By Hester / Last Updated January 13, 2023

Do I need fast Internet Speed for Remote Desktop?


Hello, I'm looking for a new cable Internet service provider and I'm curious as to what speed is "good enough" for using Windows Remote Desktop. I don't want to pay more for the internet speed that I almost ever use. Do I need fast Internet speed for Remote Desktop? Does anyone have advice or experience using Windows Remote Desktop at such speeds? Many thanks.”

- Question from Windows Forum

Internet Speed

Faster speed is always preferred in a Remote Desktop connection. RDP generally requires low bandwidth and processing. The Internet speed required for Remote Desktop connections depends on what you are doing in the remote session. For example, if you are using RDP for remote work, you may need the max bandwidth you can get to access files from work computer.

How to improve RDP performance when at low Internet speed [3 methods]

Undoubtedly, the faster the Internet speed, the better the RDP performance. There are still some tips you can perform to improve Remote Desktop connection performance when the Internet is not so efficient.

Method 1. Change Remote Desktop settings

You can manually set the connection speed to optimize performance in Remote Desktop basic settings.

Step 1. Search Remote Desktop Connection in the search bar, and Open it.


Step 2. Click Show Options.

Show Options

Step 3. Go to Experience tab, click the drop-down menu to choose your connection speed.

Choose RDP Connection Speed

Step 4. Back to General tab, and click Save to refresh the change.

Save Connection Settings

Method 2. Make config changes to Group Policies

Instead of changing Internet speed for Remote Desktop, you can optimize your RDP performance by making config changes to Group Policies.

Step 1. Press Win + R and enter “gpedit.msc” to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Run Box gpedit.msc

Step 2. Navigate to: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Remote Session Environment.

Then you can see several policies on the right pane, read through each policy, and manually configure the ones important for your Remote Desktop environment.

Remote Session Environment

Method 3. Adjust system performance settings

You can also adjust your computer’s system performance settings to optimize RDP. Please see the following steps:

Step 1. Search “view advanced system settings” from the Start menu, and press Enter to open it.

View Advanced System Settings

Step 2. Click Settings under the Performance section.

System Properties

Step 3. Tick Adjust for best appearance, and click Apply > OK. You can also customize the settings by selecting whichever option you prefer.

Performance Options

RDP alternative: Access your remote computer in a fast & stable way

Remote Desktop session may lag when in a weak network connection, and it is complicated to establish RDP connections over the Internet. If you are looking for a more powerful remote access tool, we recommend you use AnyViewer to complete a stable and fast remote connection with only one click.

Compared with Remote Desktop, AnyViewer has the following benefits you can’t miss:

Fast & stable connection in low latency.
Over-Internet connection without VPN or port forwarding.
Available versions for Windows computers. (including Windows Home/Standard edition)
High-speed file transfer.
Considerate built-in options. (chat, image quality, resolution, etc.)
Simultaneous multiple sessions.

Download AnyViewer on your devices, and follow the steps to set up unattended remote access with only one click.

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Step 1. Launch AnyViewer on host computer, go to Log in, and click Sign up.

Log in AnyViewer

Tips: AnyViewer also supports iOS and Android devices, which means you can remotely access Windows computer from iPhone, Android phone or tablets.

Step 2. Fill the information and click Sign up.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. Launch AnyViewer on client computer, log in to the same account, and the client PC will be assigned to the account automatically.

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Step 4. Go to Device, select the computer you want to remote into, and click One-click control.

Connect to My Devices

Notes:✎...You can also upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan then the following rights will thereafter be yours:
Assign more devices.
More concurrent connection channels for an Enterprise plan.
More simultaneous sessions.
Transfer unlimited files at once.


This post introduces how to  improve Internet speed for Remote Desktop performance. You can use the max Internet speed you can get to achieve better Remote Desktop performance. There still are several methods to improve RDP session performance. Besides, if you don’t want to manually change the settings, AnyViewer could be your best option to complete fast & stable remote sessions.