people to be connected at once, all at different resolutions, and each can do whatever they like provided that they're signed in as different Windows users. 'Professional' editions of Windows allow up to 2 RDP connections simultaneously.

I don't know of an alternative to RDP on Windows.
 

CU

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If I understand it correctly, you still bring the laptop home its just you need a way to share your monitor and keyboard? If that is true, have you considered a KVM switch?
Thought about a KVM, but a KVM that does 4K@60 isn't cheap. Right now RDP is still working. I just have to sign onto the VPN first then RDP into the laptop. Not sure how long that loop hole will last. If that loop hole closes it seems dummy monitor and teamviewer may be the way to go. I should be getting a new work laptop soon, so that may also change things. The new one should support a 4K screen. I could then just use a USB swtich for keyboard / mouse and connect my laptop to another input on my 4K monitor. It would be like a KVM I just have to push two buttons instead of one.
 

PingSpike

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Thought about a KVM, but a KVM that does 4K@60 isn't cheap. Right now RDP is still working. I just have to sign onto the VPN first then RDP into the laptop. Not sure how long that loop hole will last. If that loop hole closes it seems dummy monitor and teamviewer may be the way to go. I should be getting a new work laptop soon, so that may also change things. The new one should support a 4K screen. I could then just use a USB swtich for keyboard / mouse and connect my laptop to another input on my 4K monitor. It would be like a KVM I just have to push two buttons instead of one.
Yeah, I think there are some cheapish HDMI switches that do 4K but you're right that changes things. The monitor switch plus USB switch is the cheapest and probably most reliable way to do it, if you don't mind the extra button presses. KVMs can be pretty flaky.
 

mxnerd

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According to PingSpike, you brought the laptop home besides your PC? If that's the case, why do you need to connect VPN first?

The traffic goes out to internet and then comes back. That slow you down quite a bit. Why not just RDP locally?
 

CU

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According to PingSpike, you brought the laptop home besides your PC? If that's the case, why do you need to connect VPN first?

The traffic goes out to internet and then comes back. That slow you down quite a bit. Why not just RDP locally?
The laptop is on my desk beside my desktop all wired Ethernet to a 1gig internet connection. I connect the laptop to the VPN. Then I RDP from my desktop to the laptop. If I RPD first the VPN my company uses blocks the VPN connection when it detects the RDP connection. The VPN apparently only checks for the RDP connection when it connects.

I haven't noticed any slow down vs when they used the old VPN and I could RDP before the VPN connection was made.
 

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