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Laplink Everywhere - FAQ's


What is the difference between Remote Control 4 and Remote Desktop in Laplink Everywhere 4?


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. This feature can also be a hindrance for some (see #5 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). It does not allow you to shrink the screen down to match the window size so you may have to do a bit of scrolling around if the host has a high resolution set and the guest does not.
  5. You can send a CTRL-ALT-DEL to the host computer by using CTRL-ALT-END on the guest side.

Remote Control 4

Remote Control 4 is provided 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 4 username and password are maintained by Laplink Everywhere and is separate from Windows. If you change your Windows password, the Remote Control password does NOT change.
  2. Remote Control 4 Protocol will work with any version of Windows that Laplink Everywhere will install on.
  3. The Remote Control 4 implementation allows you to switch to full screen mode (CTRL-SHIFT-F).
  4. You can send a CTRL-ALT-DEL to the host computer by clicking on the icon on the left side of the title bar and choosing “Send CTRL-ALT-DEL”. This means you must be in Windowed mode to do this.
  5. Remote Control 4 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 1:51:43 PM

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