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Laplink Gold 12 - FAQ's


What is the difference between Remote Desktop and Remote Control in Laplink Gold?


Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is Microsoft’s implementation of a protocol to allow one to remotely control a computer from another machine via a network. This protocol is only available on Windows XP Professional (not Home) and Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server with Terminal Services installed. If you are not using one of the above versions of Windows, the Remote Desktop option will not be available. It will not work on any other versions of Windows. Remote Desktop has the following benefits:
  1. When establishing a Remote Desktop connection, you are prompted to log into the computer as if you were sitting at it. This means you must have a local (or domain) user account that is capable of logging into the computer. This username & password is NOT maintained by Laplink at all, it is maintained by Windows (either the host computer or the domain the host computer is attached to). This means that a user does not need to have a separate Remote Control username & password, Remote Desktop just uses the Windows login information so when your Windows password changes, you use it for Remote Desktop instead of having to remember different passwords or having to update the password list separately.
  2. A feature of RDP that some people will like is that when you log into the host computer using Remote Desktop (RDP), the computer becomes locked and someone that is sitting at it will NOT be able to see or interfere with what you are doing. If you do not wish to risk someone at the host computer seeing what you are doing, this is the only option we have available. The Screen Blanking option for Laplink Gold does not work on newer computers. This feature can also be a hindrance for some (see #6 under Laplink Remote Control)
  3. Since RDP is built directly into Windows, it will tend to be a little bit faster than our Remote Control.
  4. The Remote Desktop implementation allows you to switch to full screen mode (CTRL-SHIFT-F) and/or to shrink the host screen size to fit the current window size (CTRL-SHIFT-S).
  5. You can send a CTRL-ALT-DEL to the host computer by using the Session Menu option at the top. You must be in Windowed mode in order to do this.

Remote Control

Remote Control is designed by Laplink and is similar to the Remote Desktop option. The following are the benefits you get from using the Laplink Remote Control protocol instead of the Remote Desktop Protocol:
  1. Remote Control username and password are maintained by Laplink Gold and is separate from Windows. If you change your Windows password, the Remote Control password does NOT change.
  2. Remote Control Protocol will work with any version of Windows that Laplink Gold will install on (Win98Se or newer for Laplink Gold 12 or Win95 or newer for Laplink Gold 11.5).
  3. The Remote Control implementation allows you to switch to full screen mode (CTRL-SHIFT-F) and/or to shrink the host screen size to fit the current window size (CTRL-SHIFT-S).
  4. You can send a CTRL-ALT-DEL to the host computer by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-D. This means you can send the CTRL-ALT-DEL while you are in full screen mode. With Remote Desktop, you must be in Windowed mode in order to do this (by clicking on the Session menu option).
  5. Laplink Remote Control passes MOST keyboard shortcuts on to the host computer. When using Remote Desktop, if you press ALT-TAB, you will switch between applications on your guest (local) machine. With Remote Control, when you hit ALT-TAB, it will switch between applications on the Host (remote) machine. For people who use alot of keyboard shortcuts, this is VERY nice.
  6. Laplink Remote Control shares the screen, mouse, & keyboard with the host computer. This means that you can use Remote Control to take control of a computer and someone sitting at that computer can watch what is being done. This is helps in showing someone how to do something and they can watch to make sure you are not doing something they don't want. Also, since the control is shared, if there becomes a need for a username & password, you can get to that point and ask them to the information in without having to know what they are. This is more secure and easier for both parties.

Last Updated: 11/10/2005 12:29:25 PM

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